Directed Research in Human Centered Design & Engineering

Directed Research in Human Centered Design & Engineering


[Chatter]: … walk around and check each
other’s patterns. Feel free to initiate any discussions you
want … Nicole:
Directed Research Groups are a way for students to get involved in more of the academic research
side of things. Kaitlyn:
It was a way to explore the major that wasn’t too stressful … it was a very fun thing
to do. Nicole:
The particular Directed Research Group, or DRG, that I am in has exposed me to a lot
of different skills and situations that I normally would not be exposed to. [Chatter]: … up until now, until the end
of the quarter, everyone was kind of working on their own thing, so now you are able to
kind of dive in to each other’s work … Sean:
It’s required for all HCDE students to take some of these Directed Research Groups. But, they can very much mix and match for
what kind of research group they want. By picking different topics, students can
get ones that match their interests, they can also pick ones that are going to work
on the skills they really want to pick up on. [Chatter]: … if you have an idea already, have decided you want to work with framing of the text,
or image ID? … Nicole:
The topic of the DRG that I am in is — how to help designers learn what tools are available
for their designs, to encourage specific behavior change among users. [Chatter] Kaitlyn: The project I’m apart of right now is specific
on permutations. Permutations, in other words is kind of like
the game of telephone, how does one message alter as you go down the line? [Chatter]: … two permutations might be happening
at once as it’s starting to go … and you don’t have proof that they’re the same, unless
they’re coming from the same tweet. Kaitlyn:
So, we’re looking at misinformation on social media, and particularly we’re looking at kind
of the reaction on twitter when it comes to disaster events. Some days we’ll just be reading tweets, and
trying to pick apart each word. Other days we’ll be looking at the data as
a holistic picture. [Chatter] Nicole: The DRG that I’m participating in is really
a melting pot of many different backgrounds. There are freshman undergrads, who just got
into the HCDE program as an undergrad…there’s graduate students…it’s all across the board. I would say I was able to bring — I hope
— more of a critical thinking into, um, how to encourage a behavior among users, because
I’ve worked in mental health before. Kaitlyn:
I just thought it was really interesting to do research in social media. It’s something that we all know about and,
um, I didn’t think that I could be doing research in a field that was so practical and so close
to our daily lives. [Chatter]: … what you actually have is a
time series. Let’s say you put it at like five-minute intervals,
and you count … Sean:
Most problems these days are going to be solved by multidisciplinary teams, and by having
the exposure and the experience of working with people who bring different sets of skills
and different training, I think our students leave more prepared, and more able to solve
hard problems than they would if they worked with people who all have the same background,
and the same training. Kaitlyn:
It really confirmed with me that I wanted to study this in the future, and I think more
importantly it really showed me the power of research and it showed me how important
it was in our daily lives.

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