Purdue Interaction Design MFA Program

Situation awareness visualization design to monitor large-scale network cybersecurity

This research was motivated by three IEEE VAST design awards we received since 2012. The goal is to enhance situational awareness and cybersecurity analysis through the design and prototyping of desktop or mobile visualization system that can provide network managers situational alert visualizations outside the office. It accomplishes the goal through the combination of various considerations and techniques, including tangible user interaction, visual correlation for situational awareness, big data visual analytics, and network security visualization

Cognitive requirement analysis and interactive device design for patients with chronic conditions

This research was motivated by GE Healthcare home health monitor project done by senior students in 2010 Fall. It aims to understand patients’ cognitive limitations, take their impairment into consideration, integrate interaction design into industrial design practice, and evaluate the outcomes to gain insights of interactive product design principles and methodologies to patients with chronic conditions.

Information visualization design in products

The future of user interfaces is in the direction of larger, information-abundant displays. Based on this insight, we design and develop a variety of user interfaces and widgets to present, search, browse, filter, and compare rich information spaces. In the context of product design, our research aim to represent the information in the way that it is explicit and elegant for users to navigate and interpret.

Business model generation to enrich design

Business model innovation is about replacing outdated models and creating value for companies, customers, and society. Cheryl is collaborating with Dr. Sandra S. Liu from Department of Consuming Science and Retailing on integrating the business model generation into design education.

Digital design collaboration

Design is inherently collaborative. However, current computational design systems are based on a single user model in which the end artifact may be shared among several people, but the process is poorly represented and supported. Cheryl research aims to understand and evaluate the mid-level patterns of work that recur across designers and tasks in the context of digital collaborative design. It follows the trend of her graduate research projects.

Parametric design exploration

Parametric design is an approach to product modeling that associates engineering knowledge with geometry and topology in the product model by means of constraints. This research acts as an extension of Cheryl’s PhD research but she will re-contextualize the work in the new interactive product design domain. It will investigate how innovative parametric design systems assist design activities and the actual user requirements for such support.