Author Archives: egerber

Joining Northwestern Initiative for Manufacturing Science and Innovation (NIMSI)

I am honored to have been asked by Associate Vice President for Research, Dr. Jian Cao, to join Northwestern Initiative for Manufacturing Science and Innovation (NIMSI) aims to facilitate the translation of ideas to impact both mass production of products and emerging hyper-customized and personalized manufacturing. It will do so across the broad spectrum of design integration, material innovation, novel processes, computational methods, human-machine interface, logistics, economic and employment analysis, and more.

Work in Progress on a Mobile Crowdsourcing System accepted at CHI

Congratulations to our Delta Lab students, Emily Harburg and Youngsong Kim for their Work In Progress acceptance at CHI titled “CrowdFound: A Mobile Crowdsourcing System to Find Lost Items On-the-Go” 

CrowdFound allows users to input lost item descriptions on a map and then sends notifications to users passing near tagged areas. To assess the system’s efficacy, they conducted interviews and user testing on CrowdFound. Their results show that users were able to find lost items when using a combination of the notification, map, and item description features. In addition, users were willing to deviate off path to look for lost items, particularly when exercising. Their findings also suggest socio-technical features to promote more effective on-the-go crowdsourced help on microtasks. This research builds CHI’s understanding of physical crowdsourcing as a tool for solving societal problems and suggests broader implications for utilizing mobile crowds.


DFA Stanford Leaders found Girls Driving for a Difference

Huge shout out to Jenna Leonardo and Katie Kirsch who founded Girls Driving for a Difference. Girls Driving for a Difference is a team of Stanford students using design thinking to empower middle-school girls across the United States to become leaders of social change, both within their local communities and beyond.

This Summer of 2015, Jenna, Katie, and team will be driving in an RV across America, visiting all-women’s communities (specifically leadership and summer camps for middle school girls), and coaching design thinking and leadership workshops. These workshops will give girls the tools, inspiration, and creative confidence to discover their purpose, enact social change in their communities, and envision their own dreams for someday changing the world.

More information here.

Research accepted for presentation at AERA 2015

I am thrilled for PhD students Daniel Lewis Rees and Anna Bethune as their papers “Helping Engineers Thrive: Feedback Systems for Ill-Defined Challenges,” and “Let’s Change Illinois Together: Youth Civic Engagement and New Media,” have been accepted for presentation at the 2015 AERA Annual Meeting.