In the MetoyerLab, we apply the human-centered design thinking process to address problems at the intersection of people and machines with a particular emphasis on data-centric applications. Each stage of this process presents opportunities for contributions to the research community in varioius forms including behavior modeling and characterization, domain characterization, algorithm implementation, and design guidelines. Below are some examples of projects that we are currently engaged in.

Diagram courtesty of the Nielsen-Norman Group

Food Information Networks

This project is funded by the National Institute for Food and Agriculture and focuses on addressing food insecurity at both the information and physical access levels. Our team of designers, computer scientists, and social scientists from multiple institutions are engaging in a multiple phase project to thoroughly understand the barriers to access to healthy food, develop technological supports, and deploy and study our intervention in two cities – South Bend, Indiana, and Detroit, Michigan.

The project PIs are Ron Metoyer, Nitesh Chawla, Ann-Marie Conrado, and Danielle Wood of the University of Notre Dame, and Tawanna Dillahunt of the University of Michigan. Community partners include Beckie Lies (Purdue Extension), Gillian Shaw and Michelle Sawwan (enFocus), Sue Taylor (Beacon Community Impact), and Robin Vida (St. Joseph County Health Department).