Awarded 2017 ERISF Grant

We are awarded the Engineering Research and Innovation Seed Funding (ERISF) by the College of Engineering at the University of Arkansas (UA). As introduced on the program website, “The overarching goal of the ERISF program is to assist engineering researchers in developing new innovative research programs that have strong potential for significant future support from government agencies, corporations, industry, consortia, or foundations.

In this interdisciplinary research project, we aim to understand engineering design thinking in complex systems design. In particular, we are interested in quantitatively characterizing and computationally modeling designers’ thinking in three aspects: the divergent-convergent reasoning, the system thinking and the sequential decision-making in engineering design. The accomplishment of this project will lay the foundation for our future study towards realizing artificial intelligence assisted design (AIAD). This project will be carried out through a collaborative effort with  Dr. Michael Gashler from the Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering at the UA, and Dr. Charles Xie from Concord Consortium. See more introduction on our Research Project page.

Our Effort in Adopting OER is Noticed by the Local Media

We are one of the five this year to be awarded the new grant, the Open Education Resources Incentive Program, at the University of Arkansas. Our effort in adopting OER to help students access low-cost, open access educational materials is seen by the local community. See the news report from Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette:–1/.