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Bridges of Pittsburgh

Matthew Lincoln, Scott Weingart, Emma Slayton & Jessica Otis
The Bridges of Pittsburgh is a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative public-facing project that pays homage both to an innovative, field-defining mathematical problem and to one of the defining features of our city. We proposed to discover how many of Pittsburgh’s 446 bridges could be traversed without crossing the same bridge twice, in the process addressing issues in processing crowdsourced GIS data, performing graph traversal with complex constraints, and using network analysis to compare communities formed...

Bridges of Pittsburgh

Matthew Lincoln, Scott Weingart, Emma Slayton & Jessica Otis
The Bridges of Pittsburgh is a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative public-facing project that pays homage both to an innovative, field-defining mathematical problem and to one of the defining features of our city. We proposed to discover how many of Pittsburgh’s 446 bridges could be traversed without crossing the same bridge twice, in the process addressing issues in processing crowdsourced GIS data, performing graph traversal with complex constraints, and using network analysis to compare communities formed...

Historical changes of annual temperature and precipitation indices in the U.S. cities

Yuchuan Lai & David Dzombak
This dataset provide:a) annual average temperature, total precipitation, and temperature and precipitation extremes calculations for 210 U.S. cities.
b) historical rates of annual temperature, precipitation, and extremes change in the 210 U.S. cities.c) estimated thresholds (reference levels) for the calculations of annual extreme indices including warm and cold days, warm and cold nights, and precipitation amount from very wet days in the 210 cities.
Annual average of daily mean temperature, Tmax, and Tmin are included for annual...

Assessment of historical annual temperature and precipitation indices change in the U.S. cities

Yuchuan Lai & David Dzombak
This dataset provide:a) annual average temperature, total precipitation, and temperature and precipitation extremes calculations for 210 U.S. cities.
b) historical rates of annual temperature, precipitation, and extremes change in the 210 U.S. cities.c) estimated thresholds (reference levels) for the calculations of annual extreme indices including warm and cold days, warm and cold nights, and precipitation amount from very wet days in the 210 cities.
Annual average of daily mean temperature, Tmax, and Tmin are included for annual...

Compiled daily temperature and precipitation data for the U.S. cities

Yuchuan Lai & David Dzombak
Compiled historical daily temperature and precipitation data for 210 U.S. cities.
Cities were selected based on lengths of existing climate records, which start at least earlier than 1900. However, cities may miss substantial amounts of data during their periods of record.
Each file provides available historical daily maximum and minimum temperature and daily precipitation data for one U.S. city. File was named by the city's current active weather station ID (GHCN ID).
Cities may miss daily data for...

Compiled daily temperature and precipitation data for the U.S. cities

Yuchuan Lai & David Dzombak
Compiled historical daily temperature and precipitation data for 210 U.S. cities.
Cities were selected based on lengths of existing climate records, which start at least earlier than 1900. However, cities may miss substantial amounts of data during their periods of record.
Each file provides available historical daily maximum and minimum temperature and daily precipitation data for one U.S. city. File was named by the city's current active weather station ID (GHCN ID).
Cities may miss daily data for...

Pathways: Engaging Tech Workers In The Career Paths Of Underserved Youth

Zacharia Bachiri
In America’s cities, not all communities share equal access to economic opportunity and mobility. And while underserved communities of color are being pushed out of urban centers by rising costs of living, tech firms are moving in. As a result, these two communities may find themselves in close physical proximity, while socially and culturally separated. Despite this proximity, the tech industry lacks diversity in its workforce. While Black and Latinx Americans make up ~28% of...

Pathways: Engaging Tech Workers In The Career Paths Of Underserved Youth

Zacharia Bachiri
In America’s cities, not all communities share equal access to economic opportunity and mobility. And while underserved communities of color are being pushed out of urban centers by rising costs of living, tech firms are moving in. As a result, these two communities may find themselves in close physical proximity, while socially and culturally separated. Despite this proximity, the tech industry lacks diversity in its workforce. While Black and Latinx Americans make up ~28% of...

Design for City Planning: Cultivating Planners’ Interest in Adopting Design Methods in Planning Meetings

Yin-Jen Wang
This thesis project explores opportunities of bringing human-centered design methodologies to long- term city planning, a policymaking process with a framework that resembles the divergent-convergent double-diamond framework of design thinking but with executions that allow little ambiguity and iteration—key principles of human-centered design. In particular, the thesis investigates “meetings” as a particular context in which design methodologies can be introduced and utilized.
The thesis includes three core findings: (1) contextual factors that contributed to the success...

Design for City Planning: Cultivating Planners’ Interest in Adopting Design Methods in Planning Meetings

Yin-Jen Wang
This thesis project explores opportunities of bringing human-centered design methodologies to long- term city planning, a policymaking process with a framework that resembles the divergent-convergent double-diamond framework of design thinking but with executions that allow little ambiguity and iteration—key principles of human-centered design. In particular, the thesis investigates “meetings” as a particular context in which design methodologies can be introduced and utilized.
The thesis includes three core findings: (1) contextual factors that contributed to the success...

Design for Empowerment: Bolstering Knowledge and Skills to Aid Sustainable Awareness and Actions

Tzu-Chao Chou
Over time, our lifestyles accrete habits and become rigid. While many behavior change projects focus on the active part of our daily practices, trying to foster incremental, micro-level behavior change, they often fail to facilitate lifestyle change in the broad sense due to the rigidity of our everyday lives.
For example, in aiming to enforce portion control, designers could focus on the size of a plate, but this interaction-driven approach frequently fails to encourage people...

Design for Empowerment: Bolstering Knowledge and Skills to Aid Sustainable Awareness and Actions

Tzu-Chao Chou
Over time, our lifestyles accrete habits and become rigid. While many behavior change projects focus on the active part of our daily practices, trying to foster incremental, micro-level behavior change, they often fail to facilitate lifestyle change in the broad sense due to the rigidity of our everyday lives.
For example, in aiming to enforce portion control, designers could focus on the size of a plate, but this interaction-driven approach frequently fails to encourage people...

Project Care: Empowering Elderly Chronic Disease Patients to Better Understand and Manage Their Treatment Plans Through Enhanced Patient-Centric Services and Systems

Suzanne Choi & Laura Rodriguez-Eng
The purpose of this thesis project was to explore the relationship and communication between physicians, patients, and caregivers, and reexamine the implementation strategies for post-acute care treatment plans. Our goals were to understand (1) the difficulties that elderly patients with chronic conditions face (2) to design an intervention that would help them to better understand, implement, and manage their chronic conditions at home. The risk of developing a chronic condition, such as heart disease or...

Project Care: Empowering Elderly Chronic Disease Patients to Better Understand and Manage Their Treatment Plans Through Enhanced Patient-Centric Services and Systems

Suzanne Choi & Laura Rodriguez-Eng
The purpose of this thesis project was to explore the relationship and communication between physicians, patients, and caregivers, and reexamine the implementation strategies for post-acute care treatment plans. Our goals were to understand (1) the difficulties that elderly patients with chronic conditions face (2) to design an intervention that would help them to better understand, implement, and manage their chronic conditions at home. The risk of developing a chronic condition, such as heart disease or...

Affordances for Multi-device Gestural Interactions in Augmented Reality

Shengzhi Wu
This thesis research explores augmented reality (AR) gestural interface design for multi-device controls (e.g. smart lights, smart speakers, computer displays, tablets, etc.) This design problem encounters three significant challenges. First, AR gestural interface design is still an emerging technology, with which most users are not familiar. It, therefore, requires the design must communicate intuitively even to novice users. Second, people have various mental models of interacting with different devices, and the design needs to keep...

Affordances for Multi-device Gestural Interactions in Augmented Reality

Shengzhi Wu
This thesis research explores augmented reality (AR) gestural interface design for multi-device controls (e.g. smart lights, smart speakers, computer displays, tablets, etc.) This design problem encounters three significant challenges. First, AR gestural interface design is still an emerging technology, with which most users are not familiar. It, therefore, requires the design must communicate intuitively even to novice users. Second, people have various mental models of interacting with different devices, and the design needs to keep...

Kinda Human: Enhancing Expression and Understanding in an Intimate Relationship Through Artificial Agents

Scott Dombkowski
Today, many designers concern themselves with efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity when considering relationships between humans and artificial agents. While these three dimensions are essential to consider, they fail to embrace our humanity (i.e., our ability for self-expression and for understanding others) and present an opportunity for designers to consider dimensions present in our relationships that make us human. This thesis project explores two of those dimensions—expression and understanding—in the context of intimate relationships.
In this thesis,...

Kinda Human: Enhancing Expression and Understanding in an Intimate Relationship Through Artificial Agents

Scott Dombkowski
Today, many designers concern themselves with efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity when considering relationships between humans and artificial agents. While these three dimensions are essential to consider, they fail to embrace our humanity (i.e., our ability for self-expression and for understanding others) and present an opportunity for designers to consider dimensions present in our relationships that make us human. This thesis project explores two of those dimensions—expression and understanding—in the context of intimate relationships.
In this thesis,...

ASEE 2019 ELD Presentation Understanding the research practices of CEE researchers

Xiaoju (Julie) Chen, Matthew Marsteller, Jessica Benner & Sarah Young
This work was presented on American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) 2019 annual conference. Work in this presentation was a collaborative research between CMU and Ithaka S+R. The research used a qualitative method and aimed to understand the research practices and services need for Civil and Environmental Engineering Researchers.

ASEE 2019 ELD Presentation Understanding the research practices of CEE researchers

Xiaoju (Julie) Chen, Matthew Marsteller, Jessica Benner & Sarah Young
This work was presented on American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) 2019 annual conference. Work in this presentation was a collaborative research between CMU and Ithaka S+R. The research used a qualitative method and aimed to understand the research practices and services need for Civil and Environmental Engineering Researchers.

Making Mistakes: Error as Emergent Property in Craft Practice

Mary Tsai
This thesis reframes error as a collaborator to develop form in analog and digital craft practices. When evaluating David Pye’s Maker Theory regarding the Workmanship of Risk and Certainty, makers and designers can have a very specific perspective of the role of digital technology in craft. With the use of Computer Numerically Controlled machining becoming more prevalent in today’s creative fields, it is important to understand the relationship that designers have with the tools they...

Making Mistakes: Error as Emergent Property in Craft Practice

Mary Tsai
This thesis reframes error as a collaborator to develop form in analog and digital craft practices. When evaluating David Pye’s Maker Theory regarding the Workmanship of Risk and Certainty, makers and designers can have a very specific perspective of the role of digital technology in craft. With the use of Computer Numerically Controlled machining becoming more prevalent in today’s creative fields, it is important to understand the relationship that designers have with the tools they...

Harbingers: Leveraging Feedforward to Support Ecological Consciousness

Katherine Herzog
Given the dire nature of recent climate projections, fundamental shifts in our patterns of thought and habitation are not only desirable, but necessary for our long-term sustainment on Earth. To this end, a multitude of approaches to “eco-feedback” have emerged in recent years, with interventions ranging from in-home energy meters to urban-scale art installations. However, most of these approaches aim only to expose existing patterns of behavior, failing to address the lack of ecological consciousness...

Harbingers: Leveraging Feedforward to Support Ecological Consciousness

Katherine Herzog
Given the dire nature of recent climate projections, fundamental shifts in our patterns of thought and habitation are not only desirable, but necessary for our long-term sustainment on Earth. To this end, a multitude of approaches to “eco-feedback” have emerged in recent years, with interventions ranging from in-home energy meters to urban-scale art installations. However, most of these approaches aim only to expose existing patterns of behavior, failing to address the lack of ecological consciousness...

Risk Assessment Reform is for Real

Lester B. Lave
Dr. Gori seems opposed to anything he cannot observe and count. His notions about scientific theories are hard to understand in a trained scientist. He states “Predictive knowledge-not guesses-is what sends men to the moon, builds skyscrapers, flies airliners, runs computers, provides effective medicines and all technological improvements that enrich our lives.”

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