The Pacific Information and Communication Technology for Development Collaborative (PICTDC)

The Pacific Information and Communication Technology for Development Collaborative (PICTDC) promotes the study of innovative scholarly and applied research and programs on the social and economic implications of information and communications technology in the Pacific region, emphasizing the potential uses of technology for social good, promotion of digital inclusiveness, sustainably improving the quality of life, and empowering public discourse on good governance.

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Co-director- Dr. Jennifer Sunrise Winter

Social Q&A

The opportunities and dangers of increasing reliance on user-generated and user-vetted information souqarces require concerted study. To that end, Rich Gazan is Co-PI with Chirag Shah of Rutgers University on a 3-year, $491K Institute of Museum and Library Services grant to study online Q&A in STEM education, to develop and field test a Q&A module that will allow STEM learners to assess crowdsourced information alongside more traditionally authoritative sources.

Responsible faculty- Dr. Rich Gazan.

The LINQ Forum

The Librarians’ Inquiry Forum (LINQ) is a practitioner-centric learning model that explores how reflective, critical inquiry implemented over social media positions public librarians as collaborative researchers of the impacts of their own professional practices on patrons, stakeholders, co-workers, themselves, and the community at-large.
linq-logomixed2 LINQ takes into consideration ways in which the interrelationship between technologies and social practices affect forms of knowledge co-construction amongst communities of practice. LINQ librarians “read while they work” as a means of studying the ways in which practice becomes data to be collected, examined, unpacked, and processed for knowledge creation for better best information services and professional leadership. For more information, see:
Principal Investigator- Dr. Vanessa Irvin.

The UniDescription Project

How would you describe an Ansel Adams photograph of a scene within Yellowstone National Park to a person who cannot see, or has low vision, or has difficulty interpreting print materials, or simply prefers information in audible forms? Those varied audiences (including people who are blind, with low-vision, print dyslexic, and audio-oriented) deserve full access to public discourse, and The UniDescription Project has been created to serve them. That effort includes field research at U.S. National Park Service sites around the country as well as the development and application of a webtool, at, and related mobile apps.


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Principal Investigator: Brett Oppegaard 

Research Labs

LAVA-Laboratory for Advanced Visualization and Applications

Advanced Visualization Displays, Big Data Visualization, Virtual Reality, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Human Augmentics.

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Director: Jason Leigh

HINT lab

HINT lab research examines technological use and the positive or negative effects on humans. Research involved in HCI helps to remodel and improve our use in technology in order to improve the use of new technology for our benefit.

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Lab co-directors: Martha Crosby and Randy Minas

CSDL-Collaborative Software Development Lab

Software engineering for renewable energy, software metrics, computer-supported cooperative work.

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Director: Philip Johnson

HICHI- Hawaii Computer-Human Interaction Lab

This is an interdisciplinary team of researchers interested in understanding how people use information systems and dedicated to informing design based on human performance data. Variety of empirical methods is used here, including formal experiments, ethnographic analysis, and participatory design.

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Director: Scott Robertson

ASECOLab- Adaptive Security and ECOnomics Lab

In this lab, it is studied how security is achieved through adaptation, and how fortifications give an illusion of security. This has to do with economics, but also with cryptography.

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Director: Dusko Pavlovic

LILT -Laboratory for Interactive Learning Technologies

This lab is dedicated to research in the areas of cognitive science, human-computer interaction, and social science approaches to technology-supported learning and collaboration.

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Director: Daniel Suthers