In STIET we address the extraordinary changes in communications and computing technology, and the uses and requirements people have for these technologies. We design cyberinfrastructure to support safe, meaningful, efficient, equitable, and productive interactions.
Our research focus is on the use of incentive-centered design (ICD) to deliver new and improved systems for human use of the Internet. ICD proceeds from the observation that the performance and quality of Internet systems depends on the ways in which autonomous, self-motivated individuals interact with each other and with the system. System designers cannot program humans like software, but they can provide appropriately designed incentives in an attempt to induce truthfulness, cooperation, volunteerism, high-quality effort or other desirable behaviors.
We seek to have an impact on designs of real systems: our projects typically are inspired by a practical problem, move into the realm of abstract theorizing, and end by influencing the design of fielded systems.
For more information, write to email@example.com. The STIET Program is funded by NSF IGERT grant no. 0114368 and 0654014. The Research Seminar Series is funded by a Rackham Graduate School and the UM Office of the VP for Research.