Charlotte Lee Receives NSF Award for Research on Cyberinfrastructure Systems

Monday, September 24, 2012

Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) Professor Charlotte P. LeeHuman Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) Professor Charlotte P. Lee has received a two-year, $395K award (#1220269) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Cyberinfrastructure for her research, "Stakeholder Participation and the Emergence of Dominant Design in Large-Scale Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Systems."

The award will fund research to examine how cyberinfrastructure systems are designed and developed and will investigate the role that different stakeholders play in the design and development process. Cyberinfrastructure systems are large-scale information systems that are built for the purpose of supporting scientific collaboration within and across disciplines, research fields, and subfields.

This research will investigate the collaboration and social influence practices of scientists, team leaders, experimenters and other stakeholders during the design and development of the Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) project: a virtual laboratory for networking experimentation. By examining the process by which alternative designs are evaluated and the nature of stakeholder participation, this study will contribute practical knowledge about large-scale IT development.

Lee will be conducting this research with E. Ilana Diamant, who will be joining HCDE as a post-doctoral researcher. Diamant recently received her PhD in Information Systems from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.