Research

Irini Spyridakis


Spring 2019

Building open source software for food recovery: working at the nexus among health, the environment, and resource constrained communities

Note: This DRG is at capacity for Spring 2019

This research groups seeks to (1) reduce food insecurity, (2) increase healthy equity, (3) involve community, (4) raise awareness about food and health inequity in our region, and (5) reduce methane emissions from compost and landfill by redirecting food from campus dining halls to people in need. Students will iterate on and refine the food donation matching software we have been building while working in an interdisciplinary environment with diverse stakeholders. Additionally, students will create a longevity plan for expansion and continuation of the project.

Students interested in joining the DRG should have excellent communication skills, a passion for helping resource constrained communities, and a strong background in CSS, Javascript, React, and Firebase.



Spring 2019

Promoting Sustainability through Persuasive UX in Virtual Reality

Note: This DRG is at capacity for Spring 2019

The majority of the coral in our oceans is dying. Since 2016, half of the coral in the Great Barrier Reef has died. In an environment as unreachable as the bottom of the ocean or as secluded as coastal fishing communities, the entire experience and change in the ocean in two dimensions can be hard to accurately represent. Virtual reality (VR) provides an ideal and immersive environment to design, prototype, and interact with environments such as the ocean and coastal communities without the constraints of the physical world.

The goal of the VR application we will develop in our research group is to investigate how to tell a persuasive, compelling, and empathy inducing story about the changing oceans and how this change affects the lives of animals and humans on Earth, increasing awareness of the alarming effects of climate change.

 


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