A picture of a dolphin video game for stroke rehabilitation.

User-Centered Design

Malone researchers apply cutting edge design and evaluation methodologies to create tools that address the needs of end-user while accounting for the unique aspects of the problem space. Research in this thrust focuses on the development of fundamental principles and design guidelines for future end-user technologies, including mobile, web, household, rehabilitation, and robotic technologies.


Omar Ahmad

Director of Innovative Engineering, Department of Neurology

Jeremy D. Brown

John C. Malone Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Ayse P. Gurses

Director, Armstrong Institute Center for Health Care Human Factors

Chien-Ming Huang

John C. Malone Assistant Professor of Computer Science

John Krakauer

John C. Malone Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience, & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Kathryn McDonald

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Systems, Quality, and Safety

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