data, devices and interaction


NIU’s Data, Devices, and Interaction Laboratory (ddiLab) supports a range of computer science research projects, with an emphasis on visualization and data analysis coupled to high-performance computing in the support of science. 

ddiLab co-directors Joseph Insley (School of Art and Design) and Michael Papka (Department of Computer Science) are leading several collaborative research projects focused on the interaction between user and tools; specifically, how computers support and enhance knowledge and discovery. The ddiLab provides opportunities for NIU students to assist with research related to these and future projects.

Current research interests include:

  • The life cycles of sensor and computer-generated data
  • The use of high-resolution and interactive displays to analyze sensor and computer-generated data
  • The application of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to scientific problems

Recent Publications:

  • B. Kale, H. V. Siravuri, H. Alhoori, and M. E. Papka. Predicting research that will be cited in policy documents. In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM on Web Science Conference (WebSci ’17), pages 389–390, New York, NY, USA, 2017. ACM.