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The IDEA Hub's mission is to be the premiere cooperative research lab on inclusive design and accessibility. Diverse partnership models leveraging multi-disciplinary student and faculty teams create high impact project solutions as well as insightful research.


Dr. Eleanor Loiacono, IDEA Hub Founder and Director, researches human centered technology, design thinking, inclusion and accessibility. For over 20 years, her work has focused on improving employee, customer, client, and clinical users' experiences with technologies. Multi-disciplinary student and faculty engagements result in impactful project and research outcomes.


  • 3D Imaging for People with Disabilities

    Making accessibility improvements to rich web based media applications are discussed.

  • Online Music Store Accessibility

    Evaluating web accessibility of online music stores for blind and low vision users.

  • Web Development for United States District Court of Rhode Island

    Redesigning the U.S. District Court of Rhode Island's website.

  • Perceptions of Web Accessibility Guidelines by Student Website and App Developers

    The mixed methods research in progress aims to better understand the influence of education and training on the perceptions of Web accessibility guidelines by student website and app developers.

  • Enhancing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Through a Mobile Application

    Designing a mobile application to assist college students with mental health issues in the practice of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

  • Technology and Attention Disorders

    Identifying technologies to support classroom activities for grade school students with attention disorders.

  • Federal Website Accessibility

    Assessing U.S. federal and federally sponsored contractors' websites to determine level of website accessibility.

  • Impact of Network Impairments on Internet-Based Depression Counseling

    Investigating the technical feasibility of deploying a telemental health depression evaluation over the Internet.

  • Advancing in IS Academia: A Qualitative Study

    The research in progress explores the underlying factors that impact Information Systems (IS) faculty members' career advancement.

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