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Delta Lab is an interdisciplinary research lab and design studio at Northwestern University. Our driving mission is to improve the way we design, work, learn, play, and fundamentally change the way we interact.

Recent Projects


Crowdfunding is fundamentally changing the way innovation happens – especially among novices who lack the necessary networks, equity, and track records to acquire critical resources for developing ideas. This project explores how the crowdfunding community supports novices to build tools to increase participation.

The Digital Loft

The Loft is an online community for social innovation projects. Novice innovators use the Loft to learn design, get feedback on their projects, and work to change communities. The Loft develops new model of learning using crowd-feedback, social media and community engagement.

Cobi: Community-based Scheduling

Cobi is a crowd computing system that engages an entire academic community in planning a large-scale conference. Cobi elicits community members’ preferences and constraints, and provides a scheduling tool empowering organizers to take informed actions toward improving the schedule.

Cognitive Games for Civics

We are creating cognitive games which embed intelligent tutors in game environments for teaching policy argumentation. These games are based on a cognitive framework for policy argumentation and studies on how people learn to reason about policy using causal diagrams.