The Usable Software Systems (USS) group is focused on usability aspects of computational and data analysis systems. We are involved in three primary research and development mission areas a) user-centered design processes that work in scientific environments b) usable scientific workflow tools and data abstractions and c) intuitive interfaces to explore, analyze, process data and run computations on HPC and distributed systems.
Overall, our approach is distinguished by a strong focus on usability and user research, early and often in the software design process. We have learned that designing the best systems can only occur when we have the best understanding of the constraints, needs, and culture of the scientists who will use it. The USS group works closely with the Integrated Data Frameworks group on research and development of user-centered solutions.
Group Leader: Shreyas Cholia