The IDEA Hub @ WPI conducts premiere cooperative research on inclusive design and accessibility. Through dedicated faculty mentors and high quality student projects, we apply both theory and practice to make a positive difference in the world.

Proud to be a member of the United Nations International Labour Organization’s Global Business and Disability Network.

Looking forward to engaging in projects with you.

Dr. Eleanor Loiacono


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. We invite you to contact us to see how we can collaborate.


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.

If interested in a cooperative research collaboration, please contact us


3D Imaging for People with Disabilities

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

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).

Online Music Store Accessibility

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

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.

​Technology and Attention Disorders

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

Web Development for United States District Court of Rhode Island

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

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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