Dr. McCall's research is focused on computer-supported capture, management and use of design rationale and related graphical information. He created the first hypertext system for design rationale and has integrated this functionality with computer-aided design graphics within the framework of net-centric computing. Dr. McCall also works on theories of the nature and structure of design processes. His current work focuses on automated parsing of design discourse and on the role of situated reasoning in promoting creativity in design. He has also done extensive work on the use of computers to support the design of extraterrestrial habitats.
computer-aided design, design rationale, design theory and methodology, hypermedia systems, participatory design, collaborative design, graphic grammars, design computation, computer-aided education, design of extraterrestrial habitats