The Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence and Equity Research (LAIER)

The LAIER strives to contribute to authorship attribution, human-computer interaction, privacy, security and social computing.


Welcome to LAIER

In the LAIER, we design, build and evaluate technology related to machine learning, human-computer interaction and diversity and inclusion.

About Us

The Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence and Equity Research (LAIER, pronounced "lair") will encompass work on a diverse set of topics within artificial intelligence related to the following:

  • Machine learning 
  • Human-computer interaction 
  • Diversity and inclusion

The interdisciplinary research approach of LAIER provides a rich and diverse learning experience to graduate researchers.

Creating Tomorrow's Media Leaders: North Carolina Central Communications Leadership in Rapidly Digitizing World

Information is currency, and its protection and management are gold. North Carolina Central University students and faculty unlock major discoveries that address critical challenges in our society with leadership, creativity and the technical skills of information science, library science and computing.

Interested in Joining?

Established in 2020, the LAIER is developing a community of researchers who are here to assist and encourage you. Our team is composed of enthusiastic contributors who are highly motivated to work with new ideas.

One of our core purposes is to find ways in which technology can be available to people from all walks of life. To do this, we explore innovative design methodologies and the development of user interactions with technology. For this purpose to have support, we engage in collaborative analysis, journal publications, audience participation and workshops.


Ghost cars driving.

Real-time Fault Diagnosis for Self-Driving Vehicles

The proposed work will provide real-time diagnosis of transient, intermittent and permanent faults that occur in a self-driving car. This analysis will substantially improve the performance and accuracy of fault classification/identification in complex systems. Multi-perspective error detection techniques, including discrete-event system analysis, data-driven analysis, and chip-level analysis, will be combined to diagnose faults in automotive systems.

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STEM It Yourself Tree

Cultivating and Developing Your STEM Identity through a Hybrid Model of Engagement to Adolescent Girls

The STEM workforce has a disparity in gender and of historically disenfranchised groups. In partnership with the Pitt County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (PCACDST), we hope to serve as change agents for their Delta Academy program (PCACDST) by investigating the perceptions, attitudes and behaviors of adolescent girls and by instilling confidence for the curation and developed on a STEM identity (i.e., STEM-It-Yourself [SIY]).

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Group of women having a discussion.

Virtual Support for Black Women Living Positively

Research has consistently shown that medication adherence is influenced by the presence and management of stress. The relationship between high levels of stress and health is particularly problematic for racial minorities and persons who live with a chronic condition. Black African-American women living with HIV are especially vulnerable. This vulnerability has likely increased during the COVID-19 pandemic and concurrent racial traumas. 

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Red Digital Molecules

Broadening Participation in Computing/STEM/D&I

Coming soon.

Red Digital Molecules

Authorship Attribution Using Machine Learning

Coming soon.


Amanda Desimone-Shabrack

Amanda Desimone-Shabrack

LDL and Ed.D. Student

Natalie Tucker

Natalie Tucker

Information Science MIS Student

Francisca A. Opoku-Boateng

Francisca A. Opoku-Boateng

Ph.D. Cyber Defense Candidate


Dr. Siobahn Day Grady
October 26, 2021

To lead by example, the IF/THEN Ambassadors Program showcases 125 women from various STEM fields and life experiences. Among them is Siobahn Day Grady, the first woman to graduate with a Ph.D. in computer science from North Carolina A&T State University.

Dr. Siobahn Day Grady
September 29, 2021

We’re shining a spotlight on women in a variety of fields who are making the world a better (and cooler) place to be. They build robots, find new sources of energy, study animals, help your favorite teams win games, play with slime, and design apps, showing girls all the different career pathways they can pursue and how STEM impacts their lives every day. These are your new Role Models.

If/Then Initiative Group
July 13, 2021

As a partner on the If/Then Initiative, the Museum is showcasing videos of some ambassadors with local connections in a new installation in the Social Gallery, next to Aerospace and Play to Learn. Next time you visit, you can learn the stories of computer scientist Dr. Siobahn Day Grady….

Grace Dossou

Congratulations to LAIER Researcher Grace Dossou

May 5, 2021

LAIER researcher Grace Dossou will be continuing her education at Yale University!

Latasha Reid-Daniels

Congratulations to LAIER Researcher Latasha Reid-Daniels

April 25, 2021

Congratulations to LAIER researcher Latasha Reid-Daniels for receiving the BlackcomputeHER Fellowship.

Latasha Reid-Daniels

Congratulations to LAIER Researcher Latasha Reid-Daniels

February 12, 2021

LAIER researcher Latasha Reid-Daniels will be continuing her education at North Carolina State as a Ph.D. candidate in their Psychology Education program!

December/January Cover
December 3, 2020

My friends and I have a secret Santa tradition that we’ve kept up since college. A group of nine of us draw names and then send along a present in the mail. It’s been a good way to stay in touch around the holidays and something I look forward to every year.

Siobahn Day Grady
November 03, 2020

North Carolina Central University Assistant Professor Siobahn Day Grady, Ph.D., is serving as a leading light for girls and women in STEM through a program that encourages diversity in fields historically….

Former Students

Latasha Reid-Daniels

Latasha Reid-Daniels

Tyler Wade

Tyler Wade