Some faculty members, or small groups of faculty members with shared interests, maintain lab web sites that list ongoing projects and student members. These sites are often created in addition to a faculty member’s personal site (found on the faculty directory page).

These faculty and their labs are often part of larger clusters of faculty members, called centers.


Affiliated Faculty: Ellen Do

We are interested in everything about design computing and cognition! From ambient intelligence to physical computing, from sketch understanding to intuitive design tools, from web log analysis to social networking, from patient communication systems to ubiquitous computing, from interactive furniture to architectural robotics, just to name a few.


Affiliated Faculty: Brian Magerko, Mark Riedl

The ADAM Lab explores the intersection of creativity, cognition, and computing. This work leads to studying creativity and human cognition, building artificial intelligence that can creatively collaborate with human users, and the use of human creativity as a gateway to better understanding how to effectively teach computing skills. Much of this work results in cutting edge digital media experiences in digital games, interactive narrative, and educational media.

Augmented Environments Lab

Affiliated Faculty: Blair MacIntyre, Jay Bolter (LMC), Maribeth Gandy (IMTC)

We do research in all aspects of augmented reality, from software architectures and applications, to HCI and computer graphics, through digital media and creative experiences.

Autism Research Group

Affiliated Faculty: Gregory Abowd, Jim Rehg, Thad Starner

Automated capture technologies and access interfaces for exploring therapeutic interventions to assess behavioral and learning improvements in children. Captured data is analyzed over time to track the progress of any intervention.


Affiliated Faculty: Tucker Balch, Frank Dellaert

The BORG Lab focuses on enabling large-scale physical multi-agent systems, (including humans, robots and other automated systems), to collaborate effectively in dynamic, noisy and unknown environments. Our lab is particularly interested in the problems associated with making the most effective use of sensors distributed among collaborating agents.

Brain Lab

Affiliated Faculty: Melody Moore Jackson

The main mission of the BrainLab is to study biometric interfaces for assistive technology, particularly Direct Brain Interfaces, to improve the quality of life for people with severe disabilities.

Cognitive Ergonomics Lab

Affiliated Faculty: Frank Durso

The Cognitive Ergonomics Lab (CEL) investigates the relationship between human operators and the technology they use in dynamic environments like air traffic control, rail operations, healthcare, and driving.

Computational Perception Lab

Affiliated Faculty: Aaron Bobick, Frank Dellaert, Irfan Essa, Jim Rehg

The Computational Perception Laboratory was created to explore and develop the next generation of intelligent machines, interfaces and environments for modeling, perceiving, recognizing and interacting with humans.

Contextualized Support for Learning

Affiliated Faculty: Mark Guzdial

Students are more successful when their learning is embedded in a context that shows relevance and motivates. The CSL Laboratory explores what kinds of contexts are most successful and creates tools to support contextualized learning.

CS Education Research

Affiliated Faculty: Amy Bruckman, Barbara Ericson, Mark Guzdial, Bill Leahy, Mike McCracken, John Stasko, Monica Sweat

This informal research group studies how people come to understand computing, and how we can measure and improve that understanding.

Design & Intelligence Lab

Affiliated Faculty: Ashok Goel, Spencer Rugaber

The Design & Intelligence Laboratory conducts research on computational design and computational creativity at the intersection of AI, cognitive science and human-centered computing.

Digital Video Special Effects

Affiliated Faculty: Frank Dellaert, Irfan Essa

The DVFX Group focuses on exploring the technical aspects of digital video special effects production and computer animation.

Electronic Learning Communities Lab

Affiliated Faculty: Amy Bruckman

In the ELC Lab, we study how people collaborate online. Combining research on social computing and education, we are interested both in how to help users to make great things together, and what they learn in the process.

Experimental Television Lab

Affiliated Faculty: Janet Murray

We explore the future of narrative forms in the digital medium that is emerging as TV converges with computing. We prototype applications on current and hypothetical platforms, using narrative material drawn from actual and planned television shows and by creating narratives specifically for interactivity.

Human Factors and Aging Lab

Affiliated Faculty: Wendy Rogers

Our research focus is on understanding the fundamentals of aging as they relate to interactions with current and emerging technologies. Our goal is to support successful aging and independence.

Information Interfaces Group

Affiliated Faculty: John Stasko

We develop ways to help people explore data via innovative interfaces and applications in the areas of information visualization and visual analytics. The group assists people and organizations solve problems and understand the world better through visualization.


Affiliated Faculty: Keith Edwards

A group of researchers who explore the boundaries between interaction and infrastructure. We take a human-centered approach by understanding the needs and practices of people with empirical methods, designing compelling user experiences that fit that context, then building the software infrastructure necessary to realize that user experience.

Problem Solving and Educational Technology Lab

Affiliated Faculty: Richard Catrambone

The mission of the PSET lab is to improve education through the application of cognitive psychology principles to educational technology and instructional design. Specific research areas include subgoal learning, multimedia interactivity, instructional order, and learner engagement.

Public Design Workshop

Affiliated Faculty: Carl DiSalvo

We investigate existing and possible roles of technology and design in shaping public discourse and action. We use methods such as theory and criticism, ethnography, writing and media, participatory design, workshops and events, program development, critical design projects and technology development.

Sonification Lab

Affiliated Faculty: Bruce Walker

We seek the optimal data-to-sound mappings for use in scientific sonification and investigate whether these optimal mappings vary within and/or across fields of application. Our research projects are collaborative efforts, often including empirical (lab) studies, software and hardware development, field studies, usability investigations, and focus group studies.

Synaesthetic Media Lab

Affiliated Faculty: Alexandra Mazalek

Synlab explores emerging modalities in new media. Our research focuses on tangible interaction and sensing technologies that support creative expression bridging the physical and digital worlds. Applications range across media arts, entertainment, sciences and educational domains.

Ubiquitous Computing Group

Affiliated Faculty: Gregory Abowd

We consider the research issues involved in building and evaluating ubicomp applications and services that impact our lives. Much of our work is situated in settings of everyday activity, such as the classroom, the office and the home.