Labs & Centers

Laboratory for Playful Computation

Lego and other electronics constructions on tableThe Laboratory for Playful Computation, directed by Ben Shapiro, designs new playful and programmable technologies for learning. By combining research on how people learn and play with cutting-edge advances in programmable digital media, the lab explores new possibilities for joyful, creative, and expressive learning. More>>



Interactive Robotics and Novel Technologies (IRON) Lab

nao3The Interactive Robotics and Novel Technologies (IRON) lab, directed by  Dan Szafir, explores human-centered principles for developing novel sensing, interactive, and robotic technologies. Blending methods and techniques from computer science, design, engineering, and the social sciences, the lab creates technologies that enable new forms of human assistance in applications including collaborative work, education, and space exploration. More>>


Unstable Design Lab

The Unstable Design Lab, directed by Laura Devendorf, explores how embracing the messiness and unpredictability of the world in the design of technology can foster new relationships between people, technology, culture and the environment. More>>



Blow Things Up (BTU) Lab

BTU Lab icon The ATLAS BTU Lab is a hackerspace, directed by Alicia Gibb, located in the Roser ATLAS Center room 113. The lab operates within the ATLAS program; application for lab membership is open to individuals from all fields of study.  The lab is also home to several graduate students and functions part-time as a classroom. The BTU Lab has tools to share and plenty of workspace, but to use them you must be a lab member. More>>

Center for Media, Arts and Performance

light show performance in black box experimental studioThe ATLAS Center for Media, Arts and Performance, directed by Michael Theodore , includes a two-story, 2,700-square-foot Black Box Experimental Studio (BBX), located in the basement level 2 of the ATLAS Roser building. It provides digital technology for interdisciplinary performances that combine musicians, dancers, visual artists and technology, visiting artists, webcasts, interactive audio and visual performances, student and faculty video production, and creative digital cinema. CMAP enables students, faculty and visiting artists to seamlessly merge creative endeavors with digital technology. The center also houses a television production studio, located adjacent to the Black Box. More>>

National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT)

NCWIT wordmark/iconNCWIT works to correct the imbalance of gender diversity in technology and computing because gender diversity positively correlates with a larger workforce, better innovation and increased business performance. Increasing the number of women in technology and computing also has the potential to improve the design of products and services to better serve a more diverse population, and increase economic and social well-being by providing more women with stable and lucrative careers.
NCWIT, housed in the Roser ATLAS Center and the Engineering Center, was co-founded by the first director of ATLAS Bobby Schnabel, Telle Whitney, and Lucy Sanders, who has worked in R&D and executive positions at AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Bell Labs and Avaya Labs. More>>