Research Labs & Learning Facilities

Research conducted at the iSchool is highly interdisciplinary and investigates a diverse range of topics at the intersection of people, information, and technology.

There are a wide variety of research equipment and lab spaces available at the iSchool. Some labs are open regular hours and others require a reservation, but all are available for student use.

Labs & Facilities

Dean Eric Meyer experiments with a graduate student's virtual reality capstone project

Virtual Reality Lab

The Virtual Reality Lab, under the direction of Dr. Jakki Bailey, is a space where researchers study people’s psychological and social experiences of technology and media. In particular, they specialize in looking at virtual reality and immersive experiences with special emphasis on how they relate to questions of child and human development.

Professor Matt Lease with students of the Information Retrieval Lab making the hookem horns hand sign

Information Retrieval Lab

The Information Retrieval and Crowdsourcing Lab was established to advance the state-of-the-art methodologies for search and human computation/crowdsourcing. The aim is to integrate crowdsourcing with automatic algorithms to improve search engine experiences, capabilities, and evaluation.

A researcher observing a research subject in the iSchool's Information eXperience Lab

IX Lab

The Information eXperience Lab (IX Lab) is a research facility to advance the state-of-the-art in human-computer interaction (HCI), human-information processing, user experience (UX), usability, accessibility, and the interactions between humans and information sources. The lab is dedicated to the science of information studies, the empirically-based design of human-information interaction, and the education of students in the process of both.

Two researchers exchange a floppy disk at the iSchool's Digital Archaeology Lab

Digital Archeology Lab

The Digital Archaeology Lab is a significant part of the School of Information’s research and education in digital archiving. The facility provides multiple computer platforms, including a complete forensic workstation, a variety of media drives, and current and legacy software for the purpose of recovering digital objects from noncurrent environments for transfer into a preservation environment. Students and faculty carry out research to develop extraction protocols and to test efficient and safe means of treating legacy media and formats.

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Conservation Lab

The Conservation Lab contains a large variety of tools and equipment for examination, analysis, photo documentation, and conservation treatment of books and paper. A thorough sample collection, including more than 10,000 photographs and many other materials, is available for student use.

Smiling graduate students working at a long table of desktop computers

IT Lab

The IT Lab offers desktop computers (Windows & Mac), a wide variety of software utilized in iSchool and UT courses, printing services, computer and a/v equipment borrowing, and a variety of IT teaching resources. IT Lab attendants assist students, faculty, and staff.

Dr. Dana Gurari, Assistant Professor

Image and Video Computing (IVC) Group

The Image and Video Computing (IVC) Group's aim is to create computing systems that enable and accelerate the analysis of visual information, as a critical precursor to discoveries and innovations that can benefit society at large. Lead by Dr. Danna Gurari, their research involves computer vision, machine learning, crowdsourcing, human computation, human-computer interaction, accessibility, and (bio)medical image analysis.

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Computer Lab

The School of Information Computer Classroom is located within the IT Lab area in room 1.210A. The classroom offers Windows and OS X computing environments and digitization equipment as well as our general classroom presentation capabilities.

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Sound Rooms

There are two sound rooms located in the IT Lab. The sound rooms are small individual rooms with higher-end equipment where people can record and edit audio, edit movies, create tutorials, or even experiment with the latest voice recognition software.

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Digitization Suite

The Digitization Suite in UTA 1.210B is used in digitization coursework. It can also serve as a small classroom for specialized course sessions, and provides a cross section of current and legacy digitization equipment for text, slides, audio, and video.