One of the benefits of membership in the CHCI is access to a large and diverse set of facilities, software, and equipment. The Center's philosophy is to maximize the use of such resources by sharing them freely with all Center affiliates. This infrastructure includes both centrally maintained resources and individually owned resources made available by their owners.
The centrally maintained infrastructure includes a large shared laboratory (the "Black Lab" in VT Knowledgeworks II), a Maker Lab, several smaller laboratories or project rooms, and meeting rooms. The centrally maintained equipment inventory includes both large fixed assets, such as the Gigapixel Display and the Optitrack motion capture system, and a wide array of portable items such as tablets, cameras, and eye trackers. The Center gratefully acknowledges the support of the National Science Foundation in acquiring this infrastructure.
Noldus Facereader According to Noldus, "FaceReader is the world's first tool that is capable of automatically analyzing facial expressions, providing users with an objective assessment of a person's emotion." The CHCI has access to a single license of FaceReader, including the Project Analysis Module. For information and access to the software, please contact Steve Sheetz.
Worldviz Vizard Vizard VR Toolkit provides a powerful platform to help you create a new breed of visual simulations. You'll build applications that provide users with the best experiences across virtual reality immersive technologies such as displays and sensors. For information and access to the software, please contact Doug Bowman.
Black Lab The Black Lab is dedicated to experimental research using a variety of VR-equiped spaces, like the stereoscopic VizWalls equiped with an IS-900 tracking system, the VirtuSphere, a tabletop display, and the Gigapixel Display. To see and reserve any of the available spaces, visit the Black Lab website.
McBryde Usability Labs The Department of Computer Science maintains three rooms in McBryde Hall for usability and user experience testing. Users in CS can reserve the rooms online. Others can reserve the rooms by contacting the Director or Associate Director.
DISIS The Digital Interactive Sound & Intermedia Studio is the primary facility of the Creative Technologies in Composition and Multimedia Art Design track, consisting of the main studio, a soundproof recording booth, storage space, and a faculty office. With a revolutionary studio model DISIS offers twelve silent high performance machines, the state-of-art 8.2 Genelec surround system and an Audio Vision HC display. To see more information about the studio, visit the DISIS website. To request a working space for research purposes, please contact Ico Bukvic.
ETUT The Eye-Tracking and Usability Testing lab offers a dedicated space for usability testing using the state-of-the-art SMI RED 250 120Mhz stationary eye-tracking camera system. To request a working space for research purposes, please contact Troy Abel.