Immersive Design Research Lab

Coordinator – Assistant Professor Heather Barker

Responding to a need for active design research as a critical component of design practice, we are building
an immersive design research lab in the department of design. The lab is designed to engage in a continuous program of interdisciplinary research: initiating, evaluating and applying behaviors in high- and low tech participatory environments. At the core of the research is the changing human experience and response to technology and space. The immersive design research will provide a collaborative foundation for innovative teaching, interdisciplinary collaboration and community engagement and service.

Immersive Design Research Lab

Made possible by a substantial donation from Nissan Design America.

Special thanks to the Department of Design, Arléna Kauppi, Director of Development, COTA and Cyrus Parker-Jeannette, Dean College of the Arts.

Applied Research, Teaching and Practice

The lab provides an opportunity to create designed environments that simultaneously stimulate and read human behavior. The research allows for a low-expenditure means to study human learning and response within real-world simulations. This work has applications ranging from disaster relief training to strategic merchandising and consumer behavior studies. Interdisciplinary at the core, the research is designed to develop a hybrid material/immaterial context and draws on expert collaborations from engineering, psychology, behavioral science, computer science, sociology, business, film, human factors, geo-spatial expertise and the arts and design.

For additional information and collaboration inquiries contact Heather Barker.