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Space: The Final Frontier

Our labs provide specialized emerging technologies for interdisciplinary teaching, learning, and research.

student and professor working in MMAD lab

The Viz | Lab is an interdisciplinary research lab that focuses on emerging visual technologies and techniques. Equipped with a variety of specialized workstations, high-end cameras and recording devices, the Viz Lab enables researchers to explore the limits of emerging technologies with projects that directly benefit the UMD community.

The Motion and Media Across Disciplines Lab (MMAD Lab), which opened in 2014, is a 3D motion capture and high definition video production studio that offers unique opportunities for interdisciplinary research and creative activity, including animation, video production, and sound engineering. Equipped with a multiple camera shoot studio, green screen cyclorama and backdrops, studio lighting and sound booth, this high definition video production and motion capture studio fosters faculty collaboration and interdisciplinary research projects. The building of the Lab was partially funded as part of the University of Minnesota I-3 Grant, proposed by UMD faculty from the diverse fields of Computer Science, Exercise Science, Digital Art & Photography, Mechanical Engineering, and Theatre.