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The Viz and MMAD Labs serve as a resource for interdisciplinary collaboration, research, and teaching, with 21st century technology and innovative faculty and staff leading the way.
The Viz and MMAD Labs are exciting resources for faculty, graduate, and undergraduate student research, pedagogical development, and creative exploration across the campus of UMD. Currently our labs are hosting multi-disciplinary collaborations among faculty in theatre, digital arts, exercise science, mechanical engineering, and computer science. These are just a few of the diverse fields that take advantage of these unique resources, helping drive the interdisciplinary conversations that reflect the complex world we live and work in. These Labs build on the School of Fine Arts long-standing record of research support for UMD faculty and students, while consistently providing access to new and emerging technologies.
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 ergonomic design, gait analysis, virtual reality,and the latest innovative techniques in 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.
The Viz Lab is an interdisciplinary research lab that focuses on the emerging visual technologies and techniques. The Viz Lab is currently exploring data visualization, 3D printing, new uses for state-of-the-art projection. 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 Viz Lab shares its space with the Art & Design Department's photographic shoot studio. All Art & Design students can use the shoot studio for creating new photographic or video work or for documenting their desings or artwork. For shoot studio access, please contact Art & Design Department, Assistant Prof. Kristen Pless.