Research Labs & Centers

In addition to the many teaching and general purpose labs, CDM is host to a number of specialized labs designated to specific research areas. These labs are equipped with advanced technology, software and experimental tools to support faculty and students in their research endeavors.

American Sign Language (ASL) Research

This lab enables the ASL research team to work toward automatic translation of English into American Sign Language, the language of the Deaf in North America. American Sign Language is not English coded as signs but an entirely different language from English with its own unique structure. Automated English-to-ASL translation will increase Deaf access to the hearing world. Recently, the team used the lab to allow members of the deaf community to test software that demonstrates fingerspelling. For more information visit the project website or write

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research

The AI Research Lab will be home to a number of active research projects, including studies in information retrieval, natural language processing, data mining and intelligent agents. This lab will support faculty members and graduate students and will provide office space for Ph.D. students. For more information, write

Database Optimization and Forensic Analysis Lab

The Database Optimization and Forensic Analysis hosts MS and PhD students who are working on understanding and improving databases both from security and performance perspective. Forensic analysis addresses database storage recovery after a failure or data corruption has occurred. On larger, distributed scale this also leads to researching techniques for discovering incriminating evidence (e.g., financial fraud cases) and proving wrongdoing (e.g., cases of data theft). Performance optimization builds on similar internal analysis to improve the runtime of database queries. For more information, visit the DOFA website:

DePaul Center for Data Mining and Predictive Analytics (DaMPA)

The DePaul Center for Data Mining and Predictive Analytics (DaMPA) is a research, educational, and collaborative center that focuses on the applications of data science. The center is a joint venture incorporating faculty from several colleges and disciplines across DePaul University. The research focus of the Center is the development of innovative tools and methods in data mining, predictive analytics, and machine learning, as well as the application of these techniques in areas such as intelligent Web systems, social computing, business intelligence, healthcare, hospitality, marketing, image analysis, and more. The Center seeks partnerships with industry as well as educational and non-profit organizations to plan and conduct joint analytics projects that provide graduate students with an invaluable opportunity to work on real-world problems and to gain problem-solving experience in data science.

The Digital Youth Network

The Digital Youth Network (DYN) is an organization that uses iterative design and insights from the learning sciences to create integrated spaces, tools, and practices to support urban youth to develop critical, social, and technical skills necessary for participation in the 21st century. DYN has been a leader in the conceptualization and design of ecosystems of opportunities for urban youth that cross the boundaries of the informal and formal environments in which youth spend time. DYN is comprised of collaborative teams of interaction designers, educators, youth, artists, community organizers, computer scientists, and learning scientists. For more information, visit:

Divergent Design Lab

Divergent Design Lab is a research and design lab which focuses on interface, play, collaboration, and distribution. Critical design is used to decode value systems and encode underrepresented ideas. Project involved producing interactive experiences through emerging media practices.

E-Commerce Technology (ECT) & Information Systems (IS)

The ECT and IS Lab is used by the e-commerce research group and the ASL project team. Faculty members with expertise in IS, ECT and HCI will have an opportunity to test commercial software and servers in this laboratory. It contains 17 workstations, UNIX and NT servers, a video camera, a digital camera and a 3-D digitizer. E-mail or for more information.

Intelligent Multimedia Processing (IMP) Lab

The Intelligent Multimedia Processing (IMP) Laboratory hosts the research activities of the Visual Informatics and Data Analytics (VIDA) Group. The mission of the lab is to develop machine learning and computer vision algorithms for intelligent multimedia processing applications. Current projects include the 21st Century Technologies Learning Analytics Project, a collaborative effort with School of Design in the College of Computing and Digital Media, and Identifying Gene Functions using Image Analytics, a collaborative project with Rosalind Franklin University. For more information, please visit the VIDA group at:

Medical Informatics (MedIX) Lab

The Medical Informatics (MedIX) Laboratory hosts the research activities of the Visual Informatics and Data Analytics (VIDA) Group. The lab's research is focused on medical imaging, image processing, computer vision, machine learning, data mining and knowledge discovery for healthcare, medicine, and biology related applications. Current projects include Smart Computer-Aided Diagnosis (SmartCAD) for lung cancer, a collaborative project with University of Chicago, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Data-driven Definition, a collaborative project with DePaul College of Science and Health.

Mobile E-Commerce Lab

The Mobile E-commerce Lab provides support for research and development in the area of Mobile E-commerce. Students are encouraged to join a team of faculty members and graduate students to work on such research problems as:

  • Design and development of systems that communicate with wireless web-enabled devices
  • Interface design for hand-held computers and web phones
  • E-commerce applications for mobile devices.

For more information, e-mail

Multimedia Networking

The mission of the Multimedia Networking Research Laboratory (MNLAB) is providing high-quality research and development contributions to the area of multimedia networking. The MNLAB provides hands-on experience for CDM students in the advanced networking courses. Assistant Professor Ehab Al-Shaer is the director of the lab. The multimedia lab houses 20 Multimedia Workstations, which contain 14 Sun Ultra 10 workstations running Solaris 7 and four PC Window NT platform machines. The MNLAB workstations are connected with 100 Mbps switch which connects to the MBONE. The lab is supported in part by CDM, Sun Micro Systems and IONA Technologies. For more information, write to

Play for Change

Play for Change is a cross-disciplinary design, research, development and assessment game lab. Faculty, students, and industry collaborators make and evaluate games, interactive documentaries and transmedia projects that aim to promote personal and social change. This work builds bridges between students and faculty, academia and industry, producers and users, and different departments within DePaul. For more information, visit:

Requirements Engineering Lab

Requirements Engineering (RE) lies at the heart of software development, and is concerned with the specification of real-world goals, functions, and constraints on software-intensive systems. The RE Lab focuses its attention on solving RE related problems through the application of a wide variety of techniques including Artificial Intelligence, Information Retrieval, and general Software Engineering principles. Current projects include SABRE (Software Architecture Based Requirements Engineering) in collaboration with Iowa State University, IDLG (Integrated Dynamic Link Generation), and SunTone FM (in conjunction with Sun Microsystems). For further information e-mail

Software Engineering Research Lab

The Software Engineering Research Lab supports M.S. and Ph.D. students to develop and test experimental large-scale software systems. Under the direction of Professor Xiaoping Jia, students are working on a number of software engineering research projects, including:

  • Tools for model-driven engineering (MDE)
  • Security, reliability, and usability of electronic voting systems
  • Tools for distributed collaboration and collaborative software development
  • User interface development and usability engineering.

For more information, e-mail

Solid Objects Lab

The Solid Objects Lab specializes in the modeling and manufacture of real objects using CNC (computer numerical control) technology and systems for digitizing 3D objects into modeled spaces. The CNC facilities include a three-dimensional router for cutting plastics, wax and wood as well as a flatbed cutter for pattern cutting. Digitzing facilities feature MicroScribe, an industry standard digitizing arm, a piezo scanner and photogrammetric modeling.

Studio Chi

Studio χ, a Center for faculty development, fosters and supports research at the interface between humanities and computing. Technologies such as digital mapping, text and data mining, 3-D modelling, and data visualization provide focus for faculty with common interests to work together to further research initiatives and new pedagogies

Technology for Social Good Research and Design Lab

The Technology for Social Good Research and Design Lab brings together faculty, students, and other collaborators to design, build, and study tools with the goal of fostering equitable education and empowerment in urban communities. Taking a human-centered approach, research projects draw from fields such as learning sciences, computer science, human-computer interaction, experience design, data science, and psychology to address social issues, particularly in the areas of empowerment, learning, and human development. For more information, visit:

Wellness and Health Enhancement Engineering Laboratory (WHEEL)

The Wellness and Health Enhancement Engineering Lab (WHEEL), focuses on improving health and wellness systems, and technologies using user-centered design and usability engineering approaches. The lab's mission is to conduct exploratory, experimental and field research involving human interaction with computers, technologies and systems. The majority of our projects involve understanding persuasion, emotion, and trust in health information technologies (HIT), consumer health information technologies and technology mediated collaboration in health (patient to patient, patient to provider and provider to provider). The lab is directed by Enid Montague, Ph.D.