Research Labs & Centers

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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 theASL project website or write   

Center for Web Intelligence

The Center for Web Intelligence, directed by Professor Bamshad Mobasher, is a research group that focuses on the development of intelligent techniques and applications for the World Wide Web, including automatic Web personalization, recommender systems, e-business intelligence, Web usage and content mining, and intelligent Web agents for information filtering. The Center conducts and promotes research in these areas, as well as providing a central resource and repository for researchers and practitioners. The Center also aims to generate interaction with industry and peer groups through workshops, joint projects, and technology transfer.   

Computational Biology and Applied Bioinformatics Lab

The Computational Biology and Applied Bioinformatics (CoBaAB) laboratory’s main research interest is in developing computational processes for analyzing large scale omics data that are of importance to medicine, agriculture, and the environment. Currently, the team is working with sequence (Nucleic & Amino acid) and image data. Some of the ongoing research projects include phylogenomics, pangenomics, biofilm data analysis, and machine & deep learning approaches towards functional annotation of sequence data. This lab is directed by Drs. Thiru Ramaraj & John Rogers. Motivated, hardworking undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in joining the team and researching the field of Computer Science and Biology can email Thiru Ramaraj ( and include a brief description on how their interests align with CoBaAB’s research work.   


DePaul’s CyberCenter, founded in June 2003, is chartered to advance the science, teaching, and practice of computer security, information assurance, network security, and related disciplines. Through affiliated labs, including the Secure Design Lab, Adversarial Cybersecurity Automation Lab (ACAL), Network and Security Lab, and more, the Center aims to increase the awareness of security and produce program graduates who are better able to meet the increasing needs of the nation in the area of information assurance. The Center also works in cooperation with Chicagoland area corporations to assist them in applying information assurance practices into their businesses operations and coordinates with community service organizations to help increase their awareness and implementation of information assurance. 

Data, Infrastructure, Computation, and Environments (DICE) Lab

The Data, Infrastructure, Computation, and Environments (DICE) Lab aims to expand the understanding of issues relating to data, infrastructure, computational problems, and environments. The current focus is on provenance data, systems and infrastructure for computational reproducibility, optimization and decision problems arising within this data and systems, and exploration of a variety of virtual environments that are relevant for establishing computational reproducibility. The lab is managed by Dr. Tanu Malik.   

Data Systems and Optimization Laboratory

The Data Systems and Optimization Laboratory at the School of Computing at DePaul University aims to enable the users with insights, analysis and interactive operations by embracing new frontiers at the interface of data management, information science, forensics, and computer engineering. It provides tools and systems capable of providing insights into complex problems with the efficient use and collection of data and computing resources. DSL Lab co-directors Alexander Rasin and Tanu Malik are always looking for students to join the lab. Email them or visit the DSL site for more information.   

DeMobile: 5G Cellular Network Lab

The DeMobile: 5G Cellular Network Lab supports research and experimental learning in the field of cellular networks. Two fully functional LTE/LTE-Advanced networks with additional SDR testbeds for 5G experimentation allow faculty and Ph.D students to explore various types of cellular network attacks, develop cellular network forensics tools, experiment with new radio access types for cellular Internet-of-Things, and create solutions for use of cellular networks for disaster management (e.g. flying cell-on-wheel, cell-on-light-vehicles). The lab is established and directed by Filipo Sharevski, Ph.D   

DePaul Center for Data Science (CDS)

The DePaul Center for Data Science (CDS) 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.   

Design Research and Games (DRAG) Lab

DRAG, directed by Michael DeAnda, focuses on designing and studying games through human centered design approaches and histories. Current projects include archival research on LGBTQ histories and epidemiologies in board games. 

Divergent Design Lab

The Divergent Design Lab is a research and design lab that focuses on emerging technology, user experience, and contemporary social landscapes. Current research involves cybersecurity, vulnerability, malware, and social cognition. Divergent Design Lab has been awarded funding from the NSA. Email lab co-directors Jessica Westbrook, MFA, Paige Treebridge, MFA, or Filipo Sharevski, PhD for more information.   

The iD-Lab

The iD-Lab (Innovation and Development) exists to provide students the opportunity to deliver innovative software while gaining practical development experience. We practice the Agile Methodology, to prepare our students for working on real world software development projects. The focal point of our research are the methodologies that foster innovation. The iD-Lab partners with a diverse range of firms such as Allstate and CareerBuilder. The foundation of this partnership is our ability in turning their innovative ideas into functional prototypes. Please visit our website 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 Jarvis 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:  

Jarvis Student Center for Innovation and Collaboration

The Jarvis Student Center for Innovation and Collaboration is an 8,000 square-foot open space where students and faculty come together to ideate and innovate. The Center focuses on multidisciplinary professional learning and industry partnerships fueled by emerging technologies and projects dedicated to societal needs and innovation. Located on the concourse level of the DePaul Center, the Jarvis Center currently houses DePaul Originals Game Studio and the interdisciplinary design PUSH Studio. 

Laboratory for Interactive Human-Computer Analytics (LIHCA)

Laboratory for Interactive Human-Computer Analytics (LIHCA) The Laboratory for Interactive Human-Computer Analytics (LIHCA) studies principally Human-in-the-Loop analytics (sometimes called Interactive Machine Learning or Human-Centered Machine Learning), a new field in understanding data by leveraging machine learning and interactive visualization simultaneously. We study ways to integrate these two types of tool, studying the types of visualization and interaction that can be fruitful for gathering human insight, the types of machine learning algorithm used to take advantage of them, and the implications of this technology for disparate application domains like bioinformatics, medical informatics, journalism, and urban communities. The lab is directed by Eli Brown.   

Matters at Play (M@P)

Matters at Play, directed by Lien Tran, is a transdisciplinary design lab focused on partnering in the creation of interactive advocacy solutions for positive social transformations - especially regarding social justice, health, and environmental issues. M@P both incubates and launches projects for real-world impact as part of a faculty-student collaborative as well as in the classroom context. Partners include advocacy, government, non-government, and/or academic organizations looking to use interactivity in both digital and analog contexts with the goal of informing and transforming society and its people.   

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 Commerce Lab

The Mobile Commerce Lab provides support for research and development in the areas of Mobile Commerce and Information Systems. Students are encouraged to join a team of faculty members and graduate students to work on such research problems as:   

  • Interface design for systems in the general mobile commerce and e-commerce areas
  • Technology adoption
  • E-commerce payment technologies
  • Gamification
  • Game enjoyment

For more information, email   

Next Generation Networking (NexGeN) Lab

The Next Generation Networking (NexGeN) lab presents a research hub for novel directions in network development. The communications world is rapidly advancing with novel developments in the Internet of Things, Information Centric Networking and the advent of the Tactile Internet. Research activities in the NexGeN will leverage the international collaborations of its director, Dr. Sharief Oteafy, across the IEEE Communications Society and the IEEE Standards Association, to innovate in this fast-paced field.   

PUSH Studio

PUSH Studio is an interdisciplinary design studio led by LeAnne Wagner where DePaul University students and faculty partner with industry professionals and social impact organizations to apply human-centered design methods to emerging technology challenges. The studio defines emerging technologies as technologies that are not fully realized in their current applications, such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, and voice user interfaces. DePaul is uniquely positioned to provide these services because of the variety of relevant academic programs in emerging technology and human centered design, as well as the various focused labs (AR/VR Lab, Technology for Social Good, DePaul Originals Game Studio, Matters at Play).    

Queering Systems Research Studio

Queering Systems Research Studio uses critical analysis, creativity, and meta-design to experience and produce alternative social and technical futures. Queering Systems is co-founded and co-directed by professors Jess Parris Westbrook and Paige Treebridge.   

Robotic Assisted Locomotion (RAL) Lab

The goal of the Robotic Assisted Locomotion (RAL) Lab, directed by Umer Huzaifa, is to develop robot devices to help people with limited mobility regain their freedom in movement. Lab members are currently studying locomotion in natural and artificial systems with legs to better understand the physical phenomenon involved in the coordinated movement of the joints transporting our bodies. The lab consists of a collegial group of students and professionals of different levels helping in embedded systems, mechanical design, and user testing of the robots.   

The Secure Design Lab

Managed by Dr. Filipo Sharevski and developed as part of a grant from the National Security Agency (NSA) for implementation of the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), the Secure Design Lab is equipped with state-of-the-art smart Internet of Things (IoT) home setups with wireless routers, home firewalls and IDSs, voice assistants, smart locks, thermostats, intercoms, CCTV, movement and temperature sensors, smart light bulbs, tablets, and smart phones. The work in the lab focuses on researching user-centered interaction design without compromising cybersecurity of smart devices while preventing the users of these homes to be security fatigued.  

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   

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:   

Virtual and Augmented Design Lab

Located on the concourse level of the DePaul Center, the new Virtual and Augmented Design Lab (VAD) hosts classes and projects to research and develop experimental games on emerging platforms. VAD is equipped with Microsoft HoloLenses, AR headsets/visors, HTC Vives, VR headsets with hand and foot trackers, Oculus Rifts, iPhones for augmented reality development, and Macs and PCs. The lab is directed by Dr. Brian Schrank.