INSTITUTES AND LABORATORIES
McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology
The McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology (formerly the Coach House Institute)
Digital Curation Institute
Identity, Privacy and Security Institute
Knowledge Media Design Institute
Technoscience Research Unit
Critical Making Laboratory
The Critical Making Laboratory is a space for opening up the practice of experimentation with embedded and material digital technology to students and faculty. The lab provides tools, materials, and training for building devices such as wearable computers and other physical computing technologies. The Faculty of Information also offers a course in Critical Making, which makes use of the lab space.
Visit the Critical Making Laboratory website.
Semaphore is a research cluster dedicated to inclusive design in the area of mobile and pervasive computing. At the heart of this research are the complementary goals of providing:
(a) the ability to access mobile and pervasive computing services and information in a variety of settings, activities and environments and
(b) the ability to transform these environments and tools to reduce disability brought on by a mismatch between individuals and their environments.
These two goals entail both theoretical and applied research into three related areas: Participatory Material Culture, Sensory Information Processing and Adaptive Games and Inclusive Play.
Visit the Semaphore website.
Studio307 is a student-run studio workspace within the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. It’s located in Rm 307 of the Claude T. Bissell Building (140 St. George Street) and supported by Semaphore, TechFund, the Inforum and student volunteers and staff.
Semaphore Studio 307 was initially proposed as an extension of the Semaphore Research Cluster in the Faculty of Information and intended to be a more accessible, open, and hands-on version of Semaphore. Given: the number of courses in the Faculty of Information requiring or allowing material deliverables; the emphasis on participatory learning and creation as a crucial part of library programming and important skillset for future librarians; and the research interests of our students and faculty across concentrations, the absence of an accessible creative space was a problem. Semaphore Studio 307 is intended to fill that gap.
- See a list of available equipment
- Find out how to get involved
- Access tip sheets and tutorials
- Learn about the space and its creation
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 416-978-4667.
Visit the Studio307 website for more information.
The ThingTank lab originated in 2009 as the Designing Digital Media for the Internet of Things (DDiMIT). In 2010, the lab was funded and renamed to ThingTank. The lab offers workshops, idea jams and roundtable events aimed at supporting activity in exploration and development of internet enabled “things.” The lab use is not restricted to University of Toronto faculty and students, but open to other universities and those in the public and private sectors.
Visit the ThingTank lab website.