The location of the labs in St. Augustine Hall place it in a centralized location on campus, where our students can access it. Here are the various labs we have:
- Homeland Security Lab
- Cyber Security Lab
- IDEA (Innovation and Design Enhancing the Arts)
- Computer Science Lab
- Innovation Labs
- Communication and Collaboration Commons
We invite you to review our virtual tour above.
Homeland Security Lab
A Homeland Security/Emergency Management Simulation Lab provides a true-to-life virtual reality environment where students supplement theoretical examination with the practical experience, decision-making skills, and confidence critical to the successful resolution of future real-life incidents and emergency management scenarios. The lab can create, simulate, and escalate a variety of large scale incidents, either natural or manmade, including floods, landslides and mudslides, terrorist attacks, structural collapse, WMD and nuclear strikes, wild fires, civil disorder, hazardous material and biological releases and severe weather conditions, such as hurricanes or tornados all in a realistic, physics-based environment. The lab is used as a classroom and research center supporting the Homeland Security Center of Excellence.
The Cyber Security Lab provides students with the opportunity to learn, apply and practice cyber security. Students work with software and employ techniques for intrusion detection, vulnerability mitigation, network perimeter defense, incident response, network forensics investigation and malware analysis. The lab is used for both digital and hands-on forensic analysis and uses 2D and 3D cameras and visualizers to capture the hands-on activities and rebroadcast them “live” across the classroom and online.
IDEA Lab (Innovation and Design Enhancing the Arts) (Advertising Communication and Communication Arts)
The IDEA Lab is a creative space for students in the mass communication program who work closely with the faculty through the student-led advertising club, Category 5. Mentored by faculty, students work in the lab to produce new content (digital and print) and test ideas. Digital screens display their work-products, photos, and social media content offering an informal space for review and critique of the digital and physical (prints / art / posters / photos) artifacts produced.
The computer science lab provides a space for faculty and students to work on research projects, including ongoing grant development; faculty direct supervision and support for students’ class projects and homework; tutoring space; meetings of the computer science society; and special presentations and speaker events for specific groups of students in various computer science programs. Servers in the lab are dedicated to testing applications in data mining, health care informatics, and other special software accessible in the new learning space.
This lab is a hands-on design and test space where students learn how to develop new ideas and products and how to transform them into final “sellable” content/output. While innovation can be of any type and come in many forms, the lab is a hub for high-tech discovery, virtual reality experimentation, 3D printing and mobile application testing. Teams working on lab-to-market projects are invited to use the space to work on their innovations, under the guidance of a faculty or an industry mentor.
This is a flexible space dedicated to faculty and students that enhances interdisciplinary communication and collaboration across majors of study. The dynamic layout allows for swift room redesign depending on the needs of the audience.
The technology embedded in “the commons” enables distributed and online connectivity, videoconferencing, distance and hybrid learning, and more.
Displays are further integrated with the laboratories existing on the same floor (and eventually our Film and TV Studios) to create a common space for distributed work.