Idea Lab

CCPS Centers and Laboratories


Innovative Workspaces

The Collins College of Professional Studies centers and laboratories are a series of innovative workspaces that support the academic and experiential learning of all students.


The location of our labs in St. Augustine Hall place these facilities in a centralized location on campus that is easily accessible by our students.

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.

The Computer Science Lab provides a space for faculty and students to work on research projects, including ongoing grant development, and faculty can offer direct supervision and support for students’ class projects and homework. It also serves as an ideal place for tutoring, 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.

The Cyber Security Lab provides students with the opportunity to learn, apply, and practice cybersecurity. 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.

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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, wildfires, 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 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.

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 lab is a state-of-the-art collaborative space where students focus on all forms of the digital design and commercial arts. The students who use this lab from CCPS and St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences study Animation, Illustration, Graphic Design, Advertising, Public Relations, Photography, Television and Film, and Mass Communications. In this lab, it is the belief that a design-centric approach is one of the most effective ways to learn. We have professional-level Mac Pro workstations equipped with 4K Wacom Cintiq Pros, writable walls, a large table, and a museum-quality, large format printer for designed pieces.

The exterior of the lab serves as a marketing showcase for displaying course-related creative content that was produced by our talented students in the class.

The “MAD” lab also shares resources with Information Technology, for example, students can also study 3D modeling and additive manufacturing here and have their design prototypes 3D-printed in the next room at the university Makerbot Innovation Center.

Centers and Institutes

Our centers/institutes are located throughout the University to align and support students' educational goals. 

The mission of the institute is defined by St. John’s University’s Global, Catholic, and Vincentian foundations. The institute examines the role of fashion in peoples’ lives throughout the world, and it supports the study and research aimed at making the fashion industry more responsible to consumers, employees, and the global environment.  The goals of the institute are to provide ethical oversight, scholarly study, and supportive involvement for both the internal and external environments of the industry as a whole.

There is a need to review and assess the state of the industry from the perspective of social justice. Subjects such as fair trade, labor trafficking, sweatshops, and fair labor practices, are part of the focus of the institute. Design and brand ownership, brand hijacking, and global difference in regulations of the fashion industry across its value chain will be explored.

St. John’s University and the Collins College of Professional Studies are in a prime position to review the subject of fashion through the lens of global communication and media, sports, social justice, crime, and economics. The institute exists to support students throughout the University who are interested in research and education in preparation for fashion careers.

Data science is an inherently interdisciplinary field, bringing together statistics and computer science to analyze data from disparate domain areas. The Institute for Data Science serves as a hub for research activities, with an emphasis on data mining and analytics. We explore opportunities for data science initiatives among disciplines within the Collins College of Professional Studies and across the University.

The Institute for International Communication serves as a focal point to transdisciplinary approaches to communication research and supports various scholarly activities.

The Institute of  Interdisciplinary Sport Research (IISR) is purposed to provide a collaborative learning space for students, faculty, and industry professionals to work together on innovative projects. We cultivate an environment where innovative teaching methods are combined with cutting-edge technology, in the aim to respond to the challenges of the thriving multifaceted industry of sport.

At IISR, we focus on interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving, since real-life problems do not respect our disciplines’ boundaries either. The journey through the process of inquiry and the search for answers is as important as the destination of the solution itself.

The Television, Film, and Radio Center is a broadcast-quality HD production and postproduction facility that can accommodate both in-studio and on-location productions. The TV Studio features three Hitachi Z-HD6000 HDTV cameras with Cartoni pedestals, a JonyJib with a Panasonic 4K Professional Camcorder, a computerized lighting system, a 48-channel Soundcraft Si1 professional audio board with digital effects, a dedicated studio green screen, a ChyronHego MX character generator with animated graphics capability, a Panasonic AV-HS6000 HD video switcher, a CueScript teleprompter, and a professional announcer booth for voice-over recordings. The facility can accommodate the recording of talk shows and interview or instructional programs to digital formats. Dedicated laboratories allow for digital video and audio editing, and computer graphics and animation.