Research Technology and Innovation

Ian Roy seated at a laptop, leading a discussion with staff in the MakerLab

The Research Technology and Innovation department in the Brandeis Library supports innovation and entrepreneurship in a culture of access and inclusion.

We build foundational digital literacy and playfully build mastery, so that our community can have the autonomy to explore and express their inner most curiosity.

Our creative spaces enable students, faculty, staff and alumni to improve the world by creating things with their hands, hearts and minds. By doing this we contribute to the university's mission of excellence in teaching, learning and research.

MakerLab

Unlike other makerspaces, the Brandeis MakerLab is organized around a social justice vision that emphasizes broad access to innovation expertise and technologies as well as the positive impact that innovation can make in the world. The MakerLab enjoys very broad involvement from the Brandeis community, including students, faculty researchers, and staff members. Also particularly notable is the MakerLab's vibrant and effective culture of tinkering and beta-testing that enables rapid and effective innovation. This approach has captured the imagination of a growing cohort of faculty members, who are enhancing their courses by integrating maker elements in consultation with expert Library staff. Every day, members of the expanding Brandeis maker community pursue technology projects that develop new forms of culture and craft in a collaborative setting.

AutomationLab

The AutomationLab is a robotics and embedded systems workspace where faculty, students, staff, researchers and other Brandeis community members can come to rapid-prototype electronic sensor data collection and actuation systems with rentable gear, step-by-step guides, and back-end equipment.

We serve all ability levels—whether you're an electronics guru and want to test out a sensor for your research, or if you have no electronics background and want to start by taking one of our weekly intro to soldering trainings. We have online getting-started guides for each sensor and actuator in our rental catalogue with links to parts and tools used, as well as commented example code.

Digital Scholarship Lab

The Digital Scholarship Lab brings together students and faculty to pursue humanistic research questions through digital tools, methods, and practices. Current endeavors include undergraduate work on the Homer Multitext Project and support for the digitization efforts of the Artifact Research Collection interns. The lab is also home to the Mouliana Project which is seeking to employ the best technological and scientific methods to the practice and teaching of archaeology. Individuals or groups with ideas for projects or that are looking for digital resources are welcome to stop by or email.

This lab is for projects that require more computational work: crunching data sets, rendering complex geometries, creating virtual experiences, or coding that requires larger displays—with tools such as matlab, GIS, 3D scanning and 3D rendering, unity, unreal engine, and other data analysis, coding, or simulation software.