The center aims to integrate the fields of design and technology on campus.
The new Center for Media Arts, Data and Design (MADD) opened its doors on February 25. The MADD Center combines five new and existing academic centers to promote resource sharing between different disciplines and expand the technological resources available to students and faculty.
In addition to the laboratories, the center also offers studios and study spaces open to all students and professors.
“The MADD Center is a resource for the entire campus – faculty, students and staff – where users can access a wide range of tools to explore the intersections of art, design, science and technology,” David Wolf, senior director of arts technologies at the Logan Center, told Brown by email.
“Whether one is interested in digital fabrication, game design, software development or data visualization, MADD provides the means to engage in research, scholarship and creative experimentation. “, he added. Wolf was tasked with bringing Logan Center operational models to the space and technology management showcased in the new MADD Center.
The Center itself is the result of an extensive dialogue between faculty and the University administration on the need for integration in the fields of design and technology.
“The group identified a set of resources, labs and facilities that developed in parallel, and felt that by grouping them under the rubric of media and design, their commonalities could be amplified,” Wolf said. .
According to an email statement from the University, the project is a collaboration between the College, the Division of Humanities, the Division of Physical Sciences, UChicago Arts and the University Library.
The MADD Center includes the Computer Science Education Laboratory (CSIL), which provides hardware and software support for computer science education; the Hack Arts Lab, a facility for digital fabrication and prototyping in the arts; the Research Computing Center Visualization Lab (RCC), a new facility for data visualization technology; and the University Library’s new Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center, which provides access to geographic information systems software and is staffed by trained librarians to assist students and faculty with geospatial research projects.
The center will also include the new Weston Game Lab, which offers resources for developing analog, digital, virtual and online games. The lab is established through a donation from Shellwyn Weston and Bradford Weston (JD ’77) to the University.
In addition to housing the labs and study spaces, the MADD Center will also provide media resources, including virtual reality facilities, for the Media Arts and Design minor offered at the College. The studio spaces will be used as classrooms for the Media Aesthetics course beginning in the Spring 2019 term.
The MADD Center will host an open house from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 8 for all interested students, faculty, and community members.