Centers and Joint Programs
Center for Civic Media
Center for Mobile Learning
The Center for Mobile Learning invents and studies new mobile technologies to promote learning anywhere anytime for anyone. The Center focuses on mobile tools that empower learners to think creatively, collaborate broadly, and develop applications that are useful to themselves and others around them. The Center's work covers location-aware learning applications, mobile sensing and data collection, augmented reality gaming, and other educational uses of mobile technologies. The Center’s first major activity will focus on App Inventor, a programming system that makes it easy for learners to create mobile apps by fitting together puzzle piece-shaped “blocks” in a web browser.
The mission of the Media Lab's new Center for Terrestrial Sensing is to explore unconventional ways to sense and visualize inaccessible natural environments–places where it is impossible for humans to go physically, such as underground, undersea oil fields, and the atmosphere. How people connect with, navigate, and interact with large amounts of geoscience information is an area with both world-changing potential and deep challenges. The Center for Terrestrial Sensing aims to connect the People to the Planet.
The Center’s themes will address the fundamental challenges and opportunities presented by global sensing and user interfaces of volumetric data visualization. We will also explore remote collaboration to address connection and interaction challenges among people located at different spaces and times.
We aim to redesign, develop, and build new visualization tools that reveal the unseen and relay information that lies beyond human perception. To this end, the Center explores new ways to create novel 3D user-interface interaction models for instrumented global environments by focusing on three main research pivots: sensing, visualisation, and remote collaboration.
We will tackle these challenges by addressing the following questions:
--How to represent and interact with multi-dimensional (>=3D) information and models?
--How to seamlessly integrate inter-personal and 3D shared workspaces for geographically distributed collaboration?
--How to create efficient novel mobile devices and tools for field access to 3D data and simulations as well as collaboration?