About the Lab


David Silverman

 David Silverman

Welcome to the Media Lab! We're thrilled to share our Mission, Vision, and Shared Values.  - Director, Prof. Dava Newman


To create transformative technologies, experiences, and systems that enable people to reimagine and redesign their lives.
We engage people everywhere in meaningful, creative experiences integrating art, science, design, and engineering. Experimenting in the spaces where humanity and technology interface, we work with organizations and communities around the world to transform people’s dreams and ideas into reality through excellence in education, research, innovation, and inspiring creativity.


To invent a better and more just future—by, with, and for all.
Our diverse community of students, researchers, faculty, and staff seeks to continually transform ideas into impactful new applications, fields, and movements by exploring imaginatively, experimenting iteratively, collaborating playfully, and analyzing critically. We will create opportunities for others around the world to engage in their creative explorations to envision better lives, communities, and environments.

Shared Values

The beliefs and aspirations we bring to the Media Lab—and expect in our community—every day.

Working with excellence, integrity, and humility
In our work and our interactions with others, we bring:
• Honesty
• Transparency
• Respect
• Self-accountability

Celebrating individuality and community 
We belong to a magical, quirky community, welcoming to and caring for all forms and intersections of diversity, including:
• Cultural backgrounds and personal identifications
• Thought
• Cross-generational experience
• Field of research

Fostering and developing creativity
We imagine, build, and inspire whole new ways to use imagination and original ideas in:
• Our work and research
• The ways we think and act
• The people and communities we impact
• Risk-taking and pushing perceived boundaries in research and innovation

Collaborating openly and actively
We seek to build new research and working relationships with non-traditional collaborators within the Media Lab, across MIT,  and globally from:
• Academia
• Industry
• Governments
• NGOs, foundations, and other non-profit organizations

Our Story

Founded in 1985, the MIT Media Lab is one of the world’s leading research and academic organizations. Unconstrained by traditional disciplines, Media Lab designers, engineers, artists, and scientists strive to create technologies and experiences that enable people to understand and transform their lives, communities, and environments.

The MIT Media Lab promotes an interdisciplinary research culture that brings together diverse areas of interest and inquiry. Unique among other laboratories at MIT, the Media Lab comprises both a broad research agenda and a graduate degree program in Media Arts and Sciences. Faculty, students, and researchers work together on hundreds of projects across disciplines as diverse as social robotics, physical and cognitive prostheses, new models and tools for learning, community bioengineering, and models for sustainable cities. Art, science, design, and technology build and play off one another in an environment designed for collaboration and inspiration.

A group of world-renowned faculty members and senior researchers lead the Lab’s research and academic program, working with graduate students, research staff, visiting scientists, postdoctoral researchers, lecturers, and staff members. In addition, numerous MIT undergraduates engage in research projects at the Lab through MIT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. The Lab and MAS program originated in and report to MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) with which they share an emphasis on design, hands-on learning, collaborative research, and critique and reflection.

Media Lab alumni and researchers go on to careers in research and academia; to become entrepreneurs; to bring their unique skills and insights to industry; or to become independent designers, artists, inventors, and consultants.

Research and projects developed at the Media Lab frequently grow and evolve out of the Lab, too: as spinoff companies, as exhibitions and performances, as tech transfer to member companies, and, perhaps most importantly, as the basis for continued research and exploration for others, both within Lab and all over the world.

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