A learning and experimentation space, as well as a multimedia archive, the Communications Lab is housed in the Cascina Albertina of the Pollenzo campus, for access by students from the three-year undergraduate and two-year graduate programs.
Twelve interconnected computer workstations, as well as a central workstation and large-screen monitor, comprise the space and offer opportunities for group and individual work.
A video camera may be used to document interactions and/or monitor the lab space from an adjoining observation room.
The Communications Lab offers numerous possibilities:
- a controlled observation locale for monitoring, mapping, archiving, and interpreting communications subjects and phenomena within a variety of research contexts
- an experimental space with full functionality for interaction and certification of participant responses (e.g. focus groups)
- a learning environment for developing practical skills
- an open-ended idea incubator
- a qualitative archive for the research and experiments carried out