Carleton University’s fascinating, thought-provoking, and sometimes quirky laboratories feature anything from a black jack table to a soccer-playing robot. From humanities to engineering, Carleton researchers are using technology, analysis, and old-fashioned legwork to delve into some of the most compelling—and downright odd—facets of life. We push open the door to find out what they’re up to
It’s not enough to invent new technology—it has to be designed with humans in mind. That’s the intent of the HOT (human-oriented technology) lab, where research reflects design principles of “quality, safety, efficiency, and delight.”
Part lab, part gaming den—it has a black jack table, slot machines, and a virtual casino—the Gambling Lab delves into the dark heart of betting and why it’s so addictive.
Hydro Ottawa Laboratory for Smart Grid Technologies
Electricity grid, heal thyself. That’s one energy solution at the lab, which focuses on intelligent, renewable, and self-diagnosing electricity infrastructure.
The chemistry teaching lab is stunning to look at—and functional. The 6,500-square-foot-space allows up to 120 students to work simultaneously, with full workspaces that include storage and access to a fume hood.
How does the brain process language? Researchers are combining advanced technology, brainwaves, and eye movement to unravel the human mind’s unique relationship with words.
Speech Processing Lab
That moment when an infant recognizes a word is one of the threads examined at the lab, which also looks at phonetics, audiometric testing, and how word recognition changes with development.
Hypertext and Hypermedia Lab
RU adctd 2 txt? You’re not alone. Members of the Hyperlab—Carleton’s first digital humanities research centre—examine the role of texting, gaming, digital theatre, and new media cultures.
Healthy Relationships Lab
Bullying is a hot-button topic across Canada and at the lab, where social violence in close youth relationships—as well the behaviour surrounding anger, jealousy, and aggression—are studied.
Children’s Representational Development Lab
A plastic star versus one twinkling in the sky: How children link the representation to the reality is central to research here, which also focuses on developing executive function and numeracy skills.
Network Management And Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Computers that talk to each other and artificial intelligence software that can help robots play soccer are just some of the things investigated by this lab.
Neurocognitive Imaging Lab
Using a 32-electrode system to measure scalp activity and photos of everything from violence to food, researchers are determining how the brain processes stimuli.
“Don’t worry, be happy” sounds easy enough, but the Happy Lab also looks at the complex interaction of personality, well-being, emotion—and even nature—on our mental state.
Geomatics and Landscape Ecology Lab
From bird count populations to amphibian environments, researchers here use geomatics—a term for the mathematical analysis of data—to model and map natural habitats.
Math Cognition Lab
2+2=4. But how do children understand that, and what can they do with it? The lab examines the cognitive process involved in numeracy and mathematical skills.
Artificial intelligence software that visually replicates what you’re thinking—that’s the future at the lab, which uses experimental and computational methods to recreate visual imagination.
Aviation and Cognitive Engineering Lab
What do aging pilots and distracted drivers have in common? The lab looks into both of these scenarios to discover how the design of human-machine-interacting systems, such as heads-up displays, might be influenced by cognition.