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Tools turn ideas into real change

We get it: To achieve your goals in a tech-focused future, you need the tech.

At the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, we’ve got the gear. You supply the imagination.

Our learning environment provides unprecedented access to emerging technologies and industry-standard equipment and software. Whether you want to design immersive web pages, use data to improve lives, craft custom cars in 3-D, or create multi-media projects using video, audio, virtual reality and more … this is the place you want to be.

As the first school of its kind in the nation and a leader in information and data science, we’re committed to building a smarter, more diverse IT workforce. We offer undergraduate and graduate programs in:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomedical informatics
  • Data science
  • Health informatics
  • Health information management
  • Human computer interaction
  • Library and information science
  • Media arts and science

Where the magic happens

The School of Informatics and Computing is located in the Informatics and Communications Technology Complex on the IUPUI campus, and offers students and faculty the professional-grade resources they need to explore the frontiers of emerging media and technology.

Bring your ideas to life in our specialty, research, and 3-D printing labs, using our computer learning spaces, equipment, and more.

Specialty Labs

  • Motion capture
  • More than 40 interactive pen displays
  • 3-D printing lab
  • In-classroom virtual reality
  • 3-D projection mapping
  • Industry-standard color correction panel
  • Computer animation software

… and that’s just the start.

Our specialty labs provide access to industry-standard technology that can take your projects to the next level. These high-powered resources empower you to learn while doing, under the guidance of faculty who are leading the way in utilizing emerging technology to inform, engage, and innovate.

Check out our specialty labs

3-D Printing

3-D printerFrom prototypes for industry to customized medical prosthetics, 3-D printing is fast becoming the go-to technology. Students at the School of Informatics and Computing are taking 3-D to exciting places and shaking up how we think about manufacturing, art, and visualization.

3-D printing labs

Through the SOIC 3-D printing lab, students have access to Makerbot Replicators and other additive manufacturing technology. With these tools, you can create everything from prototypes and spare parts to space aliens.

Students also can utilize 3-D print services and consulting through University Information Technology Services. In addition to Makerbot printers, UITS offers Ultimaker 2+ and Ultimaker 3 Extended technology, with an option of dual extrusion printing to create water-soluble supports for 3-D objects.

Classroom learning spaces

The School of Informatics and Computing’s classroom lab spaces are unrivaled in the state. You’ll work with the same technology the pros utilize, including Maya computer animation and modeling software and more than 40 Cintiq high-definition creative pen displays for 3-D sculpting and modeling.

SOIC maintains dedicated computer classrooms that support a wide array of software packages for student use, as well as laptop-ready classrooms equipped with hard-wired data jacks and power outlets. Authorized students may access designated spaces after hours to work on class projects.

In addition, a 24-hour Student Technology Center operated by UITS is located on the first floor of the Informatics and Communications Technology Complex.

Virtual reality


It looks like a classroom … but inside, it might be a spaceship, a football field, or an anatomy lab. Just by donning a VR headset and gripping the tracked controllers, students can navigate through historic spaces, geometric shapes, 3-D games, and more.

SOIC has incorporated Oculus Rift and HTC Vive virtual reality technology in classroom spaces. This enables students to become comfortable using the latest platforms, whether they’re specializing in 3-D graphics, data science, video production, or web development, and is part of the Reality Labs initiative by the UITS Advanced Visualization Lab.

Equipment

C. Thomas Lewis and two students filming under an umbrella outdoors

Your creativity may know no limits, but what about your budget?  Students can check out professional-quality gear for use on class projects, such as shooting video footage for a documentary or a live-action short.

Video production students may utilize a range of Blackmagic Design Professional cameras. These include Cinema Camera, URSA Mini and URSA Mini Pro models. The cameras are available in kits that include Rokkinon prime lenses and Sigma Zoom lenses. These kits allow the students to produce content for narrative or documentary film in 4K or HD.

Arri and Lowel light kits and production sound devices from Zoom, Rode, and AKG also are available.

Auditorium

The only space of its kind within Indiana University, the first-floor auditorium in the Informatics and Communications Technology Complex is ideal for larger-scale multi-media presentations. This 200-seat venue features:

  • Stage for performances and lectures
  • Wireless control panel
  • 3-D stereoscopic projection technology
  • Theater-quality 7.1 surround sound
  • Adjustable drapes that modify the room’s acoustics
  • Two screens (including a specialized silver screen for passive 3-D use)
  • Multiple digital projectors