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Research Centers


Heinz College has an international reputation for the quality of its research. Our interdisciplinary environment creates exciting opportunities for collaboration and produces a breadth of research work not typically found in schools of our size.

Our faculty and research centers consistently receive funding support from government agencies, foundations and corporate partners, like the National Science Foundation; the Heinz Endowments; the Mellon Foundation; the U.S. Departments of Defense, Commerce, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development; the Sloan Foundation; and the National Institute of Justice.

We host or are closely associated with these CMU research centers:

ARTS MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY (AMTLAB)

A research center of Carnegie Mellon University's Master of Arts Management program, the Arts Management and Technology Laboratory (AMTLab) serves as an exchange, a catalyst for innovative ideas, and a conduit for knowledge circulating at the intersection of arts, management, and technology.

AMTLab provides current and future arts managers, technologists, and researchers with existing best practices and emerging technologies that allow for a direct impact on their work and their organization. Through online and offline engagement, AMTLab is a resource that leads to innovative, effective, and efficient integration of technology in the cultural and creative enterprise space.

Learn more about AMTLab

Center for Behavioral Decision Research (CBDR)

The Center for Behavioral Decision Research (CBDR) supports new and existing research in the Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon. Behavioral decision research builds on the fields of psychology, economics, neuroscience, and public policy to answer applied and theoretical questions of decision-making. These goals are met through the CBDR's seminar series, small grants program, working paper series, and public experiment scheduling site.

Learn more about the CBDR

Center for Economic Development (CED)

For over 22 years, the Center for Economic Development (CED) at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College has conducted applied research to improve the institutions, communities, and economy of the Pittsburgh region. In 2009, its research mission was turned over to the students of Heinz College. Our students now have new and exciting learning opportunities in policy and practice via CED’s ten Executive Fellows, all top leaders from some of the most active and innovative institutions involved in the region's economic, community, and technology development.

Learn more about the CED

Center for the Future of Work (FOW)

The Center for the Future of Work (FOW) at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College is dedicated to exploring the impact of disruptive innovation on all sections of society and to developing policy interventions to ensure that the benefits of these innovations are more widely shared. Through the center, CMU faculty and students will study the interaction between present and emerging technologies to develop intelligent public policy that will define the workplace of the future, and help workers of all skill levels participate more fully in the new opportunities and prosperity that innovation brings.

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CyLab

Advances in computer technology often have the unfortunate consequence of introducing and/or exacerbating security vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities can harm everyone, from the home computer user to small businesses, large corporations or anyone else dependent on the nation's telecommunications and financial systems. To counter that threat, Carnegie Mellon University has launched a security initiative designed to protect all computer users from interference by cyber terrorists and hackers. The interdisciplinary team that makes up CyLab includes more than 50 researchers and 80 students from CMU's College of Engineering, School of Computer Science, and Heinz College, as well as the CERT Coordination Center of the Software Engineering Institute.

Learn more about CyLab

Event and Pattern Detection Lab (EPD Lab)

The Event and Pattern Detection Lab (EPD Lab) conducts research that will advance the state of the art in large-scale pattern detection in multiple ways, including new statistical methods, new algorithms and data structures, and new machine learning methods. EPD Lab also brings applied statistical and computational techniques to solve societal problems. The lab is particularly focused on solving problems that benefit the public good, problems that include public health, patient care, law enforcement, urban analytics, human rights, and conflict.

EPD Lab has detected emerging outbreaks of disease, predicted violent crime hot-spots, and used 3-1-1 call data to predict and prevent rodent infestations in Chicago. To learn more about EPD Lab's ongoing projects, please click here.

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iLab

iLab at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College is an inter-disciplinary research center consisting of faculty and students from Heinz College, the Department of Statistics, the Department of Machine Learning, the School of Computer Science and the Tepper School of Business.

iLab is designed to:

  • Facilitate problem-driven inter-disciplinary research on IT management and policy problems
  • Enable innovative multi-dimensional collaborations between iLab faculty, students, and organizational partners
  • Incubate entrepreneurial culture by encouraging the creation of intellectual property by faculty and students
  • Serve as a channel to create and distribute educational and research products of the school

Learn more about iLab

Initiative for Digital Entertainment Analytics (IDEA)

The Initiative for Digital Entertainment Analytics (IDEA) at Carnegie Mellon University conducts research into timely public policy and managerial questions raised by the emergence of digital distribution channels for entertainment content. Growth of the Internet and mobile devices has created new distribution opportunities in the entertainment industry as companies innovate to meet changes in consumer demand, and has given rise to new business challenges from digital piracy networks, bringing issues of copyright, intellectual property, and counterfeiting to the forefront. IDEA is an interdisciplinary university-wide effort led by acclaimed CMU professors Michael D. Smith and Rahul Telang from the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy.

Learn more about IDEA

Institute for Social Innovation

Established in 2006 and housed at Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) is a multi-disciplinary institute providing CMU students, faculty, and researchers with a variety of applied learning opportunities to design, prototype, and launch financially sustainable ventures, projects, and policy initiatives for social good. In addition, the ISI conducts applied research to generate new insights that advance the field of social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Learn more about the ISI

Living Analytics Research Centre (LARC)

Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College has teamed with the School of Information Systems at Singapore Management University to establish the Living Analytics Research Centre (LARC). LARC develops new approaches to understanding consumer and social behavior that will benefit consumers, producers, and distributors of digital goods and services.

LARC draws on the cross-disciplinary strengths of SMU and CMU faculty and spans the two universities' campuses. It is physically anchored at SMU’s School of Information Systems in Singapore and at Heinz College's iLab in Pittsburgh. 

Learn more about LARC

Metro21

Carnegie Mellon University established Metro21 as a multi-disciplinary research and educational initiative. Its goal is to research, design, develop, deploy, and evaluate solutions to the challenges affecting the economy and quality of life in metro areas. Metro21 will explore deep synergies among sensing, analytics, evaluation methodology, and sustainable design, with an emphasis on deployment. In addition to local partnerships in southwestern Pennsylvania, Metro21 is a founding member of MetroLab Network, a nationwide collaborative for urban innovation which to date includes 41 cities, 4 counties, and 55 universities organized in more than 35 regional city-university partnerships.

Learn more about Metro21

PRIVACY ECONOMICS EXPERIMENTS (PEEX) LAB

The Privacy Economics Experiments (PEEX) Lab is based in Pittsburgh, PA at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College. It was created by leading privacy researcher Professor Alessandro Acquisti, and consists of his graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. The lab’s research focus is on the behavioral and psychological aspects of privacy decision-making, the privacy implications of new technologies, and the legal and economic developments pertaining to privacy and security. With a diverse group of researchers from different fields of study, the lab facilitates new interdisciplinary approaches to privacy.

Learn more about PEEX

Program of Research and Outreach on Gender Equity in Society (PROGRESS)

The Program for Research and Outreach on Gender Equity in Society (PROGRESS) seeks to undertake and disseminate research on issues related to gender equality and to develop partnerships with other organizations to help women gain equity in society. Women often suffer gross economic inequities in society, and PROGRESS strives to address these disparities by teaching young women the importance of negotiation and how to do it effectively. Working with partner organizations that focus on issues facing young women, we hope to overcome socialized behaviors that may hinder the progress of women as they become adults and enter the workforce.

Learn more about PROGRESS

RISK AND REGULATORY SERVICES INNOVATION CENTER

Today’s fast-changing risk and regulatory environment is forcing rapid development of new technologies for monitoring, protection, and compliance. To advance the way organizations such as businesses and governments, as well as other stakeholders use these technologies, Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College has established the Risk and Regulatory Services Innovation Center, sponsored by PwC.

Leveraging CMU’s world-class thought and research leadership with PwC’s strategic client-engagement expertise, current areas of focus include data anlytics, cybersecurity and privacy, and safe cities research. Working closely with PwC resources, CMU faculty, students, and staff research, develop, and test next-generation technology solutions to help regulated industries, non-regulated industries, and the public safety sector solve their biggest challenges.

Learn more about the CMU-PwC Center

Traffic21

Traffic21 is a multi-disciplinary research initiative of Carnegie Mellon University. Its goal is to design, test, deploy, and evaluate information and communications technology-based solutions that address the problems facing the transportation system of the Pittsburgh region. Traffic21 leverages Carnegie Mellon University’s leadership in relevant areas such as critical infrastructure, transportation access, transportation routing, human factors, artificial intelligence, web applications, and autonomous vehicles.

Learn more about Traffic21