Centers, Labs and Initiatives

Center for the Arts

Based in the College of Arts, Media and Design, Northeastern Center for the Arts’ mission is to make creative expression integral to the Northeastern experience. We are an inclusive, multi-disciplinary center that brings the diversity of arts to life at venues around campus and across Boston—inspiring students to think creatively and expanding cultural awareness in our community.

Co-Lab for Data Impact

The Co-Lab for Data Impact is a new CAMD initiative dedicated to research and scholarship in data storytelling and visualization, information design, new media technology, and media innovation. Led by faculty from the School of Journalism and the Department of Art + Design, this new research lab will serve as the university hub for faculty, staff, and students looking to communicate visually with data in high-impact ways, and for external partners seeking expertise in this domain.

Northeastern University Visualization Consortium (NUVis)

NUVis is an interdisciplinary cross-university initiative funded through a collaboration between the College of Arts, Media and Design and the College of Computer and Information Science. It supports research efforts in visualization and connects faculty and students to foster a visualization community. Associate Professor Dietmar Offenhuber (Art + Design and Public Policy), head of CAMD’s Information Design and Visualization graduate program, is Co-Director of the initiative.

Dean’s Research Fellows

The Dean’s Research Fellows are faculty members across the College of Arts, Media and Design who are engaged in research, scholarship and creative activity in critical strategic areas for the College. Fellows are appointed for one-year terms and placed in interdisciplinary teams, where they develop and expand their research agendas and work toward securing external funding. Fellows engage with the CAMD community and the larger university environment through organized research events and informal discussions. They also serve as an informal advisory board to the Dean on research related initiatives at the College, and nominate and select prominent guests invited to campus as part of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

Experiential Technologies Lab

The lab encompasses high-end technology that fosters an environment of development and learning, drives independent and collaborative projects pursued by faculty and students, and supports experiential coursework. Current work in the lab includes: biometrics-driven research with eye-tracking glasses, Shimmer and iMotion software; design research and digital storytelling with tools such as 360 VR cameras, Magic Leap, Hololens and Occulus Go; user testing with a one-way mirror environment, camera setups and high-end computing. We strive to remove road blocks in the creation process, utilizing digital tools and new media to make emerging technology projects come to life.

Interdisciplinary Research Lab

Located in 171 Holmes, CAMD’s Interdisciplinary Research Lab is a multipurpose, flexible work space designed to support faculty and graduate research at the College. The Lab is home to the Dean’s Research Fellows, who are engaged in research and scholarship in the areas of design, data storytelling, and critical creative practice.

Health Technology Lab

The Health Technology Lab, run by Associate Professor Amy Lu (Communication Studies and Health Sciences) focuses on the intersection of health behavior and digital technology. Research delves into the mechanisms through which digital media such as video games and apps provide health benefits by examining their design and motivational features. The goal is to design and evaluate innovative health interventions and measurement devices that are theory-guided and evidence-based.


Explore a wealth of information about new techniques and best practices in data storytelling and digital journalism. This unique website is created and maintained by Northeastern’s School of Journalism.

The Scope

The Scope explores the factors and issues that drive, explain, and contextualize urban inequalities. It is a product of the School of Journalism’s Media Innovation Program, which focuses on digital fluency in storytelling.


Scout is Northeastern’s student-led design studio. It aims to foster the design community at Northeastern through client work, speaker series, and interactive workshops.