Emerging Technologies Group


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The Emerging Technologies Group enables the development and integration of leading-edge technologies into U-M Library’s Specialized Labs and the unique spaces at the Duderstadt Center. The responsibilities of the group include advancing and supporting the systems and infrastructure of the DMC and helping develop the programs needed to support faculty and students.

The group consists of both full-time staff and numerous specially skilled students that are practitioners and experts and support faculty, staff and students by:
  • Consulting on the development and manipulation of animations and projection mapping systems.
  • Developing high throughput systems for storage and delivery.
  • Assisting faculty with content development for new instruction delivery systems like MOOCS and eBooks.
  • Assisting in the building and maintaining connected learning environments like Design Labs and Studios.
  • Developing workshops on various tools and methodologies.
  • Consulting on programming languages and development tools.
  • Working closely with other campus units to leverage shared resources.
  • Tracking and testing game changing technologies on the horizon.
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Electronic Music Studios

Room 1376, Duderstadt Center
2281 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2094



The Electronic Music Studios include two state-of-the art recording laboratories that facilitate a broad range of activities and research including: electronic music composition, recording experimentation, mixing audio to motion picture, scientific investigation and acoustics studies.

Studios A and B may be used separately or combined for expanded capabilities — allowing one to function as a control room while the other acts as a tracking space.

The studios may be reserved by U-M students, faculty and staff who have completed the requisite training courses.

Our training sessions are intended to ensure that all users have the same knowledge base and expectations of the rooms in the Duderstadt Center. Everyone, regardless of depth of recording experience, is required to complete the training sessions for each room. The training workshops are not-for-credit, orientation sessions offered by the Digital Media Commons; this is different from the sound recording course offered as part of a degree program by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Studio A

EMS A has an API 1608 console in addition to Euphonix control surfaces that allow users to mix, match and adopt any combination of analog and digital workflow that suits their needs. Moreover, the studio is equipped with various analog and digital outboard gear as well as software plug-ins to aid users with their research.

EMS A is not only good for musical endeavors, but it is also arranged in a manner that easily facilitates mixing audio to motion picture.

The room has a centrally located 46-inch display, in addition to two 24-inch computer monitors — that put the digital audio workstation and motion picture controls within easy reach.

Following technological trends in audio and video, the studio is set up in 5.1 surround sound allowing users to experiment in both stereo and surround domains when working on audio or video projects.

Studio B

EMS B is a one-of-a-kind studio boasting the world's first 7.1/8.0 analog console.

The centerpiece of the room is a 32-channel API Vision console that is set up for stereo, 5.1, 7.1 and 8.0 surround sound.

With just the push of a few buttons, users can hone their skills using traditional formats, as well keep up with the latest trends such 7.1 Blu-ray standard audio and cutting edge 8.0 electronic music composition.

Users will also find that the studio is a great room for editing, mixing and mastering audio because of the dual fader console, onboard and outboard gear, software plug-ins and multiple sets of speakers.

The console has:

  • two layers, each with 32 faders
  • eight graphic equalizers
  • 24 parametric equalizers
  • 32 compressors

Furthermore, the studio contains a host of outboard analog and digital gear, including an Eventide H8000fw and a TC Electronic System 6000 II with mastering and surround packages that features a 8.0 reverb program.

Studio Help

For help with studio issues, please contact dmcaudiohelp@umich.edu.

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Design Labs

Rooms 1321 & 3360, Duderstadt Center
2281 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2094

The DMC’s Design Labs are creative learning environments that support initiatives to bridge disciplines, build networks and discover new contexts for scholarship. The most important resource you’ll find here are the student content experts: the consultants who lead learning and research activities.  Looking for hard-to-find expertise, or a collaborator? Drop in. 

Design Lab 1

Design Lab 1 hosts an academic community centered in making, with an emphasis on aesthetics. Animators, videographers, musicians and sound engineers, motion scientists, robotics engineers, programmers, gamers and designers collaborate to explore the practical and expressive potential of new tools, technologies and aesthetic directions at the convergence of digital and physical space.  

Design Lab 3

Design Lab 3 is a new learning space, with an emerging base community. Its modular furniture, whiteboards, sketchpads and high-end workstations loaded with data visualization and modeling software attract entrepreneurs, architects and product designers — who are using the lab for ideation in connection with the library’s data resources, as well as the UM3D Lab’s prototyping tools.

Electronics Workbench

The Electronics Workbench is a small room near Design Lab 1 that houses components and hand tools for prototyping electronics projects. Access is granted to anyone following an orientation (two 2-hour sessions), until we have reached capacity per semester. Begin by emailing electronics-wb-requests@umich.edu

Get Involved

There's always something going on in the Design Labs.   Check out Events for details

Electronic Lunch is our long-standing collaborative project group, attracting participants from the Ann Arbor and Detroit maker communities as well as various campus disciplines. It meets at noon on Fridays in Design Lab 1 during the academic term. New participants are always welcome. Join our email group to stay up-to-date.

During Fall 2014, The Michigan Animation Club meets at 6 p.m. Friday evenings in DL1, and a new interest group is meeting regularly to learn Touch Designer techniques on Fridays at 1 p.m. (following Electronic Lunch).

Schedule an Event

We welcome short and long-term events and projects that put our resources to good use and bring new ideas and resources into the mix. If you would like to bring an event to a Design Lab, we encourage you to call or drop in to speak with a consultant first, to be sure we can meet your needs.

Special Access Requests

Find out more about requesting special access.

See the Research

Design Lab 1 has been a “sandbox,” an “experimental classroom”, a “makerspace,” and a “connected learning environment,” but mostly, it has been evolving — for over a decade. In recent years, we have maintained an ongoing mixed-method study of the people who use the lab and the activities taking place. Beginning Fall 2014, we are also observing Design Lab 3.

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Audio Studio

Room 1335, Duderstadt Center
2281 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2094

The Audio Studio is an audio laboratory set up in the style of a recording studio. The resources are intended to encourage experimentation and research, and develop skills and techniques in audio production.


The studio consists of five rooms: the control room, main tracking room, two isolation booths, and an amp room. It has been set up with the resources to explore stereo recording, surround recording and surround recording with height.


The studio is equipped with an API Vision console and set up for full 5.1 surround sound mixing as well as listening.

It includes:

  • 48 channels
  • 96 faders
  • 32 microphone pre-amps
  • 32 parametric qualizers
  • 16 graphic equalizers
  • 24 compressors
  • surround buss compressor

The studio is also equipped with a large selection of outboard gear including compressors, equalizers, and reverberation units. 

Get Trained

Certification to use the Audio Studio is the fourth and final step in the audio software and facilities training sequence.

To be certified to use the Audio Studio, you must first be trained to use the Electronic Music Studios and take a multi-session training course for the Audio Studio.
Our training sessions are intended to ensure that all users have the same knowledge base and expectations of the rooms in the Duderstadt Center. Everyone, regardless of depth of recording experience, is required to complete the training sessions for each room. The training workshops are not-for-credit, orientation sessions offered by the Digital Media Commons; this is different from the sound recording course offered as part of a degree program by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Reserve the Studio

Certified users can reserve the room through our online reservation system.

Collaborate with a Certified Student Audio Engineer

If you are a musician looking for a certified studio engineer to collaborate with, you may send a request to audio.studio@umich.edu. This email address reaches all certified users in the studios.

Work with Us

Faculty and graduate students who would like to work on a recording project with one of the DMC's professional audio engineers, are requested to submit an Audio Recording Project Support Request Form.

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Digital Media Commons Computer Training Labs

Third Floor, Duderstadt Center
2281 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2094
(734) 763-3266 (p)

The DMC has two computer training labs that are open to all U-M students, faculty and staff — though reservations are required.

Both labs can be combined to make larger rooms with 44 work stations.

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Personal Studio

Room 1122, Duderstadt Center
2281 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2094
(734) 763-3266 (p)

The Personal Studio enables users to create dynamic, publication-ready videos at the push of a button. This all-in-one, easy-to-use video production resource offers a teleprompter, backdrops, cameras, microphones, and preconfigured professional lighting.  

An intuitive touchscreen interface enables users to capture, stream, and edit videos in real-time. This system uses the powerful Wirecast software, which provides features such as shot selection, title overlays, picture-in picture, chroma keying, annotation, and multiple inputs.


Get Trained

Personal studio orientations are offered at 2:30 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays and 10:30 am on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Class orientations are available by request, and inquiries can be sent to dc-scheduling@umich.edu.  

Reserve the Room

Trained users can reserve the room through our online reservation system.


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UM3D Lab

Room 1365, Duderstadt Center
2281 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2094
(734) 615-9699 (p)
The UM3D Lab provides students, facutly and staff with access to technologies, expertise and education in cutting-eduge computer modeling and visualization, including:
  • Advanced 3-D modeling, animation and simulation
  • Open access 3-D printing
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Motion capture
  • Scanning and virtualization of physical objects
  • Application development
  • Support and consultation through every stage of a project's life cycle 

Curious? Come See Us

The lab has an open door policy and welcomes visitors Monday through Friday, 9 a..m to 6 p.m.
A formal open house is held the second Friday of every semester.

More About Our Offerings

Photo of 3-D printed material.3-D Printing and Rapid Prototyping

The lab offers a wide range of additive manufacturing and 3-D printing technologies to help you create physical versions of your digital creations. We provide you with the technology and support needed to do what you do best — bring great ideas into reality: medical devices, mechanical parts, architectural designs, art work, etc.
If you have a design you want printed, you can learn more about the process and submit your model at the UM3D Lab website. We will take care of the dirty work, allowing you to pick up your creation when it's ready.
However, if you want to get your hands dirty and print yourself, we have a new collection of 3-D printers that are open-access, easy to operate, and free to use. More information on getting started can be found on the UM3D Lab website.
Photo of 3-D visualization.Advanced Visualization

Perhaps you have volumetric data of solar winds, an architectural space that needs to be experienced before being built, or even the desire to simulate mass casualty scenarios for training first responders. We can help you take a wide range of data and display it in ways that allow for easier exploration, communication, and discovery — whether for research, education, or creative activities.
The lab offers a wide range of services related to visualization including training and workshops, consultation and planning, image and animation generation, interactive experiences, and custom tool development. To learn more about advanced visualization at the lab, visit the UM3D Lab website.
Photo of motion capture session.Motion Capture

Tracking precise movements in three-dimensional space can be a challenging process. The lab offers several options for capturing accurate movements of objects or people through space. Whether you’re interested in capturing differences in movement patterns, identifying stress on an architectural form, or controlling autonomous robots, data from the system can be used for analysis, applied to digital characters or objects, used to control devices, preserved for posterity, or help you obtain greater insights into the object of your investigation. To learn more about motion capture, visit the UM3D Lab website.
Photo of 3-D scanning in progress.3-D Scanning

Working with digital tools, there are times when you need to reference real world objects, or sometimes it’s better to start with a digital version of what you want to create in order to modify it. Our scanners allow you to scan a physical object and generate a 3-D model — which can then be sculpted, measured, archived, or duplicated. Whether you have interest in engines, faces, potatoes, or insects, our scanners can quickly get your objects into digital form. To learn more about 3-D scanning, visit the UM3D Lab website.
Illustration of toolbox.Project Development

Not sure where to start? Do you have an idea but are looking for expert advice? The lab provides a wide range of support services including training, workshops and course integration. We can consult with you at any stage in a project's life cycle, and assist with the development of visually rich applications and tools for multiple platforms — mobile, web, virtual reality. One of our greatest joys is seeing your project succeed whether we’re directly involved or not. You can explore some of our past projects at UM3D Lab website. Let us know how we can help with your next project.
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Creating an Inexpensive Open Source Book Scanner

For the past two semesters, the University of Michigan Library collaborated with Mechanical Engineering 450 students to create a prototype linear book scanner based on openly-available designs by Google. Please join us to hear the Winter 2014 ME450 students discuss their project, describe the improved design, and demo their prototype.

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Date & Time
April 24, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Duderstadt Center, DESIGN LAB 1 (was B245)
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UM3D Lab Winter 2016 Open House

Curious about new technologies, or have a project in mind but not sure where to start? The UM3D Lab Winter Open House will feature demonstrations of Virtual Reality, Rapid Prototyping, Motion Capture, 3D Scanning, Mobile Development, Animations, and more.

Event Information

Date & Time
January 15, 2016 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm
UM3D Lab, First Floor Duderstadt Center, North Campus
Event Type
Open House


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