Research Environment

Conducting Research in Unexpected Ways

At WPI we think differently. We recognize that research doesn’t always mean a pursuit of one ultimate, correct answer. Instead it involves creativity, imagination, an open-mind, and the willingness to explore all possibilities and details surrounding a question.

We believe that research and learning happens everywhere not just in the classroom or laboratory. Our broad range of disciplines in the division of Arts & Sciences at WPI necessitates an equally comprehensive collection of research facilities. Learn more about some of our state-of-the-art facilities below: .

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  • The Interaction Lab provides an environment for state-of-the-art research into human-computer interaction.

  • The Photonics Lab allows us to research the field of photonics - the study and application of light - with emphasis on fibers, lasers, and detectors.

  • The world-class, 125,000-square-foot LSBC serves as the focal point for education & research in the life sciences and related bioengineering fields.

  • The Educational Psychology Laboratory allows us to conduct research at the intersection of Educational Data Mining and Human-Computer Interaction.

  • The Digital Art Studio is a modern space suitable for creating and editing digital art and has ample space and lighting for the traditional arts.

  • The Environmental Laboratory is used for state-of-the-art environmental analyses of water and wastewater, and for conducting treatability studies.

  • Rehearsal and performance venues include the Great Hall, the Spaulding Recital Hall, the Perreault Chamber, and the Janet Earle Choral Rehearsal Room.

  • The intimate, black-box-style Little Theatre is WPI’s first dedicated theatre facility and is well suited for a wide range of dramatic presentations.

  • Our behavioral science labs allow us to study effects of subtle social environmental cues on perception, decision making, and interpersonal conduct.

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