Our Research Groups

CMS/W tests theory in the real world, and that’s the role our research groups play.

Civic media, digital humanities, games, electronic literature…such variety is determined not only by what faculty and students offer but also through the establishment of strategic partnerships with donors and organizations. These have included the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Singapore’s Media Development Authority, the MacArthur Foundation, industry groups, private donors, and others.

For the graduate program in particular, there’s something unique about CMS/W, its research groups, and its funding partners: graduate students work for the groups as research assistants and, in return, receive free tuition and a stipend. Undergraduates, too, regularly have the chance to work with our research groups, through MIT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.

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Develops new tools and strategies for fostering civic engagement and strengthening social bonds in local communities.

  • Ethan Zuckerman, Director and Principal Investigator
  • Lorrie LeJeune, Assistant Director

Website: civic.mit.edu

Engaging new technologies and their potential to enable fresh and highly effective solutions to problems of significant social, economic, and cultural importance.

Website: design.mit.edu

Education Arcade logoExplores games that promote learning through authentic and engaging play. Its mission is to demonstrate the social, cultural, and educational potentials of videogames by initiating new game development projects, coordinating interdisciplinary research efforts, and informing public conversations about the broader and sometimes unexpected uses of this emerging art form in education.

Website: educationarcade.org

Explores the potential of play, from entertainment to education, art to activism, science to socialization, and more.

Website: gamelab.mit.edu

Exploring the use of media technologies (satellites, television, the internet, social media, and mobile phones) in diverse international contexts.

Website: globalmedia.mit.edu

Researches and develops new forms of gaming, interactive narrative, social media, virtual reality, and new creative computing forms and analyzes social aspects of such digital media systems by inventing and using artificial intelligence and machine-learning techniques.

Website: icelab.mit.edu

Brings technologists, storytellers, and scholars together to advance the new arts of documentary.

Website: opendoclab.mit.edu

Designing systems for teacher learning across the career trajectory to support ambitious teaching and learning. The Teaching Systems Lab develops and leverages new digital tools, from massive open online courses to digital practice spaces that allow teachers to rehearse for and reflect upon important decisions in teaching.

Website: tsl.mit.edu

A lab for research, teaching, and creative production, dedicated to developing new poetic practices and new understandings of digital media by considering the material, formal, and historical aspects of creative computing.

Website: trope-tank.mit.edu