Computational Design Lab

Programs

Listed below are the academic programs associated with the Computational Design Lab. For more information on admission procedures, please visit the School of Architecture admission website.

Master of Tangible Interaction Design

The Masters of Tangible Interaction Design program (MTID) at Carnegie Mellon is a multidisciplinary collaborative formed to address complex issues at the intersection of art, design, architecture and engineering.  The core faculty for the program hold appointments in the School of Architecture, School of Art, and the School of Design; MTID’s affiliate faculty expand this expertise with representation from the Schools of Computer Science, Drama, and Music, The Robotics Institute, and The College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

MTID functions as three-semester long curriculum that includes graduate seminars, advanced hands-on studios, and a thesis project, centered around new computational technologies in making. The program serves two distinct groups: those with significant engineering and/or computer science knowledge who wish to master design or artistic skills, and those with significant design, art, or architecture experience who wish to master technological means of making.

The scope of study in the MTID program is broad, including interaction design, digital fabrication, data visualization, physical computing, analog and digital electronics, installation art, tactical media, and experiential media. Students attend design and technology courses and a studio where they apply these skills. Students also read and discuss the literature of this emerging field in a seminar course.

Curriculum

The MTID program is an intensive four-semester program (with an option to finish in three semesters) that consists two types of courses: required core course (taught by core MTID faculty) in which you design and make interactive objects and environments,  familiarize yourself with relevant research literature, and prepare publications for submission to journals and conferences. The core courses are complemented with elective courses (taught by core and affiliate MTID faculty) for advanced work, greater specialization or building skills in areas outside students’ strengths.

The table below shows a listing of the required and suggested elective courses, followed by the instructor/department as well as [the number of units]. The MTID program requires a minimum of 120 units; 52 units are offered as required courses, while the rest can be selected from a wide range of courses from across the university, thus allowing our students the most freedom in choosing their path:

Course

Title

Semester

Units

Faculty

Department

 

Required

48-739

Making Things Interactive

Fall

9-12

Brockmeyer Arch

60-439

Hybrid Instruments

Fall

12

Momeni Art

51-704

Graduate Design Seminar For Ix

Fall

12

Kelliher Design

51-882

Interactive Art And Computational Design

Spring

12

Levin Art

48-769

Thesis Project

Fall

18

MTID core faculty Arch + Art + Design

 

 

 

 

   

Elective

48-431

Engineering Computation

Fall

12

Shimada Computer Sience

18-799

Computer Vision

Spring

12

Narasimhan Computer Science

51-831

Methodology Visualization

Spring

12

Zywica

05-499

Mobile Service Innovation

Spring

12

Steven Dow/Jim Morris Computer Science

15-637

Web Application Design

Spring

12

Eppinger Computer Science

95-772/08-722

Data Structure For Application Programmers

Spring

6

Lee Computer Science

95-771

Data Structure And Algorithms

Spring

12

McCarthy Computer Science

10-601

Machine Learning

Spring

12

Rosenfeld/Kim Computer Science

45-805

Entrepreneurial High Growth Companies

Spring

6

Mawhinney/Demmler Tepper

48-478

Digital Tooling

Fall/Spring

6

Z. Ali Architecture

15-694

Cognitive Robotics

Spring

12

Touretzky Computer Science

54-736

Future Stages For Grads

Spring

6 to 21

Shea/Sissons/Weems Drama

15-323

Computer Music Systems And Information Processing

Spring

9

Dannenberg Computer Science

05-833

Gadgets, Sensors And Activity Recognition In HCI

Spring

12

Hudson Computer Science

05-391

Designing Human Centered Software

Spring

12

Harrison Computer Science

05-839

The Big Data Pipeline: Collecting And Using Big Data For Interactive Systems

Spring

12

Mankoff Computer Science

16-778 / 18-578 / 24-778

Mechatronic Design

Spring

12

Dolan/Neuman Computer Science

53-607

Etc Interdisciplinary Project Ii

Spring

36

Stevens/Christel/Vituccio/Harger/
Yee/Culyba/Hammer/Lam/
Davidson/Comley/Dessler/
Saldamarco
Entertainment Technoogy Center

60-427

Advanced Etb: Special Topics

Fall

10

Pedercini Art

48-724

: Game Design

Spring

6 to 12

Krishnamurti/Bard Architecture

60-480

Scripting And Parametric Design

Spring

10

Rubin Art

Milestones

  • 1st semester
    • online (private or public) work journal, updated weekly
    • professional identity website
    • public portfolio review 1 (10 min presentation + 10 min feedback):
      • 2 projects from the semester
      • 1 discovery report
      • 1 sketch for future work
      • 1 aspirational community identification
      • 2 – 3 proposed exhibition/publication/presentation/funding venues
      • graded: counts towards “Making Things Interactive”
      • held during finals week, dec 8 – 14
  • 2nd semester
    • public portfolio review 1 (10 min presentation + 10 min feedback)
      • 1 project from the semester
      • 1 thesis proposal
      • 1 aspirational community identification
      • 1-2 submitted exhibition/publication/presentation/funding venue (see eric’s list)
    • CodeLab OPEN House – february ideate event
    • 2 x MTID advising faculty identified
  • 3rd semester
    • thesis check-in (public presentation)
      • thesis proposal
      • sketch / plan for final project
      • timeline of project
      • budget for project
      • held during finals week
      • 2 submitted exhibition/publication/presentation/funding
    • 1 x OUTSIDE advising faculty identified
    • Complete thesis committee confirmed: 2 from MTID, 1 from outside
  • 4th semester
    • portfolio review 2 (with thesis committee):
    • 3 x contributing works/attempts
    • 1 culminating work
    • report of concrete experience/acceptance in aspirational community
    • defense presentation to examining committee + directors
    • 2 submitted exhibition/publication/presentation/funding venues

 

The affiliate MTID faculty represent a growing group who also participate in the MTID program. They teach and conduct research in diverse departments at CMU that intersects with the MTID’s mission, and bring a wide range of talents and viewpoints to the program.  In addition to welcoming MTID students in their department’s courses, these faculty members contribute to the MTID program by joining design reviews, and serving as informal advisors to MTID students.