Computer Facilities

Modern computer laboratory facilities are essential in preparing students for professional positions in the world of computer science and software engineering practice and research.  CIS department facilities include the Computer Projects Lab, the Game and Multimedia Environments (GAME) Lab, the Database and Multimedia Systems Lab, the Research Laboratory for Sustainable Systems (RLSS), the Security and Forensics Research Lab (SAFE), the Vehicular Networking Systems Research Lab and the Virtual Engineering Laboratory (VEL).

Student Labs

Computer Projects Lab

Location: CIS 139
Hours: M-Th (11am-8pm), Friday (11am-6pm)
Contact: Aaron Matney

Research Labs

  • The Database Research Group in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Michigan - Dearborn has strong faculty members who are active in the database area. They conduct innovative research in database management systems and related areas. Their research projects have been funded by various federal and industrial sponsors including the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), Michigan Life Science Corridor, IBM Corporation, and Ford Motor Company. The faculty members in the group have published research results in refereed quality journals and conference proceedings including ACM Transactions on Database Systems, ACM Transactions on Information Systems, IEEE Transactions on Data and Knowledge Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, the VLDB Journal, Information Systems, Data and Knowledge Engineering, Distributed and Parallel Databases, Pattern Recognition, International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB), IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE), and IEEE International Conference on Multimedia Computing and Systems (ICMCS). They actively participate in professional activities including serving on the editorial boards for various technical journals and magazines (e.g., IEEE Multimedia, Multimedia Tools and Applications, International Journal of Semantic Computing) and serving as program/organizing committee members/chairs for numerious international conferences (e.g., ICDE, DEXA, WISE, WAIM, ACM Multimedia, etc). Learn more.

  • This is an NSF-sponsored research laboratory.


    Due to the increasing energy consumption by computer systems and the thermal threat to computer systems, environmentally sustainable computing has received significant attention in industry and research. The goal of sustainable computing is to efficiently and effectively manage system resource to render the computing sustainable with minimal impact on the environment. The underlying systems are diverse, ranging from embedded systems to high-performance chip-multiprocessors to server clusters in data centers. Many applications on these systems demand timing requirements of their applications. One of our research goals is to study these timing-sensitive applicaitons on diverse sustainable computing platforms.


    On the other hand, many systems are highly vulnerable to faults or attacks, which can compromise the system performance, corrupt important data, or expose private information. Another major research goal is to design approaches to render systems more sustainable, secure, and trustworthy. Learn more.

  • This laboratory conducts research in the areas of computer and network security, digital forensics, and applied cryptography. It aims at tackling real-world security challenges and at the same time provides security education for society. Learn more.

  • With emerging standards such as dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) designated for vehicle-to-vehicle communications and roadside-to-vehicle communications, cars will soon be able to communicate with each other. This enables a new class of communications applications that can support future transportation systems and needs. Located in Motown, we are working to rapidly adapt these technologies for the transportation industry. Several faculty members at the University of Michigan-Dearborn have teamed together to establish the Vehicular Networking Systems Research Laboratory. The goal of this laboratory is to provide a dedicated environment for interdisciplinary experimental research in wireless networking and mobile computing in order to develop expertise in both the theoretical and applied aspects of wireless networking and mobile computing within the context of automotive applications. Learn more.

  • The Virtual Engineering Laboratory is an NSF-sponsored research lab that is equipped with state-of-the-art research facilities, including a high-energy and high-accuracy X-ray computer tomography system, a high-accuracy laser scanning system, a measurement microscope, a surface roughness profiler, a coordinate measurement machine, a portable robotic arm, an autostereo and geowall display, and high-end workstations. The research at VEL focuses on innovative computational methodologies for solving both fundamental and applied problems in engineering. Our work follows the principle of being unique, creative and explorative with a focus on critical unsolved problems in precision measurement, nondestructive evaluation, computational material science, and computer-aided design, modeling and simulation. Learn more.

Specialized Labs

Game and Multimedia Environments (GAME) Lab

Location: CIS 239
Hours: M-F (1pm-6pm) by request
For additional hours contact: Dr. Bruce Maxim
Contact: Aaron Matney