Research Centers

Research Centers and Laboratories

The faculty of the school crosses disciplinary boundaries to integrate the common elements of information management in business, government, education, and nonprofit settings, including the relationship of information and knowledge, electronic and traditional libraries, information systems and technology, information resources management, information policy and services, and the study of information users.

Many of the faculty conduct their research individually and in small, flexible, interdisciplinary teams. For certain specialized areas and cross-unit collaborations, however, research centers and laboratories provide a venue that supports long- term commitment to a particular research area. The following research centers and laboratories are located in the school:

  • Center for Digital Literacy CDL is an interdisciplinary, collaborative research and development center at Syracuse University dedicated to (1) understanding the impact of information, technology, and media literacies on children and adults (particularly those from underserved populations) in today's technology-intensive society and (2) studying the impact having or not having these literacies has on people, organizations, and society.
  • Center for Convergence and Emerging Network Technologies CCENT The mission of CCENT is to understand the future of networking technologies, and to engage students, faculty and industry in the process of defining and shaping that future. CCENT currently has setup four testbeds for studying emerging network technologies, including wireless networking, network security, unified communication systems, Internet protocol version 6.
  • Center for Information and Systems Assurance and Trust Established in June 2009, CISAT promotes the exploration of new ideas in information and systems assurance and trust by bringing together faculty from seven schools and colleges at Syracuse University: the School of Information Studies, L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Law, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Newhouse School of Public Communications, Whitman School of Management, and the College of Arts and Sciences, who share a common vision of improving society through the creation of trustworthy systems.
  • Center for Natural Language Processing CNLP advances the development of human-like language understanding software capabilities for government, commercial, and consumer applications.
  • Center for Research on Collaboratories and Technology Enhanced Learning Communities Cotelco is a social science research center organized to explore the socio-technical infrastructure required to support geographically distributed collaboration and knowledge work, particularly between developed and developing countries.
  • Information Institute of Syracuse IIS is a long standing research center in the areas of education, technology and librarianship. Its projects bring together universities, government agencies, and private enterprises to promote easy access to high quality educational information to a diverse user population.
  • Internet Governance Project IGP is an alliance of academics that puts expertise into practical action in the fields of global governance, Internet policy, and information and communication technology.
  • Because Play Matters
    BPM is a game lab that creates transformative games and play for informal learning environments such as libraries and museums.  One of the methods of transforming players is through meaningful gamification, which is the use of game elements for non-game settings that focuses on helping players find meaning instead of offering rewards. Through its Game Designers' Guild, BPM connects budding game designers with community projects in order to educate and enlighten through play.
  • Internet Consulting Services (Professor Jeffrey Rubin) has pioneered technologies in web design, content management systems, e-commerce solutions, and many other areas. ICS focuses its development efforts on Web based content management solutions and has a client list that includes the National Science Foundation, Lucent Technologies, Ericsson, Sony Music, and National Geographic.
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