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Innovation, Discovery, DEsign, & DAta Laboratory (IDEA Lab)

IDEA Lab Access Request
Submit a proposal to gain access to the IDEA Lab.
Please note that access must be renewed each semester.
Reservation Request
If you already have authorized access, submit a request to reserve space and/or equipment in the IDEA Lab.

About the IDEA Lab

The IDEA Lab provides space and technology for collaboration, innovation, and entrepreneurship and supports a wide range of digital scholarship activities. The lab functions as a demonstration and prototyping site for exploring the interface between design learning, informatics, visualization, and data analytics. It features the informatics innovations and pioneering technologies that make the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center unique.

  • Only users with keycard access may enter.
  • Each person must swipe their keycard each time they enter.
  • No food is allowed (unless prior arrangements are made).


  • Email us at idealab@library.illinois.edu
  • The IDEA Lab is located on the west side of Grainger Engineering Library’s lower level.
  • The IDEA Lab is open during Grainger Engineering Library’s operating hours. Access must be approved.


Spaces and Technology

See below for more information about each of the IDEA Lab’s technologies.

The Visualization Wall with two students standing in front of it
The Visualization Wall with two students standing in front of it

A 13.5′ feet by 7.5′ visualization wall ideal for high-definition presentations

  • Comprised of 16 46” monitors
  • 7,680 by 4,320 pixel, true 8K,  resolution
  • Powered by a high-end Windows 10 workstation with NVIDIA Quadro 6000 video card


Work space for groups utilizing virtual reality and augmented reality technologies
  • HTC Vive
  • Oculus Rift (coming spring 2018)
  • HoloLens (coming spring 2018)


An Informatics Laboratory for work on information discovery and database technologies
  • A mini-visualization wall comprised of 4 55″ monitors
  • True 8K resolution
  • Four 65” mobile touchscreen monitors with attached workstations


Three 3D printers for constructing prototypes
  • LulzBot TAZ 5 3D printers with PLA printing capabilities
  • One LulzBot TAZ 5 3D printer equipped with dual extruders
  • Sense 3D scanner


Presentation Space North
Presentation Space North
Presentation Space East
Presentation Space East

Two presentation spaces for enhanced interactive presentations

  • north area with dual 84” monitors
  • east area includes a single 84” monitor equipped with wireless presentation technology


Innovator Design RoomGroup work rooms for collaborating on discovery, design, and data projects
  • Glass writing surfaces
  • Mobile whiteboards
  • 58″ mobile high-definition monitors with attached workstations


Collaboration Table

Collaboration tables for group project work

  • 4′ x 6′ collaboration tables with attached 42” monitors
  • Six Extron switch cables (4 HDMI; 2 VGA)