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The mission of The Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) is to educate, inform, and inspire innovative thinking and experimentation in the area of arts and technology through collaborative academic and research experiences for graduate students and related faculty. In response to the mission, ACCAD provides a computing environment in which faculty researchers, graduate students and research staff are supported with a stable network of hardware and software and additional high-end resources such as a motion capture system, digital HD video editing suite, a surround sound composition lab, and an interactive performance space.

Motion Lab
The Motion Lab is a rapidly reconfigurable interdisciplinary space for motion research and advanced technology performance investigation. The multi-use facility houses an optical tracking system for large volume motion capture as well as intelligent stage capabilities including flexible media control and a full suite of theatrical audio, sound, lighting, and media interaction and projection resources.

Simulation Lab
The SIM Lab research space enables design, prototyping, hardware and software development for non-traditional forms of user interaction and graphics display. The reconfigurable and open floor area is designed for the staging of installations using full-body gesture tracking and large-scale immersive projection systems.

Sonic Arts Lab
The Sonic Arts Lab is a small space designed for acoustic isolation and control, enabling advanced audio and video post-production for students and ACCAD research projects. The space is outfitted with a single advanced workstation with multiple displays, surround sound audio monitoring, wall-mounted HD projection monitoring, and seating area for team or client review of work.

Video Lab
The Video Lab is equipped to support production needs for high bandwidth and broadcast quality video and visual effects research projects with 4 dual monitor workstations and a specialized network for fast data transfer.  

Fiscal Year 2024:

  • ACCAD computer lab uses / hardware / software rate: $2,053 / month
  • ACCAD computer lab uses / hardware / software rate: $93.33 / day
  • ACCAD Motion Capture Studio / Equipment: $1,567 / day
  • ACCAD Motion Capture Studio / Equipment: $196 / hour
  • ACCAD Motion Capture Studio / dance floor space: $131 / day
  • Personnel rates = current year (workday status)
  • Fee Auth Rates = current year
  • 40 Lenovo ThinkStation P620 AMD ThreadRipper Pro CPU, each with:
    • 64GB RAM
    • 1TB SSD storage
    • NVidia RTX A5000 24GB video cards
  • 8 Lenovo ThinkStation P620 AMD ThreadRipper Pro CPU, each with:
    • 64GB RAM
    • 1TB SSD storage
    • NVidia RTX A6000 24GB video cards x2
  • Renderfarm/Grid for distributed computing
  • Gigabit network to every desktop
  • 50 TB of disk available to users
  • Web hosting on site
  • Windows-based server environment
  • Large black box stage space with sprung wood floor and Marley
  • Full suite of theater lighting, sound, and media technologies including 8X8 Matrix switcher and custom designed spiral track system with hanging screens and scrims.
  • Vicon MX40Tx Motion Capture System 12 cameras
  • 3DF Zephyr
  • Adobe CC
  • Allegorthimic Substance Painter and Design
  • Android Studio
  • Arduino
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Autodesk MotionBuilder
  • Autodesk Mudbox
  • Autodesk 3DSMax
  • Blender
  • Cura
  • DragonFrame
  • Epic Games
  • Harmony Advanced
  • Isadora
  • Kinect SDK
  • LEAP Motion
  • Max/MSP/Jitter
  • MS Office
  • Microsoft software development environment
  • OBS Studio
  • Oculus
  • Pixar Renderman
  • Side Effects Houdini
  • Steam/Steam VR
  • TV Paint
  • Vicon Blade and Shogun
  • Unity3d
  • ZBrush
  • Wacom Intuos tablets
  • Wacom Cintiq HD24 displays
  • Wacom Cintiq interactive pen displays
  • page scanners
  • portable video projectors
  • digital still camera/DSLR
  • digital video cameras
  • SensAble force feedback device