Research Labs, Centres or Institutes

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Banff New Media Institute

The Banff New Media Institute (BNMI) is an internationally respected art and digital research innovation centre. Our programs are designed to support creative pluralism, different modes of inquiry, the production of new work, and the engagement of artists, producers, technologists, and researchers with digital culture. BNMI commissions research, provides training, and offers creative production support in a multidisciplinary development environment. Practitioners are able to access a range of expertise, peers, facilities, and environments - all in the Centre’s inspiring mountain campus.

University of Alberta

Research Computing Labs and Studios

  • Centre For Comparative Psycholinguistics

  • Digital Humanities Research Studio

  • TAPoR—Text Analysis Portal for Research

  • Intermedia Research Studio

  • Visualization and Information Technologies in Arts (VITA Studio)

Arts Resource Centre

The Arts Resource Centre (ARC) is a service unit, dedicated to providing expertise and physical resources to instructors, students and teaching units in the Faculty of Arts. It offers instructional design and research computing support to individual instructors and departments to assist with the integration of technology in teaching; provide multimedia / audio-visual services and resources, and support for computer assisted learning; assist departments and the Faculty of Arts with general technology issues; and provide input to policy decisions and coordinate at the campus level and beyond.

University of Calgary

Language Research Centre

The Language Research Centre (LRC) provides leadership in research into language learning and teaching, the effective use of technologies, and policy-making. It is a central point of contact on language research between the University of Calgary and the world.


Simon Fraser University

Language Learning Center

The Language Learning Centre (LLC) is a multi-media resource centre with two classroom computer labs and a walk-in lab for both the Linguistics Department and the Language Training Institute. The main focus of the LLC is to promote, implement, and support computer-assisted language learning and teaching in the SFU language classroom.

The Cognitive Science Lab

The Cognitive Science Lab was founded in the summer of 2006 by Dr. Jeff Pelletier and Dr. Mark Blair.Reflecting the field in general, the lab is a highly multi-disciplinary environment. Lab members include both graduates and undergraduate students from Cognitive Science,Linguistics, Philosophy, Computer Science, Psychology and Kinesiology.

University of British Columbia

Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre

The Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC) was created at UBC to foster research covering the entire spectrum of new computer-based and computer-associated media. Some examples include multimedia, mobile computing, computer animation, 3-D modeling, interactive Web-based applications, hypermedia, computer music and computer-based tools for collaboration in education, medicine and entertainment.

The Institute for Computing, Information, and Cognitive Systems

The Institute for Computing, Information, and Cognitive Systems (ICICS) is a University of British Columbia interdisciplinary research institute fostering a human-centred paradigm shift in emerging information technologies.
Over 160 faculty members from Applied Science, Science, Commerce, Arts, Education, Forestry, and Medicine collaborate within ICICS.

University of Victoria

Humanities Computing and Media Centre

The mandate of the HCMC is to further research, teaching and learning in the faculty of Humanities, in particular the fields of Humanities Computing and Language Learning, and those aspects of other fields involving audio, video or computing technology. We run two computer-based teaching labs, host a research and development office which develops websites, on-line databases and application programs, and collaborate with a drop-in Computer Assisted Language Learning lab.

The Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture

The Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture is a unique interdisciplinary institute for research focussed on the impact of technological change on culture, politics and society. Linking together researchers in the Faculties of Social Science, Engineering, Humanities, Education, Fine Arts, Law, Indigenous Governance, and Human and Social Development, the Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture provides a collaborative interdisciplinary site for advanced research on information technology, new media, and digital communication as well as for rethinking issues related to ethics and biotechnology.

The Digital Humanities Summer Institute

The Digital Humanities Summer Institute provides an environment ideal to discuss, to learn about, and to advance skills in new computing technologies influencing the work of those in the Arts, Humanities and Library communities.

Vancouver Island University

MRL Media Research Lab formerly CDHI

Established in 2002 with funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the BC Development Fund, the Media Research Lab was originally named the Centre for Digital Humanities Innovation (CDHI). The name was changed in 2007 to signify a new direction and mandate.
The Media Research Lab attempts to integrate new media more fully into institutional practices, through demonstrations, workshops, exhibits, and supported pilot projects. For example, the Film Unit explores the protocols and standards for creating an institutional digital archive.


University of New Burnswick

Electronic Text Centre

The Electronic Text Centre at UNB Libraries is a vital part of the University of New Brunswick Libraries' commitment to enhancing research, teaching, and resource management for scholars and students. A recognized leader in electronic scholarly communications, humanities computing, and digital libraries, the Centre is a collaborative and interdisciplinary enterprise undertaking initiatives that advance technologies in these domains.


Acadia University

Humanties Hypermedia Centre
Humanties Hypermedia Centre is an innovative initiative for collaborative research, teaching and learning in the digital environment. Together with the Library and the AITT, the departments of English, History & Classics and Philosophy are integrating hypermedia technologies into a new multidisciplinary curriculum. At the core of all courses offered through the HHC is the Acadia Humanities HyperMedia Archive! (AhHa!) – a unique and valuable collection of student-generated digital documents covering all aspects of the Liberal Arts.
Acadia Digital Culture Observatory (is probably replaced by HHC)

Dalhousie University

Electronic Text Centre

The ETC is a service that provides online access to full-text documents (e-texts), research projects, and Dalhousie-published scholarly electronic journals for users at Dalhousie University and beyond, enabling users to access the available texts at any time, and from any location.


Brock University

Centre for Digital Humanities

The Centre for Digital Humanities is an academic and research unit as well as a source of information and educational technology service and support to the Faculty of Humanities.

McMaster University


TAPoR will build a unique human and computing infrastructure for text analysis across the country by establishing six regional centers to form one national text analysis research portal.

Ryerson University

Center for Learning Technologies

Rogers Communications Centre

The Rogers Communications Centre is Ryerson University's flagship building for studies in converging communications and interactive media. In operation for almost twenty years, the Rogers Communications Centre has grown to become Canada's premier facility for education in digital media communications.

University of Toronto

The Institute of Communication and Culture (ICC)

The Institute of Communication and Culture (ICC) was founded at the University of Toronto at Mississauga in 2003. The ICC is an interdisciplinary research and teaching Institute designed to address questions of culture and communication across the humanities, science and social science disciplines.

The Centre for Media and Culture in Education (CMCE)

The Centre for Media and Culture in Education seeks to foster critical inquiry and debate regarding cultural practices integral to everyday life in contemporary communities.

Computing in the Humanities and Social Sciences

CHASS is a computing facility within the Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto. The Facility's broad mandate is to promote and support computing in research and instruction within the humanities and social sciences departments. Our resources include, among others, four computing labs, the CHASS Data Centre - a sophisticated search and retrieval system for a large collection of databases used by over 50 universities in North America, and the CHASS Resource Centre with its collection of language resources.

Adaptive Technology Resource Centre

The overarching goal of the ATRC is to help ensure that emerging information technology and practices are designed inclusively from the very beginning. We define inclusive design as design that enables and supports the participation of individuals and groups representing the full range of human diversity. We see disability as a mismatch between the needs of the individual and the service, education, tools or environment provided and accessibility as the adaptability of the system to the needs of each individual. Our research, development, education and service are all grounded in this principle.
The ATRC supports open standards - as well as open access and open source wherever possible - to distribute our work as widely as possible and to encourage broad participation in our initiatives. All our work is collaborative.

University of Waterloo

Canadian Centre of Arts and Technology

CCAT was established by Senate approval, within the University of Waterloo, in June 2003. Since then, its researchers have embarked on a wide range of projects in the fields connecting technology, people, and the Arts.

University of Western Ontario

The Research Group for Electronic Textuality and Theory

The Research Group for Electronic Textuality and Theory is a largely informal collective of researchers in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at The University of Western Ontario. As members of this group, we share an interest in the application of digital and computer technology to research in the humanities and arts, as well as a desire to explore the theoretical implications of these new technologies in the fields of language, literature, and textuality.




Institute for Research/Creation in Media Arts and Technologies.
In August 2001, two Montreal Universities, Concordia University (Concordia) and Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), founding members of two distinct languages and cultures, created the Hexagram Institute for Research/Creation in Media Arts and Technologies in order to unite forces and share their knowledge and human, technological and artistic resources. In 2006, Université de Montréal (U. de M.) and McGill University joined Hexagram as associate members.

Topological Media Lab

The Topological Media Lab provides a locus for studying subjectivation, agency and materiality from phenomenological, social and computational perspectives. Investigating such questions, the atelier-studio-laboratory creates material poetry, and speculative, live events in responsive environments. The TML invents novel forms of gestural media, expressive instruments and compositional systems that support these speculative performances and installations.

McGill University


Media@McGill is a hub of research, scholarship and public outreach on issues and controversies in media, technology and culture. The members of Media@McGill are the eight communication studies faculty within the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University in Montreal.

CIRMMT-The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology

CIRMMT is a multi-disciplinary research group centred at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. It unites researchers and their students from three Quebec institutions - McGill University (Faculties of Music, Science, Engineering, Education and Medicine), l’Université de Montréal (Faculté de musique, Faculté des arts & des sciences), and l’Université de Sherbrooke (Faculté de génie). The CIRMMT community also includes administrative and technical staff, research associates, visiting scholars, musicians, and industrial associates. CIRMMT occupies a unique position on the international stage having developed intense research partnerships with other academic and research institutions, as well as diverse industry partners throughout the world.

Université du Québec à Montréal


Centre de Recherche sur le Text et l'Imaginaire at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) which hosts the NT2 lab.
Lecture et Analyse de Textes Assistés par Ordinateur (LANCI)

Université de Montréal


LexUM is a services laboratory attached to the Law Faculty of the Université de Montréal. This close relationship allows LexUM to benefit from the expertise and vitality of a large pool of professors, researchers and students.

Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology , Montreal , Quebec

The Daniel Langlois Foundation's purpose is to further artistic and scientific knowledge by fostering the meeting of art and science in the field of technology. The Foundation seeks to nurture a critical awareness of technology's implications for human beings and their natural and cultural environments, and to promote the exploration of aesthetics suited to evolving human environments. The Centre for Research and Documentation seeks to document history, artworks, and practices associated with electronic and digital media arts and to make this information available to researchers in an innovative manner through data communications.


University of Saskatchewan

The Humanities and Fine Arts Digital Research Centre

The Humanities and Fine Arts Digital Research Centrefosters multidisciplinary research involving digital humanities and fine arts. An innovative and flexible location with leading-edge technologies, it encourages collaborative partnerships and serves as a performance venue for new media exhibitions.