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Social Science Capabilities

Key Figures

1st
largest virtual environment in the world
as measured by navigable floor area

70
media mentions of Scripps Gerontology Center research
in 2015

2
patents
in speech pathology

3
Ohio Centers of Excellence
Scripps Gerontology Center, Institute for Entrepreneurship, Center for Structural Biology and Metabonomics

$2.3M
in industry partnerships
FY2016

Analytics and Data Science

The Center for Analytics and Data Science (CADS) is a joint initiative of the Farmer School of Business, the College of Arts and Science, and the College of Engineering and Computing. CADS brings together experts from information systems and analytics, statistics, computer science and software engineering, marketing, and accounting in an innovative research environment. Part of the Department of Geography, the Geospatial Analysis Center offers geospatial data collection and analysis services, which are supported by more than 20 high-end computers running the most current GIS and remote sensing software. The Redhawk cluster supports a wide range of analytics and data science research. This general purpose research computing resource consists in part of two login nodes and 45 compute nodes. The compute nodes have Intel processors with core counts varying between eight and 16 and memory in the range of 12GB to 128GB. The cluster also supports shared storage space in the amount of about 18TB.

Virtual Reality and User Experience Testing

The Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies (AIMS) at Miami University facilitates development of live action virtual reality (VR) or VR games and animations that can be used for research or training. Miami’s huge immersive virtual environment (HIVE) is a state-of-the-art virtual environment facility offering completely untethered tracking of multiple users in a physical space of 1,100 square meters. Immersed users of the HIVE are able to navigate naturally through virtual worlds by simply walking. Through the use of redirected walking algorithms, the HIVE can seamlessly simulate virtual worlds of  unlimited size. Additional assets include a three-walled/floor  immersive VR environment, a Z-Space VR table offering manipulable “float in front of you” 3-D content,  Samsung Gear and Occulus Rift VR headsets, a double telepresence robot, a Google Project Tango tablet, and 3-D and VR cameras. Industry-leading Tobii eye-trackers help facilitate user experience studies.

Psychophysiology

Housed in the Department of Psychology, Miami’s Center for Human Psychophysiology features a high-density, 256-channel electroencephalography (EEG) recording system with integrated Smart Eye tracking system from Electrical Geodesics. The Department of Psychology also houses additional eyetrackers used to measure attention and processing; a functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) system, a new, non-invasive device to measure brain activity; and biometric equipment to measure galvanic skin response, heart rate, and facial muscle activation, which are associated with emotional responses.

Health and Wellness

Miami’s Psychology Clinic and our Speech & Hearing Clinic offer evaluation and personalized care for individuals in the local community. Researchers in the Department of Psychology are examining how technology can be used to improve health, while public health researchers in the Department of Kinesiology and Health study the social, cognitive, and emotional factors that influence health behaviors. A program of the Scripps Gerontology Center, Opening Minds through Art is an intergenerational art program for people with dementia. It is grounded in research that shows creative expression improves the physical and psychological well-being of those facing cognitive challenges. Faculty affiliates of the Myaamia Center are researching the effect of self-identity on the college success of members of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma enrolled at the Tribe’s namesake university.