What is PIRL?

The Public Interactives Research Lab has been active at three universities. Since 2016 the lab’s home has been at the University of Texas at Dallas in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication. Lab members include ATEC faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students. The lab is trans-disciplinary in nature. Researchers are generally interested in cultural and social studies, media studies and theory, communications studies, engineering, computer science, fine art, and, design. Through research projects researchers investigate, explore, build, and, analyze Public Interactives, which are emergent interactive communications technologies designed and deployed in public or shared spaces. Researchers are particularly interested in tracking Public Interactives’ impact on the development of culture through their deployment in these spaces.

PIRL has meetings every Wednesday from 5:00pm-7:00pm in ATC 1.705.