About CRCL

The nationally recognized Culturally Relevant Computing Lab (CRCL) investigates research problems centered on creating innovative computing technologies to solve cultural problems and issues. We are the largest producer of African American computer science undergraduates in the nation who goes on to doctoral programs in computing.

We focus on broadening participation in computer science through culturally relevant and human-centered computing. We currently manage 12 grants totaling $2.6 million. Active computer science and analysis research projects and programs in the lab are computer science education, computer science outreach, conversational user interfaces, and cybersecurity.

The CRCL conducts research in over 3,750 square feet of space:

  • Research labs are in John C. Hopps Technology Tower Room 129 and Nabrit-Mapp-McBay Hall 221
  • The Graduate Village in Technology Tower Room 141 is a workspace for our postbaccalaureate researchers, student researchers, and student assistants
  • Classrooms in Technology Tower 227 and 233
  • Conference rooms in Technology Tower 125 and 127
  • Offices are in Technology Tower 121, 125, and 222; Mays Hall 108C; and Nabrit-Mapp-McBay Hall 221A, 221B, and 221C

Technology equipment in the CRCL includes:

  • iMacs, iMac Pros, MacBook Pros, and iPads
  • Asus, Lenovo, and Samsung monitors
  • Vizio 70” LED TVs with Sound Bar Systems
  • Apple 4K 32GB TVs
  • Epson Projectors and Smartboards
  • Sony Action Camcorders
  • Sphero balls and accessories

The software we have includes Adobe Creative Suite, Autodesk Suite, and Office 365.