Partners & Supporters


Intel Corporation is partnering with Carnegie Mellon as part of its Intel Design School Network. The goal of the network is to enhance the student-learning environment by introducing students to innovative technology and by promoting creative thought leadership where technology and user experience collide. 

Intel Logo and Galileo Board

Intel has generously donated a variety of laptops, mobile devices, and Galileo development boards to the IDeATe network and is funding a Special Faculty position to collaborate with faculty and students to advance technology/arts-based collaborative learning.

In August 2014, IDeATe launched the ‘virtual cluster’; an initiative to give students across all eight concentrations access to cutting-edge hardware and software to support their creative collaborations. From the Hunt Library, students can check out a diverse array of computing devices and peripherals, enabling them to complete technology-intensive team-based projects and prototype inventions. The Intel donation and commitment to technology support is also advancing IDeATe’s research agenda in the area of Responsive Mobile Environments  [link to research area] and will be leveraged to transform the Hunt Facility into a living lab for next generation learning environments.

In addition, through the Intel Special Faculty position, several new courses in the areas of Responsive Mobile Environments and Physical Computing will be developed. These will be offered as cross-training studios for student-led exploration across design, arts and technology from Spring 2015.

This partnership will connect CMU students and faculty with Intel staff and individuals at other leading design schools for research projects and idea generation. CMU will focus on the development of new methods, tools and best practices for integrative design education, as well as exploring new modes of enhancing the quality-of-experience in interdisciplinary student-learning environments.

For more information

Contact Daragh Byrne, Intel Integrative Design Fellow,



Enlighted provides people-smart energy efficiency solutions for commercial environments, based on its innovative Enlighted sensor and analytics platform. The Enlighted system securely and anonymously collects and mines unique environmental, occupancy, and activity data to deliver advanced analytics that are used to improve lighting efficiency, productivity, and profitability enterprise-wide. The Enlighted platform can also be extended for use with other building management systems. Enlighted customers save up to 70% in energy costs while tuning individual workspaces for the comfort and efficiency of the people who work in them.


Enlighted lighting control solutions are used in more than 30 million square feet of commercial real estate for a large—and growing—number of organizations. Enlighted is funded by Draper, Fisher Jurvetson; Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; Intel Capital; Rockport Capital, DFC JAIC Venture Partners, EDBi and Electranova. It is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.


CMU-Autodesk Partnership in Reality Computing

An interdisciplinary team at CMU (spanning Computer Science and Robotics, Architecture and Computational Design and Civil Engineering) is partnering with Autodesk to advance research and education in reality computing.  The partnership is focusing on new tools and methodologies for helping groups of experts solve hard space planning and space design problems.  The group will combine innovative space scanning and sensing techniques with cutting edge data analysis, modeling and display techniques to capture and represent the “reality” of a space and its current and/or desired activities.   The resulting tools and methodologies will allow for the augmented reality exploration of the actual physical space/problem under consideration.  The partnership will also develop two studio based interdisciplinary courses for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. One course will focus on Reality Computing, and the other on Media for Urban Systems.  Many of the research and development activities of this partnership will also form components of the courses. The courses will start in the 2015-16 year.

Autodesk is supporting a new special faculty in Reality Computing at CMU who will coordinate the research activities of this partnership and deliver the courses.  Dr. Pyry Matikainen has been selected to fill the position. Autodesk personnel are also participating in the research and education activities of the group.   This structure allows the integration of CMU and Autodesk expertise in exploring reality computing and the overall investigation of integrative academia-industry models in research and education.

The CMU faculty leadership for the Reality Computing project includes:

  • Burcu Akinci, Professor of Civil Engineering
  • Jeremy Ficca, Associate Professor of Architecture
  • John Folan, Professor of Architecture
  • Daniel Huber, Senior Systems Scientist in Robotics - School of Computer Science
  • Yaser Sheikh, Research Professor of Robotics - School of Computer Science
  • Siddhartha Srinivasa, Associate Professor of Computer Science


More information on Autodesk activities in Reality Computing can be found at:

CMU is also partnering with Autodesk in a number of other activities including the exploration fusion360 software for the teaching of collaborative innovation studios in the Integrated Innovation Institute.

Funding for Faculty Support of IDeATe 

Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts supports IDeATe through the faculty appointment of Tom Corbett. Professor Corbett is an expert in the areas of game design and development and helps to connect the undergraduate population with the Entertainment Technology Center.


Disney supports IDeATe through the faculty appointments in the Robotics Institute and the School of Art for Jim McCann and Spencer Diaz. Professor McCann helps students to develop programming skills needed for game design while Professor Diaz introduces students to the craft of animation.

The Hillman Foundation

The Hillman Foundation supports IDeATe through the faculty appointments in the School of Art and the School of Music for Spencer Diaz and Jesse Stiles. Professor Stiles oversees the Sound Design area.

The Benedum Foundation and the Grable Foundation

The Benedum Foundation and the Grable Foundation support IDeATe through the faculty appointment in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute for Marti Louw. Professor Louw oversees the Learning Media area and is working to launch the Learning Media Design Center.

Support IDeATe!

If you are interested in supporting IDeATe, please visit Giving to CMU and select "IDeATe" under "Interdisciplinary Options" in the "Your Gift, Your Choice" section. Thank you for your support!