The SensorLab, funded by the University of Arizona Strategic Plan, is a Health Sciences initiative bringing students, faculty, industry and community partners together to advance novel human-centered hardware and software sensor systems.  These systems detect, monitor, analyze and provide real-time feedback relating to human physiology and behavior. The mission is to create an engaging and inspirational environment with access to equipment and expertise that encourages creativity and innovation.

The SensorLab connects researchers across disciplines, within health sciences and beyond, to develop an array of technologies and digital solutions with health applications (e.g., AI, VR, mobile apps). The SensorLab is outfitted with flexible wearable sensors, environmental monitoring, 360 video and audio recording, XR, coupled with analytical tools and multi-modal feedback capabilities.  These include gold-standard state-of-the-art sensor systems and development platforms to push forward the next generation of sensor-based investigation and discovery.

Our services include two main categories: (1) Equipment/sensor loaning (sensor and related equipment for shared use) and (2) Dedicated Space/Rooms (space configured and prepared for research using a variety of sensors).

Depending on users' requirements and needs, the level of involvement with the SensorLab ranges from loaning of sensor hardware to a involvement in the design, proposal and the development of sensor-based research.

We have a pool of shared sensors and associated equipment for research. We can:

  • provide support related to data, sensor technology, and use cases,

  • test novel sensors and technologies,

  • provide collections of pilot and preliminary data,

  • support data integration, storage, and streaming, and

  • serve as a connection hub between University of Arizona researchers and inventors to test new sensors and initiate the development of custom technologies.

The Sensor Lab has 2 rooms that can be reserved for conducting studies. The rooms have reconfigurable layouts and can be prepared with any equipment required by the users.

  • Room sizes (239 sqft – 14’ x 17’/  186 sqft – 11’ x 17’) 

  • Audio/Video/Sensor Recording Capabilities:

    • Positional Microphone systems/Lavalier mics (to be used for Natural Language Processing, Recording, Two-way Communication)

    • 360 - room recording in 4k / with recording and streaming capabilities

    • Environmental data (noise level, temperature, CO2, etc.)

  • Gold Standard measurement devices to be used in validation studies of new sensors and/or conduction of research on-site (BIOPAC) 

It is possible to reserve and borrow sensors/equipment for usage outside of the Sensor Lab:

  • Sensors are available as self-contained kits

  • Items can be checked out using QReserve

  • Equipment can be borrowed with flexible and variable terms

  • Ideal for studies conducted in other sites and/or experimentation of technologies and specific devices

To find more about equipment lending, please go to the Equipment Lending page!

Our booking service allows users to reserve rooms for specific times, dates, and configurations.

For example, users can schedule rooms in the respective system and request specific information  “Room 3141D1, outfitted with a treadmill, four heart rate sensors and four galvanic skin response devices for Thursday, 21st from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm..”

For more information about space reservations, please go to the Space Reservations page!

There are no costs for using the Sensor Lab space, borrowing equipment, or engaging in sensor-based consultation. The Sensor Lab is part of  Strategic Initiative - UAHS 5.1 Technology Solutions for Heath (5.1C “Center for Advanced Technologies for Health).

There are many ways to collaborate with Sensor Lab. For students the main way to collaborate is to join the VERTICALLY INTEGRATED PROJECTS led by Dr. Win Burleson UArizona Holodeck: Health, Wellbeing, and Design Thinking | Vertically Integrated Projects

For researchers and inventors, please get in contact with the Sensor Lab for grant proposals, new sensor development and testing, and for using the Sensor Lab resources in your research.