The SMARTlab has three distinct threads of activity:

1. A practice-based PhD programme, MA programme and research centre for designers, artists and technologists working in artistic domains, who have long encountered difficulties in placing their work in relation to the academy: in finding appropriate ways to ‘measure’ artistic practice in ‘research exercises’; in identifying appropriately flexible and experimental forms for artistic research processes and outcomes; and in competing for academic funding.

2. A suite of community engagement and creative industries projects around e-inclusion and design for ability, assistive technology, IT for women and girls, and educational inclusivity.

3. A knowledge transfer centre and sensory studio that operates as a space where local communities can join forces with UCD academics, artists, technologists and game designers to make and test games and interactive tools.

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