Welcome

Welcome

The Neukom Digital Arts Leadership and Innovation (DALI) lab is a research and development lab in the computer science department at Dartmouth College.  We combine the latest design and technology practices to help non-profits, faculty, centers across campus and businesses communicate effectively.  The best and brightest Dartmouth students (undergraduate and graduate) work in small teams of designers, developers and project managers.  These teams work with partners to build technology tools that make complex ideas easy to understand, communicate data and research in meaningful ways, and use information systems to change behavior.  We use a mix of compelling visuals (still and animated), clean interface and interaction design, and innovative technology to build tools to help solve a wide range of real-world communication challenges. 

The Neukom DALI lab focuses on social justice and social entrepreneurship projects.  We also work on clever, fun projects that push the envelope of design and technology, if we believe it has a meaningful real-world application. We work with engineers and doctors to build communication systems and interfaces for new medical devices and non-profits to display large data sets effectively.  We are designing and creating a line of high end digital fashion and robots that can be used for urban planning.  

DALI provides a space and framework for increased interaction and collaboration in a multi-disciplinary arena.  The DALI lab process encourages team-based innovation and leadership.  

Students, staff and faculty in the DALI lab, are passionate about the opportunity to help solve real-world problems.  We enjoy working together with organizations and individuals who have an idea or vision, but need help creating the tools to make it a reality. 

Cores

Design

Design

We believe good design is the key to successfully communicating ideas in meaningful ways. Everybody at the lab is involved heavily in the design process.  Each project starts with several rounds of user-centered design processes (design thinking). We balance flexibility and iteration with a desire for high quality design that support the interactions and stories our partners want to tell.

Innovation

Innovation

Innovation arises from having the right people in the room, encouraging creativity in support of solutions to important questions and looking at each problem from many angles.  We begin by asking the right questions and thinking about the solution in a creative, multi-disciplinary, design-centered way.  Then we apply the strengths of being part of a world-class computer science department to create innovative solutions. 

Leadership

Leadership

Our team-based approach matches designers and developers and asks those with more experience to teach those with less. Everyone in the lab is encouraged to become leaders and mentors. Every lab member learns from others and everyone has a chance to teach and help others. We plant the seeds of leadership, offer support and watch students grow into leaders.

Collaboration

Collaboration

At a great college like Dartmouth, collaboration happens when you open the doors. With the support of the Neukom Institute, we stimulate collaboration between faculty, staff, students,  and local and global organizations.  We are silo-busters who love to work with others.  Join us!

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

Seed funding, resources, space, technical and business support are made available to students who want to explore creating a start-up. Social entrepreneurship projects are particularly encouraged.

Computation and Society

Computation and Society

As part of Neukom Institute’s ongoing mission to promote computational science, many of the projects bring computation to bear on problems ranging from energy visualization to mapping complex data.  The DALI Lab also has a specific focus on projects in social justice and supports individuals and organizations who are social and global positive change-makers.

DALI & You

For Organizations, Faculty and Potential Partners:

We encourage individuals and organizations with a need for some cool, visually exciting technology, to contact us. If you want to use the latest technology tools to get your social justice ideas across, share scholarship, change behavior or create new types of interaction, we'd like to hear about it. We know how to create results that add value to your work by designing and developing technology tools, web and mobile applications, maps and data visualizations and interfaces that motivate people through meaningful and creative communication.

We may be at or near capacity with current projects, but would be happy to discuss adding your work and having you join as a lab partner. Contact Us!

 

DALI & You

 

DALI & You

 

For Students:

We invite students from across campus with a keen desire to work hard and build/program/design work with real-world purpose, to apply for a position in the DALI lab. We currently work with dozens of students working on a variety of initiatives. You must be ready and able to work long and hard, complete projects, work in a team, feel energized, and contribute to positive change in the world.

We are looking for students with computer science, design, engineering, usability testing, videography, editing, animation, writing or marketing skills. If you have these, or want to learn them, come see us. If you'd like to work in a start-up like environment on campus, come see us. If you have an entrepreneurial idea, come see us!

Only students who know how to keep working until the work is complete, work well in teams, and are fearless in the pursuit of answers, need apply.

Getting Here

The DALI lab is currently located at 143 Sudikoff Hall with the gracious hosting of the Dartmouth Computer Science Department and the Neukom Institute. 

Sudikoff Lab, 9 Maynard Street,  Hanover, NH 03755