Morton Hall

Welcome to the eValuation and User Experience (VUE) Lab

Supporting UX initiatives on campus and in the broader Huntsville community

The VUE lab is a dedicated space for user experience (UX) research and thus can be used for learning, collaboration, design, and evaluation. It is open to UAH faculty/students and to community members. The lab also houses a small format device lab with devices available for testing in-house or externally.

The lab is available for reservation from Monday-Saturday from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Reservations for the VUE lab must be made five business days in advance utilizing the following options:

Approval is required.


Our Facility

Located in Morton Hall 228, the VUE lab houses two research spaces partitioned by a short wall. The lab space is flexible and can be used for different functions. For example, the large central room can be used for observations and recording of a small group and the smaller lab area used for one-on-one testing or remote observations. The lab also accommodates planning, initial project scoping, design, and digital prototyping and houses a small device lab.

The lab can be used to research (a) cognitive interactions (walkthroughs, card sorting, modeling, affinity diagramming etc), (b) behavioral interactions (paper prototyping, beta testing etc), and (c) emotional engagements (ethnography and limited biometric testing).

We use industry standard Morae software to observe and record user interactions.

There is video and audio equipment available for recording observations. Participants who require recording are encouraged to bring their own media to save their files.

Available Software Includes:
  • PyGaze Open Source Eye Tracking Analysis
  • Tableau
  • Office 2016 Pro
  • SPSS 23 and 24
  • STATA
  • Solid Edge
  • Balsamiq
  • Morae (recorder, observer, manager)
Small format device lab

Our small format device lab is currently under construction, but we will be accepting donations soon. Check back after Nov 1 or contact uxlab@uah.edu for more information.

Capacity
  • The one room facility can comfortably seat up to 4 observers, and a group of up to 3 testers on computers simultaneously.
  • Focus group space can facilitate 10 people comfortably
The VUE lab has the following equipment:
  • Three clients (clean) hardwired computers for testing
  • Three observation/analysis computers for monitoring using live video
  • Remote observations capable
  • Epson EX9200 Pro Wireless Projector and Screen
  • Zoom Q2n Video Recorders for observation
  • Williams Sound MIC 049 Omnidirectional Conference Microphone
  • GP3 Eyetracker
  • Wireless Internet access points
Reservations and Usage

Our lab is available for reservation by faculty and the local business community. You can run your own user experience or usability research or we can offer you support in the following ways:

  • Student assistance in running the equipment
  • Provide instructional guidance
  • Run your protocols

The cost is dependent on the level of dedicated support required. Reservations are available in 2, 4 or 8hr blocks. Contact us for more details.

The lab is available for reservation from Monday-Saturday from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Reservations for the VUE lab must be made five business days in advance utilizing the following options:

Approval is required.

  • Faculty and staff can reserve the lab for free.
  • Other interested parties need to contact the lab facilitator.
  • The lab is available for reservation for graduate classes.

About Us

The VUE lab was born out of the need to support our User Experience concentration. The lab permits research of all kinds. Here are some of the work that has been conducted in the lab by our students.

Faculty

Our team works together with researchers, partners and clients to create and implement innovative service, learning, and research projects

Important

For more information please contact the lab facilitator.