QoLT Affiliated Departments-Quality of Life Technology Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh

The Quality of Life Technology (QoLT) Center draws many people from multiple departments, schools and programs at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt). To help you better understand the breadth and depth of our collaboration, we've included descriptions in alphabetical order.

BioengineeringPittThe Department of Bioengineering at the School of Engineering combines hands-on experience with the solid fundamentals students need to advance themselves in research, medicine, and industry. The Department has a long-standing and unique relationship with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and other academic departments at the University of Pittsburgh as well as neighboring Carnegie Mellon University.
Computer Science DepartmentCMU
Carnegie Mellon is known worldwide for our broad vision of computer science. We act quickly to explore new directions. We are fearless in pushing the frontiers of our field. Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon is also distinctive for our research style, our educational programs, our success at diversity, our culture, and our organizational structure. It is the union of all these features, rather than any one of them, that truly distinguishes us.
Heinz SchoolCMUThe Heinz School of Public Policy and Management is a vibrant center for the study of urban and social issues that impact society. Founded in 1968 at a time when the problems of society burst into public view in the form of violent urban unrest, the school set as its purpose an aggressive effort to understand the causes of critical social problems and to train men and women through masters and doctoral programs to use new knowledge and technology to bring about positive change.
Human Computer Interaction InstituteCMUThe Human Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) is an interdisciplinary community of students and faculty at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). This community is dedicated to research and education in topics related to computer technology in support of human activity and society.
Institute for Complex Engineered SystemsCMUThe Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES) is a strategic initiative for pursuing multidisciplinary research on Complex Systems both within the College of Engineering and across colleges at Carnegie Mellon. ICES researchers seek "to develop enabling technologies and systems that seamlessly connect people with their physical and information environments.

Institute for Software Research International

CMUISRI creates innovative solutions to the problems of practical, large-scale, high-quality software-intensive systems for the new millennium. Our focus is on systems that exploit the growing infrastructure for high performance, nearly ubiquitous computing and communication, especially systems that the public depends on for services provided through the electronic marketplace.
Machine Learning Department

CMUMachine Learning is a scientific field addressing the question "How can we program systems to automatically learn and to improve with experience"; We study learning from many kinds of experience, for example, learning to predict which medical patients will respond to which treatments, by analyzing experience captured in databases of online medical records.


The Department of Neurobiology has grown significantly over the past five years. The department currently has 19 tenure stream and 6 non-tenure stream faculty with substantial research strengths in neural development, circuit function, computation, cellular communication through receptors, channels and synapses and neurological and psychiatric diseases.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

PittThe Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with limited mobility and physical disabilities. Our physicians and scientists are involved in the latest research in the areas of traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, diseases and disorders of the musculoskeletal and peripheral nervous systems, and many other conditions that affect function and mobility. Research consists of lab and clinical investigations of initiatives such as neuroprosthetics, neuroimaging, gene therapy and assistive technology. The department is committed to providing quality patient care, innovative teaching and state of the art research.

CMUThe Psychology Department at Carnegie Mellon has long been considered a pioneer in such areas as cognitive psychology, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence. Today its programs feature not only those fields, but social/personality psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and health psychology as well.
Robotics Institute

CMUThe Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University was established in 1979 to conduct basic and applied research in robotics technologies relevant to industrial and societal tasks. Seeking to combine the practical and the theoretical, the Robotics Institute has diversified its efforts and approaches to robotics science while retaining its original goal of realizing the potential of the robotics field.
School of Design

CMUAt Carnegie Mellon University's School of Design, we believe in learning by doing. We believe in a human-centered design process and in the value design brings to a range of human problems. We are training professionals who will leave a cross-disciplinary, collaborative university environment prepared to provide innovative solutions for real-world problems.
School of Health and Rehabilitation SciencesPittImagine designing the next generation of the wheelchair. Or adapting a bicycle so it can be ridden by someone with one leg. Or counseling a person with a disability to better understand his challenges and help find new solutions. That's a career in rehabilitation science and technology.
School of Nursing

PittThe School of Nursing, as an integral part of the University of Pittsburgh, subscribes to the University's commitment to teaching, research and service. Through these major functions, the School strives to have a positive impact on the quality of health care for all people.
Social and Decision Sciences

CMUThe multidisciplinary character of the department provides a unique opportunity for innovative research. Research areas of particular strength within the department include: behavioral decision theory, experimental political science and economics, social network theory, evolutionary and biological theories applied to economics and political science, organization ecology, political psychology, and bureaucratic politics.