Carnegie Mellon University

Lab Spaces and Scheduling

CBDR maintains a variety of lab spaces on and off CMU's campus, including:

  • Lab spaces at 300 S Craig Street (rooms 161 and 171)
  • The Social and Decision Sciences Lab in Porter Hall 217
  • The Tepper Quad Behavioral Lab on the ground floor of the Tepper Quad
  • The Data Truck, our mobile lab facility

All lab spaces may be reserved and used by affiliates of the center. Please find the scheduling information, usage policies, and descriptions of the labs below.

Lab Scheduling

At this time, all CBDR labs are booked using shared Google Calendars. To gain access to the calendars, email the lab manager with your Google email address (Andrew email addresses unfortunately cannot be used to book on these calendars). Once you have access, please read any additional reservation policies that are posted as an appointment each week on Sunday.

CBDR lab spaces are shared spaces, so please only reserve times when you plan to physically be in the lab for preparation, running participants, and/or cleanup. Everyone with access to the calendar is able to create and delete events, and it is expected that researchers will only edit their own events. The Center and lab manager maintain the right to restrict scheduling if researchers are found monopolizing labs or editing others' reservations.

When you reserve lab space on a shared CBDR Google calendar, first, make sure you are viewing the correct calendar! For the event, please include:

  1. In the event title, the name of the researcher and the name of the project/study (used on internal reporting)
  2. In the event description, include the name, email address, and phone number of the researcher who may be contacted about the reservation 
  3. The dates and hours during which you need the lab to be reserved for your use, including time to set up and clean up. (Please do not use "all-day" events.)

Storing Materials in the Labs

Researchers are permitted to store a limited amount of experimental supplies and documents in the labs, provided it is clearly labeled with the experimenter's name and contact information, as well as a date by which it will be removed from the lab. Without these labels, anything left in the lab may be disposed of at any time without notice.

When you are finished running your study, please remove all supplies, documents, and compensation from the labs. Please do not plan to leave anything (e.g., signed informed consent forms) in the lab spaces with explicit permission from the lab manager. 

300 S Craig St, Room 161


300 S Craig St, Room 161 is a large, flexible lab space with 4 cubicles, a reception desk, and 10 work tables with removable dividers. Laptops can also be brought to the lab to be used in studies (please see the tab "Inventory of Resources" below for more information about reserving computing equipment).

Craig 161 is a good space for computer-run studies, especially those requiring communication between participants, larger group studies, and consumption studies. Its location facilitates participant recruitment of the general public. The door is accessed with CBDR-programmed Andrew ID card swipe.


Approximately 25' x 32'; 800 square feet


  • 10 tables with removable dividers, which can be arranged to facilitate individual studies, partner studies, and group studies
  • Reception Desk
  • Large waiting area with seating for four just outside of the room

Floor Plan


300 S Craig St, Room 171


300 S Craig St, Room 171 is a medium-sized lab with 7 cubicles, a research assistant desk and a work desk. It is great for computer-run studies or consumption studies. Its location facilitates recruitment of the general public for participants. Door is accessed with CBDR-programmed Andrew ID card swipe.


Approximately 17’ × 29’; 317 square feet; (also has office, 88 sq. ft. and storage closet, 110 sq. ft.)


  • 8 cubicle workstations
  • Noise-reducing headphones
  • Research assistant office
  • Reception desk
  • Large storage room with refrigerator and sink
  • Waiting area with seating for 6 just outside of the lab

Floor Plan


Porter Hall 217


The Porter Hall lab is located on the second floor of Porter Hall, adjacent to the Social and Decision Science offices. This flexible lab space contains 10 tables and 20 chairs, all capable of nesting and are on wheels for easy relocation. Easily adjustable privacy dividers for the tables can separate seating into 20 private workstations

The lab space is accessed by CBDR-programmed Andrew ID tap.


  • 10 nesting tables and 20 nesting chairs, all on wheels
  • Reception/research assistant desk with desktop PC
  • 8 dedicated laptops with monitors, mice, and keyboards to create workstations
  • Mini-refrigerator
  • Wall mounted whiteboard 

Tepper Quad Behavioral Lab


The Tepper Quad Behavioral Lab is located on the ground floor of the Tepper Quad. The lab consists of a lobby area, 14 testing rooms, and control room. Each of the rooms in the lab are equipped with a ceiling-mounted camera capable of audio and visual recordings accessed through the control room. Six of the testing rooms feature a large monitor, also controlled from the control room.

The lobby area features a large monitor capable of displaying schedules, reminders, and participant instructions. Please note: this lab does not feature computers; please consider another lab for computer-based studies, or arrange to borrow laptops by emailing

Rooms and Equipment

  • Lobby with reception desk, large display, waiting area seating for 4
  • Room A, G, H, I, J: 4 chairs, medium round table, Large display
  • Room B, C, D, E, K, M: 2 chairs, small round table
  • Room K: 2 chairs, medium rectangle table
  • Room N: currently closed
  • Control room

The Data Truck



The Data Truck is CBDR’s most unique lab space. A mobile lab, it can be brought to target populations or events and is excellent for recruiting participants from the general public. It is a small, but efficient lab with 10 small cubicles, 8 laptops, a research assistant desk and a work table. It is good for computer-run studies, consumption studies, and studies on target demographics. Door is accessed with a physical key. It is exclusively driven by a specially licensed driver.


  • Outside: Height, 13'; Length, 36'
  • Inside: Approximately 8' x 25'; 200 square feet


  • 8 laptops running Windows XP
  • 8 small cubicle workstations
  • Noise reducing headphones
  • 4G unlimited data mobile Internet
  • 1 work table
  • Reception/Research assistant desk

Floor Plan


Reserving the Data Truck

Data Truck reservations are facilitated on a shared Google Calendar. To gain access to this calendar please email the lab manager.

If you would like to use the data truck and the dates are free, get in touch with the lab manager to schedule a tentative date and location approximately two weeks in advance of when you need to use the truck. The lab manager will need to coordinate with the truck's driver to confirm availability and the Public Parking Authority of Pittsburgh to obtain parking variances. The lab manager will additionally set up a time to meet to give you a key for the truck. If you are a first time user of the truck, the lab manager will set up a time with you and your researchers for training on the truck’s protocol.

Data Truck Polices

Be mindful of all participants on the truck. If it appears that you have more participants lined up than you and the other experimenters can supervise, advise participants to return in an amount of time when you will be finished working with your current participants.

Undergraduate research assistants and interns should not be on the truck alone for more than two hours at a time. The researcher should stop by the truck at least every two hours to check in. If the researcher is unable to stop by, they should request that the lab manager stop by in their place. The researcher is additionally responsible for ensuring that all RAs have their phone number.

Experimenters are responsible for bringing a reward for participants. Please follow the compensation guidelines in the “Compensating Participants” section on this page. Additionally, you may compensate with snack or non-alcoholic, unpressurized beverages (e.g. no carbonated sodas). However, you may not store food or drink on the truck between uses. When you are done running participants for the day, all food and drink must be taken with you. Pressurized and carbonated beverages, even for your own consumption, are not allowed on the truck at any time.

A dry-erase board is available on the truck for advertising on the street. Please bring your own paper towels and dry erase markers only. Do not use any other kind of pen or marker on the sign.

Trash bags, disinfecting hand wipes, and cleaners are available in the truck storage compartment for your use. Please leave the truck clean and ready for the next researchers. Remove all trash (including from the trash cans) when you are done running. Encourage participants to take their trash with them rather than discarding it on the truck. 

For any other questions, please consult the manual inside the truck. A copy of the manual can be sent via email upon request.