Carnegie Mellon University

The INI building at 4616 Henry Street in Pittsburgh is a vibrant home for students, staff and faculty. Our space aligns with the INI's values of innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Dena in the DEC

Distributed Education Centers (DEC)

Equipped with the latest video-conferencing technologies, the classrooms connect the students and faculty in Pittsburgh to their counterparts in Japan and Silicon Valley.

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DEC@Henry

View of DEC Henry in the rear

Seat Count: 54

INI Building: 4616 Henry St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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Technology Features

Reserve DEC@Henry

DEC@CIC

View of CIC

Seat Count: 94

Collaborative Innovation Center (CIC): 4720 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Room #1201)
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Technology Features

Reserve Dec@CIC

This classroom accommodates up to 54 in a flat-classroom style configuration.

  • Classroom style seating for 54 with two wheelchair-accessible audience locations
  • Wireless network connectivity (non-CMU guest network access by reservation in advance)
  • In-desk power at all seating locations

Reserve DEC@Henry

State-of-the-art presentation technology

Forward, high resolution laser projection on a 120” screen with image multiplexing
2 rear-wall 1x3 monitor arrays for confidence and panoramic remote view
Interactive electronic whiteboard with networked computer
Amplified presenter, display source and student audio
Desktop microphones for multi-site student interaction
Dedicated DVD and CD playback from podium
Networked computer at podium
HDMI and VGA BYOD laptop display connections
Panoramic camera technology

Video teleconferencing (VTC)

Polycom RPG 700 Codec
Crestron-controlled multi-camera production facility ‘front-end’
3 HD pan/tilt cameras, 2 front, 1 rear
Ability to integrate audio/video from desktop conferencing applications such as Skype, Webex and Adobe Connect

Instructional asset capture and archive

Mediasite asset recording, streaming, hosting and archive

A technician is required when using all but the basic display technologies. View rates and scheduling.

Visitor parking on Henry Street is limited. We recommend parking in the South Dithridge Street garage.

Classroom style seating for 94 with two wheelchair-accessible audience locations

  • Wireless network connectivity (non-CMU guest network access by reservation in advance)
  • In-desk power at all seating locations

Reserve DEC@CIC

State-of-the-art presentation technology

162 inch, Direct LED primary display surface with 1.2mm pitch, 2880x1620 native resolution
Dual 80” rear confidence displays
Interactive electronic whiteboard with networked computer
Amplified presenter, display source and student audio
Desktop microphones for multi-site student interaction
Dedicated DVD and CD playback from podium
Networked computer at podium
HDMI and VGA BYOD laptop display connections
Digital document camera

Video Teleconferencing (VTC)

Cisco Telepresence C60 Codec
1080p HD H.323/SIP up to 6 Mbps point-to-point, 10 Mbps total MultiSite bandwidth
H.261, H.263, H.263+, and H.264
Crestron-controlled multi-camera production facility ‘front-end’ with custom ‘any source/any destination’ video/audio routing control
4 HD pan/tilt cameras, 2 front, 2 rear
Ability to integrate audio/video from desktop conferencing applications such as Skype, Webex and Adobe Connect

Instructional asset capture and archive

Mediasite asset recording, streaming, hosting and archive
External system ‘program’ feed for outboard streaming or recording applications

A technician is required when using all but the basic display technologies. View rates and scheduling.

The INI relies on the integrity and careful judgment of Carnegie Mellon students, faculty and staff, as well as outside affiliates, to use and care for the reserved spaces appropriately. The INI reserves the right to change, alter or cancel a room reservation at its discretion with advanced notice. Information on rates, scheduling and rules are provided below.

Pricing

For general event use of the DEC:

  • $100 reservation fee (non-refundable)
  • $50/hour technician support (required when using teleconferencing or recording technologies)

For recurring academic course events (for a semester):

  • Room use only (limited technical support) = $1,500/full semester or $750/mini
  • Video/audio teleconferencing or other recurring multi-site connection (full technical support) = $3,000/semester or $1,500/mini

You also have these options:

  • Video recording (instructional asset capture) of event/class (Mediasite) = $50/hour
  • Web streaming (Mediasite) $50/hour

Note: A technician must be present to coordinate technical aspects of events involving video/audio conferencing, recording, streaming or central integration of participants via desktop conferencing.

How to Reserve a DEC

1. View public calendars for the DEC@CIC and the DEC@Henry for open time slots.

The INI has made its DEC schedules public for the convenience of planning campus events.

2. Submit online request form.

All requests for the use of a DEC are processed through an online form. A submission of the form does not guarantee your reservation. The requests are processed in the order they are received. The INI cannot guarantee a response to any requests made less than 48 hours in advance.

Schedule sufficient time before and after your event to allow for setup, participant entrance/egress and break down.

Each request must include a contact person who will be responsible for the event.

3. A non-refundable reservation fee is required. View Rates

4. The contact person will receive a confirmation email after your request is verified by an INI staff member.

Rules

Once your DEC reservation is confirmed via email from an INI staff member, here are some important rules you will need to know:

  • Room reservations are tentatively accepted one semester in advance. Requests for a DEC reservation further in advance than the following academic semester cannot be addressed due to course scheduling priorities.
  • Food in the DECs is prohibited unless pre-arranged and pre-approved.
  • Notify the DEC specialist if any technology is not working properly.
  • Return chairs, tables, microphones and other equipment to their original location in the room.
  • The INI is not responsible for any data saved on the computers in the DECs. The DEC computers are wiped clean of data each night.
  • Guests are not permitted in the back control rooms.
  • The INI cannot guarantee requests from outside affiliates for events that begin after 5:00 p.m. due to building accessibility. We will do our best to accommodate such a request.
  • If an event ends after 5:00 p.m., individuals must make sure the DEC is locked after use. You may be held responsible for any destruction of property that may occur if a door is left open after business hours.
  • If you need to cancel your event, send a reply to the confirmation email that states "Cancel this reservation." If you need to change the time or date of an event, please submit a new reservation request and make a note of the change in the Special Needs section of the form.