Humlab is located at the very center of Umeå University and has
provided an intellectual and technical milieu for work in the
humanities and information technology since 1999. The lab initially
consisted of a large space that had formally been an exam hall and
has since been extended with two adjacent facilities and a sound
studio. The lab space contains unique infrastructure, including an
eleven-screen landscape in space set up for research and
performance in an open plan setup with many meeting places, homey
corners, an aquarium and a plant wall. Users of HUMlab have round
the-clock access. Humlab is often host to cutting-edge seminars and
conferences on digital humanities, media theory and technology
Find out more about our at main campus venues:
The sound studio
H1 contains 15 powerful workstations with large screens, new
versions of graphics and layout software such as Photoshop and
Indesign, 3D programmes like Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max, game-making
software, professional software for handling maps and geographical
information systems, and advanced tools for handling qualitative
Users can borrow other equipment such as webcams when needed for
projects related in some way to Humlab. Workstations cannot be
booked by individual users. The first come, first served principle
is applied. If all of H1 is booked for lectures or other events,
however, users participating in events are given priority if they
need to use the workstations.
In H1 there are also some workstations with special equipment,
for example two large drawing screens. There are four
top-of-the-line Macintosh-based workstations for video editing,
complex graphics and 3D rendering.
The specialised workstation for image processing has a screen
calibrated for working with photographs. It also has a
flat-bed-scanner that accepts originals up to A3 size and a
negative scanner that can handle both slides and negatives.
The large display screen at H1 has an easy-to-use light, sound
and picture control system. A digital overhead projector
which can show both documents and other items is also connected to
the screen. H1 can be furnished to accommodate audiences of up to
The Humlab staff can often be found on a coffee break in the
sofa/aquarium corner at H1, especially on Thursday afternoons. If
you see us, drop by and say hi! It is absolutely fine if you just
want to turn up at Humlab for a coffee and a chat, to listen in on
presentations or just work on your laptop.
H2 is located next to H1 and has five workstations that are used
by researchers and Humlab staff. There is also a sofa and other
comfortable seating, whiteboards, and places for meetings, group
work and teaching.
H2 has a screenscape consisting of 10 screens arranged in a
circle (two 65" screens, one 70" touch screen and seven 52 "
screens), which can be used for presentations, artistic expression
and different kinds of scholarly exhibitions and installations. The
screens can be used as one cohesive surface, thereby allowing
material to be produced that can move dynamically between the
screens. There is also audio and interaction technology systems
associated with the screenscape.
The biggest screen in H2 is the rear projection 4K screen (which
is around 4000 pixels wide, this is why we call it the 4K). This is
often used for seminars and lectures. It is connected to a powerful
sound system and is handy for showing films, research materials or
H2 is often used for meetings or lectures, and has a light
ceiling with eight pixels!
H3 is the newest part of the lab on the main campus. H3 is
mainly used for international meetings and there are also
workplaces for researchers and visitors. H3 also has a green
couch, a large display wall connected to the Arts Campus, a staff
room and a games corner.
Humlab has a large-format printer at H3. Please contact our
staff if you need anything printed.
The Audio recording
The Audio recording studio is home to equipment for recording
songs, music, different sounds, etc. The equipment available
includes an electronic drumkit, a keyboard, an electric guitar and
more. We use Logic Pro as our digital audio workstation. The Audio
recording studio can only be used when booked in advance, and
Humlab regularly arranges courses on music and audio production.
Please contact Humlab staff if you need to use the studio.