Campuses:    Twin Cities    Crookston    Duluth    Morris    Rochester

University of Minnesota MyU OneStop

 

Home

 

About CATSS

News & Events

Resources

MSP Lab

Projects

Outreach

Opportunities

 

Intranet

 

 

CATSS Logo

MSP Lab

 

 

MSP Lab

Equipment Wiki

Scheduling

 

Requesting Use of the MSP Lab

The Multi-Sensory Perception Laboratory is intended for research groups associated with the University of Minnesota conducting IRB-approved research. Due to funding from the MSP Lab's startup grant, use of the lab is currently free. Please submit a New User Application if you would like to use the facility. Once approved, scheduling of the lab is handled using x500 access to shared Google-Apps calendars. Contact Andrew Byrne (byrn0050@umn.edu) for more information about the MSP Lab and its resources, or to request access to either the lab or the booking calendars.

For most researchers, access to the MSP Lab can be granted shortly after they have been given a brief orientation to the lab's equipment and policies. For undergraduate students, keycard access is generally given only after sufficient supervised training in the MSP has occurred, and provided that there is a reasonable justification for the student to have after-hours or solo access to the lab. (Download the undergraduate access request form.)

New User Application Form

Usage Guide for the MSP Lab Space and Equipment

S22 PhotoThank you for your interest in the Multi-Sensory Perception Lab, a multi-user research space located in S22/S27 Elliott Hall. This document provides general guidelines for courteous and efficient usage of the lab space.

Zero-State of the Lab Space

Users are expected to restore the lab space to its original condition after each session, removing any equipment that may have been brought into the space and returning any that was taken out. Since this is a multi-user space, each MSP user may not know how to properly handle or care for the equipment that others are using. Returning the space to a zero state after each user session helps ensure that no equipment is accidentally mishandled and that users can rely on certain equipment settings. Zero-state specifications for certain lab equipment are available in the lab's wiki pages, along with technical guides.

Scheduling Policies

General Guidelines:

  • When adding sessions on the MSP's shared Google calendar, please name the event with your MSP Project ID first, followed by any other additional information you'd like (e.g., "MSP-001: EEG Training"). Since the calendar is currently viewable to anyone on our website, do not include subject names in your event description.
  • Booked sessions must include sufficient time for set up and clean up, in addition to the actual running of the experiment. If you are unsure of how long a session may take, it is recommended that you book more time than necessary in order to avoid disrupting a session that may be booked immediately following yours.
  • Scheduling of the lab is first-come first-served; however, experiment building/piloting should be booked within the upcoming two weeks as much as possible to allow for subject scheduling to be done farther out on the calendar.
  • Be mindful or your booked sessions and remove them from the calendar as soon as possible if unable to attend.
  • Please direct all questions regarding the scheduling of other groups to the MSP Coordinator, Andrew Byrne (byrn0050@umn.edu). To avoid confusion, please avoid contacting the individual groups directly.

Scheduling Quotas:

  • Each research group (faculty PI) is limited to 20 hours on a given week (measured from Sunday to Saturday), both booths combined.
  • When scheduling more than two weeks in advance, each group is limited to 12 hours per week during the lab's peak hours (8am-6pm, Mon-Fri).

Scheduling of Research Participants:

  • Prior to the scheduling of participants for new projects (or for substantial changes to existing projects), a rough estimate and timeline of scheduling must be provided to the MSP Coordinator. (This information is not required for experiment building/piloting, but is encouraged.) Projects with time-sensitive scheduling or other special considerations should provide as much advance notice as possible to ensure availability of the lab. (Download the "Subject Scheduling Timeline" form.)
  • The calendar beyond two weeks from the present date should be reserved for the scheduling of confirmed subjects. i.e., Please avoid blocking off time with the expectation that non-specific subjects could be run.
  • Please try not to book only morning or only afternoon sessions. If a group books up all afternoons, it can severely limit other groups' scheduling options when a particular subject only has afternoons available.

Backups & Subject Privacy

The MSP Lab's computers will occasionally have complete system images saved; however, this is not meant for backing up the experiments and data of individual groups. Users of the MSP Lab are responsible for backing up their own files offsite.

It is essential that all data generated at the MSP Lab must be de-identified. At no time can personal identifiers, such as name, date of birth, or address, be stored with the data files. (Visit the Institutional Review Board website for more information.)

Role of Lab Staff

Staff of the MSP Lab are familiar with the operation and general capabilities of the equipment and are able to assist you in familiarizing yourself with proper care and operation; however, lab staff may not be able to provide you with detailed insight into experimental design or complex usage of equipment and software specific to your research.

Contact

Please contact Andrew Byrne (byrn0050@umn.edu) for more information about the MSP Lab and its resources, for assistance with equipment operation, or to request access to either the lab or the booking calendar.

 

EMAIL:  catss@umn.edu
PHONE:  612-624-7846

Twitter TWITTER:  UMN_CATSS

S39 Elliott Hall
75 East River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN
 

© 2016 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Twin Cities Campus:    Parking & Transportation    Maps & Directions
Directories    Contact U of M    Privacy