Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) – Semaphore
Room 7023A, Robarts Building, 7th Floor 
Faculty of Information, iSchool
University of Toronto
140 St. George Street, Room 713
Toronto ON M5S 3G6


Telephone: 416-978-KMDI (5634)

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KMDI-Semaphore has different office and space locations. You can find more information about each space below:

  • Demo Room – Room BL417 (4th floor) Inforum, Bissell Building.

    Located in the Inforum, it is a large windowed space with wired tables, whiteboards, a projector and a large flatscreen used by the KMDI-Semaphore community for research-related activities, training, and associated events. When not in use, the room is often made available to students and faculty as a dedicated research and writing space. 

  • Makerspace –  Room BL307 (3rd floor), Bissell Building.

    The KMDI-Semaphore Makerspace provides faculty and students from across the Tri-Campus with a creative place to explore different technologies, through drop-in hours and workshops that engage with various forms of making. The Makerspace contains Arduino boards, Raspberry Pis, MakeyMakeys, 3D printers, embroidery and knitting machines, soldering irons, adaptive gaming controllers, and more.

  • Research Cluster – Room 7020 (7th floor), Robarts Library, 130 St.
    George Street.

    The Research Cluster is home to the Critical Making Lab, the Critical Games Lab, the Technoscience Research Unit, and the Sensory Information Processing Lab. Also found in this space are the offices of KMDI-Semaphore Director Prof. Sara Grimes, Critical Making Lab head Prof. Matt Ratto, and the Sensory Information Processing Lab’s Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Michelle Liu, along with the workstations of (some) of the PhD students working with KMDI-Semaphore faculty.

  • Virtual Reality (VR) Studio – Room BL328 (3rd floor), Bissell Building.

    The VR Studio is used for conducting research on or with VR technologies, primarily HTC Vive headsets, controllers, base stations along with a small collection of VR software such as games and other applications. Please note: It is currently in use for a study run by the Sensory Information Processing Lab.

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