Using & Reserving LUTE

LUTE is an interdisciplinary facility funded by the UW Student Technology Fee and by collaborative research projects funded by companies and organizations. LUTE supports research projects led by UW faculty and students and provides training facilities for graduate and undergraduate students who are studying usability engineering and user interface design.Before using LUTE, everyone must take part in a brief training session/tour of LUTE and sign a lab door code agreement before gaining independent access to the lab.

UW Students:

Any student enrolled in at least one class at UW can use LUTE for student projects and pilot studies. Equipment for student usage is paid for by the University of Washington Student Technology Fee. Students who want to use LUTE for unfunded research (student projects, class projects, and pilot studies) should follow these procedures to reserve the LUTE or check out equipment.

UW Faculty, Staff, and Researchers:

Faculty at UW can include LUTE in their research or usability study plans. The laboratory and equipment are available for rental, and LUTE can provide or recommend research personnel and usability specialists for your project. For information about rental procedures, rental rates, and graduate research assistant pay rates please contact Students on funded research projects and wish to use LUTE facilities must seek approval from their supervisor to use their research budget to pay for LUTE rental fees. Human subjects approval requirements may apply to your project.

Project inquiries should be emailed to


If you are interested in using LUTE and would like more information, please contact Judy Ramey to discuss the feasibility of doing your study in LUTE.