Distributed Education Centers (DEC)

DEC@HenryThe INI houses two distributed education centers (DEC) on the Carnegie Mellon campus. The DECs are interactive classrooms where students and faculty in Pittsburgh can connect with their counterparts in Silicon Valley and internationally. The facilities support the growth of the INI programs that require classes to be conducted in real-time at multiple locations: Pittsburgh, Silicon Valley and any one of the INI's international partners, which to date have included leading educational institutions in Greece, Japan and Portugal.

The INI Distributed Education Center in the Robert Mehrabian Collaborative Innovation Center (DEC@CIC) is located on Forbes Avenue. The INI Distributed Education Center on Henry Street (DEC@Henry) is located on the lower level of the INI building.

Both facilities are equipped with a combination of traditional and emerging video teleconferencing technologies to promote the highest possible degree of interaction between students and faculty at all participating sites. This virtual classroom environment allows all participants equal opportunity for participation and interaction in a shared virtual instructional environment, even though they may be thousands of miles apart.

Directions and Parking



Distributed Education Center
at the Robert Mehrabian Collaborative Innovation Center
4720 Forbes Ave
Room #1201
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

A parking garage is located in the building.

Map to DEC@CIC



Distributed Education Center
on Henry Street
INI Building
4616 Henry St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The INI is located in Oakland on Henry Street, off South Craig Street. The office can be reached from Forbes Avenue or Fifth Avenue. Both Forbes and Fifth run the length of Oakland.

Please note that visitor parking on Henry Street is limited and is intended for individuals making short visits to the office. To the west of South Craig is the South Dithridge Street garage. If you are driving, you should use this facility to park.

Map to DEC@Henry

DEC Reservations

Step 1: Please review the Room Reservation Guidelines

Step 2: Check the DEC@Henry or DEC@CIC calendars
Please do not submit a request without checking the availability of the room first.

Step 3: Fill out the request form and submit. By submitting the form, you agree to the INI Terms and Conditions of the rooms use.  Note: the reservation is not booked until you receive an acknowledgment via email.

Available facilities:


This classroom accommodates up to 94 in a flat-classroom style configuration.
DEC@CIC Features


This classroom accommodates up to 54 in a flat-classroom style configuration. NOTE: Non-INI affiliates who don't have an INI building access key can't host an event that begins after 5 p.m.
DEC@Henry Features


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