The Rubin and Cindy Gruber Sandbox

The Wimberly Library is excited to be the home of The Rubin and Cindy Gruber Sandbox. Thanks to a $1 million gift to the University by the Grubers, library space will be transformed into a state-of-the-art artificial intelligence lab. A 3,400 square-foot space that was used for offices is being redeveloped in partnership with the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, and the Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics Lab (MPCR)

Construction began in June 2019 with an expected completion in the Spring of 2020.  Once opened, this library space will serve students from across FAU in their exploration of the fast advancing field of artificial intelligence.  

"The Rubin and Cindy Gruber Sandbox represents the jewel in the crown of our evolving vision of the modern academic library, an ongoing transformation of library spaces and services to meet the needs of today’s students" - Carol Hixson, Dean of the University Libraries.


In the News

January 2020

Parry, Wynne. "Taking the Lead in AI Revolution." Owl Research and Innovation.


Martel, Judy. "The Future is Now." Palm Beach Illustrated. August 20, 2019. 


Hixson, Carol. "Expanding the Vision of a Library." Dean's Musings. August 16, 2019.


Kooser, Amanda. "Astro the robot dog kinda sorta looks like a real dog." CNET. August 15, 2019. 


"FAU Receives $1 Million from Rubin and Cindy Gruber."  The Boca Raton Tribune. June 25, 2019.


Sylvestri, Brittany. "FAU Receives $1 Million from Rubin and Cindy Gruber."  Florida Atlantic University. June 25, 2019.


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