Areas of Study


Motion Light Lab (“ML2”) is an award-winning research and development lab at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. We are a part of the Visual Language and Visual Learning Center (VL2). We engage in a wide range of research-driven projects, creative R&D, including the development and distribution of bilingual storybook apps, the provision of training to support literacy development for deaf children, and the creation of advanced 3D avatars with sign language through motion capture technology. Our efforts intersect creative literature and digital technology that integrate with VL2 science to create new knowledge, and benefit society.

Find us on the first floor of the Sorenson Language and Communication Center building at Gallaudet University. We offer students rich opportunities for training in computational and digital media innovation, and we regularly look for volunteers for research studies.

Motion Light Lab

ML2 Training

We are seeking partnerships with Deaf schools and Deaf programs to create Deaf-centered storybook apps.

Learn more about the work we do here.


Motion Light Lab Donate
Please join us in donating to the Motion Light Lab Fund. Every dollar helps us a bunch!

Meet the Team


Melissa Malzkuhn

Director, Motion Light Lab


Lorna Quandt

Associate Professor/Science Director ML2/PhD PEN

Conrad Baer

Content Project Specialist

Jason Lamberton

Interactive Engineer

Jianye Wang

Associate 3D Animator

Yiqiao Wang

Creative Designer

Tayla Newman

Program Specialist

Sarah Miller

Social Strategist & Community Engagement


Other FAQs

As of right now, the storybooks are compatible with only iPads.

The apps will be viewable if you search for them using an iPad

Unfortunately, no. You will have to subscribe to our social media platforms to stay up to date on new storybook apps and download them manually once they are released.

We wish! As of right now, they have to be purchased and downloaded individually.

Contact Us

Motion Light Lab (ML2)

Melissa Malzkuhn

SLCC 1103

(202) 651-5085

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