The Center for Human-Computer Interaction is an interdisciplinary research center jointly sponsored by the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology; and the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science at Virginia Tech.


Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is a multi-disciplinary enterprise, drawing from the human sciences, computational sciences and engineering, and information technologies. The Center for HCI (CHCI) at Virginia Tech is a university-wide research center that addresses both the facilitation and the foundational understanding of human interaction with and through technology. The CHCI excels in cross-disciplinary research on interactive computing that extends into the everyday life of individuals, groups, and societies. The CHCI fosters research excellence through funding programs, shared resources, and forums for idea exchange.

The Center for Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech celebrated its 20th anniversary on 15-16 October 2015. The event was a huge success with attendance from a variety of industry and academia-affiliated alumni, current students, as well as former and current faculty members. You can watch the Plenary Panel discussion, which opened the event, on our youtube channel. You can also get more information about the event on the dedicated web page.

Research Thrusts

Human Computer Interaction (HCI), the overarching research area of the CHCI, is is a broad and diverse domain. Although the work of the affiliated faculty is equally broad and diverse, we have identified two key research thrusts that represent specific sub-areas of HCI for which the Center can obtain or maintain a world-class standing. The research thrust areas are:

Research Highlight

Kurt Luther received NSF CAREER award for expert-led crowdsourcing research


Assistant professor of computer science and CHCI member Kurt Luther has been recognized by the National Science Foundation with a Faculty Early Career Development Award to study and improve the capabilities of crowdsourced investigations. Luther will use an innovative expert-led crowdsourcing approach to collect data using a platform called CrowdSleuth. The software will assist collaboration between crowds and experts, such as journalists, historians, and law enforcement, as they attempt to discover new information and verify details of investigations. More information can be found on this VT News article.

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Recent News

CHCI welcomes new member Brook Kennedy


Brook Kennedy is an Associate Professor in the Industrial Design program with a career spanning 15 years in Industrial, Interaction and Communication design consulting. He received a BA in Art from Reed College in Portla ...

Congratulations to Ayat Mohammed on successful PhD defense


Congratulations to Ayat Mohammed on the successful defense of her Ph.D. dissertation entitled "High-dimensional Data in Scientific Visualization: Representation, Fusion, and Difference". Her advisor is Nicholas Polys. Ay ...

Congratulations to Mohammed Seyam on successful PhD defense


Congratulations to Mohammed Seyam on the successful defense of his Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Multifaceted Approach for Teaching Mobile Software Development: Class Experiences With Lectures, Tutorials, and Pair Program ...

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Recent CHCI Seminar

Resurrecting the Gigapixel Display: can embodied cognition be small?

2017-04-21 at 08:30:00 in ICAT Learning Studio, 253 Moss Arts Center

Presenter: Prof. Anthony Cate

Abstract: One of the benefits of moving around a large, interactive display is that users gain kinesthetic cues that can enhance memory for the spatial location of items. Recently my lab has investigated how items' large physical size alone can alter perceptual and cognitive processes independently from the motor actions that they afford. I will describe our efforts to distinguish the roles of locomotion, embodiment, and physical scale on declarative memory. The pursuit of these goals, as well as a fond nostalgia, led us to recreate the original (now-dismantled) Gigapixel Display in a desktop virtual environment. Using VR to reproduce the sense of presence associated specifically with a large display poses a big question: can you take the sense of size out of the sense of presence?

Bio: Anthony Cate is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Virginia Tech. He received Psychology degrees from Yale University (B.A.) and Carnegie Mellon University (Ph.D.), where he studied Cognitive Neuroscience through the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition. Before joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, he trained as a postdoc in the Group for Action and Perception at the University of Western Ontario, and in the Human Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory at the Veterans Affairs Northern California Medical Center in Martinez, CA.

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Fluid 960 Grid System, created by Stephen Bau, based on the 960 Grid System by Nathan Smith. Released under the GPL / MIT Licenses.