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

CHCI research presented at IDC 2016 in Manchester, UK


CHCI research by PhD student Panagiotis Apostolellis and Professor Doug Bowman was presented at the 15th international ACM SIGCHI conference on Interaction Design and Children in Manchester, UK (21-24 June 2016). Panagiotis' research investigates effective ways of involving young audiences with digital games and virtual environments during group visits in informal learning contexts, such as museums and science centers. This work, which is part of his doctoral dissertation, was featured during the conference dinner inside the Imperial War Museum of Manchester. More information about Panagiotis research can be found on his personal website.

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Recent News

NSF grant for transforming VT's ECE department awarded to CHCI faculty


Congratulations to Ben Knapp, Tom Martin (co-PI's), Steve Harrison (senior personnel), and Luke Lester for their NSF award for the amount of $2,000,000 for 5 years. The project titled "Radically Re-designing the Fan-in ...

Congratulations to Ayshwarya Saktheeswaran on successful Masters defense


Congratulations to Ayshwarya Saktheeswaran on the successful defense of her Masters Thesis entitled "The Role of Teaching Assistants in Introductory Programming Courses”. Her advisor is Steven Harrison and committee me ...

Doug Bowman named Frank J. Maher Professor


Doug Bowman, professor of computer science in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been awarded the Frank J. Maher Professorship in Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. A member of the Virginia ...

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Next CHCI Seminar

September 2016 CHCI ICAT Playdate

2016-09-16 at 08:30:00 in ICAT Learning Studio (253A) in the Moss Arts Center

Presenter: Dr David Hicks

Abstract: "CHCI ICAT Playdates" are monthly informal presentations and discussions of Human-Computer Interaction research, hosted by ICAT, Virginia Tech, and open to the community. Topic to be posted soon... stay tuned.


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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.