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.

Research Highlight

The Cube featured in 'The Verge'


The New York based, online technology magazine "The Verge" recently published an article highlighting the Cube facility in the Moss Arts Center. The Cube is a research lab and performance space jointly administered by ICAT and the Center for the Arts. ICAT and CHCI have been using the facility for virtual reality, visualization, and sonification research. CHCI faculty and students presented the FutureHaus, using tracked tablets inside the Cube, and a crowd simulation inside Lane Stadium, using the Oculus Rift. Read the full Verge article, and see the accompanying video shot in the Cube, here.

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Recent News

CHCI welcomes new member Dane Webster


The Center for HCI is pleased to welcome its newest member, Dane Webster. Dane is an Associate Professor in the School of Visual Arts, focusing on 3D modeling, visualization, and an ...

Thomas Tucker newest member of CHCI


Thomas Tucker, an Associate Professor of Creative Technologies in the School of Visual Arts, is the newest faculty affiliate in the Center for HCI. Thomas is a visual artist specia ...

CHCI faculty members promoted to full professor


The CHCI offers its congratulations to long-standing faculty members Deborah Tatar and Steve Sheetz, who have been promoted to the rank of full professor at Virginia Tech (

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Recent CHCI Seminar

Open-Source Mechanical Assistive Devices

2015-04-17 at 08:30:00 in MAC/ICAT Sandbox

Presenter: Peter Binkley

Abstract: Open-Source design, 3D printing and global networking have converged to democratize the field of prosthetics. It is now possible for many amputees and their families to assemble their own comfortable, useful, attractive assistive devices at a very low cost. In this lecture, Peter describes how consumer-level 3d printing has sparked a global movement to provide free devices for amputees using easy-to-source materials.

Bio: Peter Binkley is a designer of Class 1 medical devices and an educator for e-Nable, a global network of volunteers who provide free assistive devices, designs and resources to all who can use them. He and his son, Peregrine Hawthorn (a congenital amputee missing fingers on his left hand) designed the Talon Hand, the Ody Hand and the Talon Flextensor, based on open-source designs, and are collaborators on e-Nable's Raptor Hand design team. Peter engages with designers, medical professionals, schools, government agencies and private companies to meet the needs of clients who can benefit from advances in open-source design.

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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.