Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is a multi-disciplinary field, drawing from the human sciences, computational sciences and engineering, information technologies, arts, and design. HCI addresses all aspects of the interplay between people and interactive technologies, with applications in every domain. The Center for HCI at Virginia Tech is a university-wide research center and a world leader in both the design of novel interactive experiences and the study of human interaction with and through technology.
The mission of our transdisciplinary community of scholars is to advance HCI research and education through intellectual and creative leadership and to advocate for a human-centered approach to technology, both at Virginia Tech and globally.
CHCI supports research excellence through funding programs and shared resources; it contributes to the education and training of HCI professionals and scholars through various degree and certificate programs; and it fosters strong community around the topic of HCI through forums for idea exchange.
HCI is a broad and diverse domain. Although the work of CHCI faculty affiliates is equally broad and diverse, we currently place special emphasis on two key research thrust areas. These areas, 3D Experiences and Social Informatics, both represent critical domains of inquiry where CHCI is already playing a leadership role with the potential for significant future growth.
> 3D Experiences
The 3D Experiences thrust focuses on the design of novel and effective user experiences through immersive technologies such as virtual, augmented, and mixed reality.
> Social Informatics
The Social Informatics thrust explores how to understand and define interaction with information and communication tools in interpersonal, cultural, or institutional contexts.