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

Dr. Nicholas Polys attended the White House Maker Faire


Dr. Nicholas Polys, Web3D Consortium President and Professor at Virginia Tech was invited this Summer to the first-ever White House Maker Faire. This honor comes as a direct result of his work for open web standards and 3D data durability. Specifically, as an Advisory Board Member for the NIH 3D Print Exchange where X3D, X3DOM and VRML are key technologies. More information here.

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Recent News

CHCI Celebration a great success


The Center celebrated its new affiliations with ICAT and ICTAS at a "CHCI Celebration" on Monday, September 8 at the Moss Arts Center. Approximately 100 guests enjoyed interactive demonstrations (including a virtual re ...

Warm welcome to our new CHCI faculty member Kurt Luther


The CHCI is delighted to announce its new member, a newly appointed CS faculty as Assistant Professor, Kurt Luther. Luther's main research interests include human-computer interaction (HCI), social computing and crowd-s ...

CHCI celebrates new ICAT/ICTAS affiliation September 8


The Center for Human-Computer Interaction (CHCI) invites you to attend a special event celebrating its new affiliation with the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) and the Institute for Critical Technol ...

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Recent CHCI Seminar

Social Computing and Crowdsourcing for Enhancing Creativity

2014-10-17 at 08:30:00 in Moss Arts Center - Sandbox

Presenter: Kurt Luther

Abstract: Please Join us as we hear from Kurt Luther, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Center for Human Computer Interaction, regarding his research exploring how social computing and crowdsourcing techniques can enhance human creativity.

Bio: My general research interests include human-computer interaction (HCI), social computing and crowdsourcing, and creativity support tools. Specifically, I build and study social computing systems to enhance human creativity and problem solving abilities. My work has applications in domains such as computer animation, visual design, knowledge discovery, and citizen science. I am also interested in connections to the digital humanities, especially history.

Before coming to Virginia Tech, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. I received my Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing from Georgia Tech, where I was named a Foley Scholar, and my undergraduate degree from Purdue University, where I studied computer graphics, art, and design. I have also worked at Microsoft Research, IBM Research, and YouTube. Full bio at

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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.