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

Designing better mobile news experiences: How places influence our engagement with local information sources

2014-11-21 at 08:30:00 in Moss Arts Center - Sandbox

Presenter: Prof. Michael Horning

Abstract: The talk will be about the speaker's research exploring the the ways in which information and communications technologies (ICT's) can be used to improve communities. Design research, often in the area of human-computer interaction (HCI) has examined how ICT's, particularly mobile and web-based ICT's be used to support the economic and civic goals of place-based communities through leveraging more effectively social media interactions and location awareness. More traditional media research has explored how reporters working in hyperlocal online newsrooms are leveraging new media technologies for expanding democratic opportunities for citizens.

Bio: Michael Horning is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Virginia Tech. He holds a PhD in Mass Communications from The Pennsylvania State University and a Masters in Communication and Media Technologies from The Rochester Institute of Technology. His research is focused on the social and psychological effects of communications technologies as they related to engagement with news and civic processes. He uses an interdisciplinary approach in his research that draw from both media effects and human computer interaction traditions. Prior to his appointment at Virginia Tech he worked in the Computer-Supported Collaboration and Learning Lab at Penn State with a team of researchers to develop and test location-aware news aggregation software. His current research has been focused on developing and testing mobile and web-based applications that support engagement with local news and community service organizations. He has also published papers on the effects of communications technologies on political and civic engagement.

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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.