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.

Click here for older highlights...

Recent News

NUI project fair presents innovative natural user interfaces Dec. 9


The students in this semester's Natural User Interfaces graduate seminar class will be presenting the innovative NUIs they've been developing at a project fair next Tuesday. NUI class project fair Tuesday, Dec. 9, ...

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 ...

Click here for more news...

Recent CHCI Seminar

Communicating Biometrics

2015-03-20 at 08:30:00 in ICAT/MAC Sandbox

Presenter: Scott McCrickard & Robert Beaton

Abstract: This talk will explore HCI issues and opportunities for mobile biometric devices. Recent and ongoing advances in biometric device technology has resulted in many opportunities for interactive mobile applications, though with many HCI-related questions that need to be addressed. We will discuss key issues related to mobile biometric technologies, describing ones that are in use here at Virginia Tech and outlining ongoing and future directions for their use, particularly in the areas of health and wellness, addressing attentional difficulties, and understanding life-related trends.

Bio: Scott McCrickard is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech, and a member of the Center for Human Computer Interaction. His research interests are in notification systems, awareness, and interruptions as they result to technology. He works on both the application and theory sides of these issues, resulting in applications for mobile devices in the areas of health and wellness, assistive technologies, and education.

Robert Beaton is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. He develops and test technologies that create and enhance user acceptance of and experiences with personal electronic devices, with a focus on developing affective biometric feedback systems.

Click here for more seminars...


Fluid 960 Grid System, created by Stephen Bau, based on the 960 Grid System by Nathan Smith. Released under the GPL / MIT Licenses.