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

Congratulations to Ben Hanrahan for his dissertation defense


Ben Hanrahan successfully defended his dissertation, which investigated the effects of email features on users lives, particularly how users attend to email and get lost within it. The balance between promptly responding to emails while trying to limit engagement with the technology, were among his most important findings about the social problems of our interactions with email.

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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 ...

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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.