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

Perceptive Pixel

2014-09-19 at 08:30:00 in Moss Arts Center - Sandbox

Presenter: Prof. Chris North

Abstract: Join us as we hear from Chris North, professor in the Department of Computer Science and Center for Human Computer Interaction. He will be discussing the new technology, Perceptive Pixel, which Virginia Tech received as a gift from Microsoft Research.

These units support HD display, multi-touch interaction, and pen-based interaction. What new types of interactive applications might these devices enable? How could they be used to improve interactivity in data analytics, perhaps via sketching, bi-manual multi-finger data manipulation, or collaboration? How could such devices fit into an "ecology" of diverse types of interactive devices? How can software be designed to support development of such interactions?

Bio: Dr. Chris North is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. He leads the Information Visualization research group in the Center for Human-Computer Interaction, and directs the GigaPixel Display Laboratory, one of the most advanced display and interaction facilities in the world. He also participates in the Discovery Analytics Center and the Hume Center for National Security, and is a member of the DHS supported VACCINE Visual Analytics Center of Excellence. He was awarded Faculty Fellow of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech in 2007. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2000.

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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.