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.

The Center for Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech celebrated its 20th anniversary on 15-16 October 2015. The event was a huge success with attendance from a variety of industry and academia-affiliated alumni, current students, as well as former and current faculty members. You can watch the Plenary Panel discussion, which opened the event, on our youtube channel. You can also get more information about the event on the dedicated web page.

Research Thrusts

Human Computer Interaction (HCI), the overarching research area of the CHCI, is is a broad and diverse domain. Although the work of the affiliated faculty is equally broad and diverse, we have identified two key research thrusts that represent specific sub-areas of HCI for which the Center can obtain or maintain a world-class standing. The research thrust areas are:

Research Highlight

Kurt Luther received NSF CAREER award for expert-led crowdsourcing research


Assistant professor of computer science and CHCI member Kurt Luther has been recognized by the National Science Foundation with a Faculty Early Career Development Award to study and improve the capabilities of crowdsourced investigations. Luther will use an innovative expert-led crowdsourcing approach to collect data using a platform called CrowdSleuth. The software will assist collaboration between crowds and experts, such as journalists, historians, and law enforcement, as they attempt to discover new information and verify details of investigations. More information can be found on this VT News article.

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Recent News

CHCI Member Ed Fox is recognized as an ACM Fellow!


A much-deserved recognition for a remarkable set of achievements and contributions to our field.

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CHCI matching funds program for HCI+art+design SEAD grants


Starting in January 2018, for an initial period of two years (through December 2019), CHCI will provide matching funds to add value to eligible ICAT SEAD grants. The purpose i ...

Congratulations to Lawrence Warren, I/ITSEC scholarship winner


The CHCI warmly congratulates Lawrence Warren, MS student in Computer Science, who was recently awarded the 2018 RADM Fred Lewis Postgraduate I ...

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Recent CHCI Seminar

Making sense of place. Audience responses to immersive journalism.

2017-11-17 at 08:30:00 in Learning Studio at Moss Arts Center

Presenter: Mike Horning

Abstract: Increasingly journalists are exploring how to use immersive 3D experiences in their reporting. This talk looks at a series of studies that examined how audiences interact with news content using augmented reality and 360 video. Based on the research, it offers some suggestions for future directions for design and research.

Bio: Michael Horning is an assistant professor of multimedia journalism in the Department of Communication at Virginia Tech. He is also an affiliate with Virginia Tech’s Center for Human Computer Interaction. Before entering academic, he was a general assignment news reporter for a community newspaper in Southwest Virginia where he regularly covered government and politics. Horning’s research has been focused on how emerging media technologies influence how audiences experience and respond to news. He is interested in understanding how emerging technologies shape journalistic practices and audience perceptions of news content. Horning has published research that has examined how audiences responded to the use of YouTube in the 2008 election debates, how mobile devices impact audience interest in news content and how journalistic norms and value influence political cartoonist’s coverage of sensitive political topics. His current research is exploring how immersive video environments change audience perceptions of news credibility.

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