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

Congratulations to Anamary Leal on successful PhD defense


Congratulations to Anamary Leal on the successful defense of her Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Negotiating Ambiguity in Describing Fabrics Through Technology". Her advisor is Steve Harrison. ...

CHCI welcomes new member Brook Kennedy


Brook Kennedy is an Associate Professor in the Industrial Design program with a career spanning 15 years in Industrial, Interaction and Communication design consulting. He received a BA in Art from Reed College in Portla ...

Congratulations to Ayat Mohammed on successful PhD defense


Congratulations to Ayat Mohammed on the successful defense of her Ph.D. dissertation entitled "High-dimensional Data in Scientific Visualization: Representation, Fusion, and Difference". Her advisor is Nicholas Polys. Ay ...

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Recent CHCI Seminar

Technology on the Trail

2017-09-15 at 08:30:00 in ICAT Learning Studio, 253 Moss Arts Center

Presenter: Dr. Scott McCrickard

Abstract: The Technology on the Trail initiative seeks to understand and develop ways that technology is used (or avoided!) on trails and in trail-like settings, such as extended and multi-day hikes, where different user goals and desires affect our behaviors and interactions with others. We have divided this initiative into three main focus areas: preparation, experience, and reflection. The speaker will talk about lessons learned for each of these focus areas and outline some challenges and opportunities moving forward. This work was sponsored in part by an ICAT SEAD grant and by the CHCI Social Informatics group.

Bio: Scott McCrickard is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and a member of the Center for Human Computer Interaction within ICAT. His research has focused on ways that technology affects the ways we allocate our attention, largely through notifications and interactions with it. He served as the primary organizer the Technology on the Trail workshop in March 2017 in Blacksburg VA and is organizing the follow-up workshop in Sanibel Island FL in January 2018.

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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.