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.

Mission and Vision for the Center for Human-Computer Interaction

The primary goal of the CHCI is to foster research excellence in Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech.

The CHCI excels in cross-disciplinary research on interactive computing that extends into the everyday life of individuals, groups, and societies. As information technologies proliferate and become more ubiquitous (from smart phones to gigapixel and 3D interactive displays) their potential to support human activity can be fully realized when interactive devices function in concert with an understanding of the human agent in a diverse technology environment. Information and communication tools need to interoperate effectively with mutually supporting, interacting, and cooperating (or competing) technology elements. Central to all of these is the human agent. The CHCI leads technology design and research for a society and economy in which technology is pervasive, and empowers individuals to function more effectively both as individuals and as members of society.

MISSION: The mission of the CHCI is to advance the scholarship, impact, and reach of human-computer interaction (HCI) research at Virginia Tech through programs that support multi-disciplinary HCI researchers and enhance the international reputation and visibility of Virginia Tech’s HCI research.

VISION: The CHCI is a growing trans-disciplinary community of HCI scholars, known worldwide for excellence in research. CHCI works to expand our understanding of the human use of computing technologies, and seeks to invent the future in order to make a positive impact on society in diverse application areas.

Human Computer Interaction (HCI) is the overarching research area of the CHCI. This 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:

  • Social informatics
  • Virtual reality, augmented reality, and visualization

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