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Human Computer Interaction

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is a cross-disciplinary field, drawing from the human sciences, computational sciences and engineering, information technologies, arts, and design. HCI addresses all aspects of the interplay between people and interactive technologies, with applications in every domain.

Virginia Tech HCI researchers design immersive experiences using cutting-edge augmented reality technology; they study how to harness the power of collective human intelligence through crowdsourcing; they build tools that help uncover trends in massive datasets; and they seek to understand how technology use affects individuals, organizations, and societies.

The Department of Computer Science has a distinguished history of HCI research and scholarship going back to the earliest days of the field. Computer science faculty focusing on HCI are members of the university-wide Center for Human-Computer Interaction (CHCI), which is a transdisciplinary research community and world leader in HCI research, both designing interactive experiences and studying human interaction with and through technology.

HCI labs and groups directed by computer science faculty include: