At the intersection of the humanistic social sciences and  design, engineering, programming and technology studies, we ask about how cultural undergrounds inflect and overflow the networks of digital globalization.

Center for Human Computer Interaction

"The Center for Human Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech is the region of intersection between the social and behavioral sciences, and information technology. It provides a challenging test domain for applying and developing social theory and a stringent source of constraints for creating and evaluating new information systems."

Collaboratory for Digital Discourse and Culture at Virginia Tech

"The CDDC continues much of the experimentation as one of the world's first university based digital points-of-publication for new forms of scholarly communication, academic research, and cultural analysis. At the same time, it supports traditional research practices, including scholarly peer review, academic freedom, network formation, and intellectual experimentation as part of the department's support of the University's research mission. Their agenda is to support all forms of cultural, ideological, methodological, and scientific discourse, while encouraging diversity, interdisciplinary, and academic excellence."

Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology at Virginia Tech

"A university-level research institute positioned at the nexus of the arts, design, engineering, and science, the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology is uniquely partnered with the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech. By forging a pathway between trans-disciplinary research and art, educational innovation, and scientific and commercial discovery, the institute works to foster the creative process to create new possibilities for exploration and expression through learning, discovery, and engagement. This includes: n Preparing students in kindergarten through 12th grade and higher education environments to succeed in a world that demands teamwork and collaboration of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines; n Promoting new research domains that transcends institutionalized boundaries; and n Participating with people of all ages in the process of co-creation. More than just a media lab, ICAT is a trans-disciplinary living lab, tightly integrated with educational, commercial, and arts communities."

Center for Human Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech

"HCI is the region of intersection between the social and behavioral sciences, and information technology. It provides a challenging test domain for applying and developing social theory and a stringent source of constraints for creating and evaluating new information systems."

Center for Information Technologies Impacts on Children, Youth, and Families

"The Center for Information Technology Impacts on Children, Youth, and Families is a college research center dedicated to researching the impact of information technologies on humans--specifically children, youth, and families.  Through research and outreach, the Center provides critical insights and data on information technology issues of concern to families, educators, policymakers, and business and agency leaders."

Media and Creative Computing Track in Computer Science

This track is intended for students wishing to prepare for entry-level positions in game engineering, animation programming, and media technology or graduate studies in those areas as well as research in entertainment uses of computing and HCI. Built upon the proposed HCI track, this track is an alternative to a graphics track for students excited by applications of computing in entertainment.

Digital Interactive Sound and Intermedia Studio

 Founded in 2007 by Dr. Ivica Ico Bukvic, the Digital and Interactive Sound and Intermedia Studio complements and recontextualizes the Virginia Tech music technology program by providing the rapidly growing Creative Technologies in Composition and Multimedia Art Design option. By coupling contemporary technology with traditional performance idioms, DISIS pursues a symbiosis of new forms of artistic expression with special focus on interactive multimedia art and scientific research of new multimedia technologies for the purpose of betterment of the overall quality of life.

Department of Science and Technology in Society

"Science and Technology Studies (STS) is a growing field that draws on the full range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities to examine the ways that science and technology shape, and are shaped by, our society, politics, and culture. We study contemporary controversies, historical transformations, policy dilemmas, and broad philosophical questions. The graduate program in STS at Virginia Tech prepares students to be productive and publicly-engaged scholars, advancing research and making a difference."

 

 


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