Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology

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ICAT at Virginia Tech

The Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) brings together scientists, engineers, artists, and designers to tackle some of the world’s most complex problems. Powered by advanced technology and networks of talented and creative people, ICAT brings together and supports teams of faculty and students from across academic disciplines to address particular needs, ranging from large societal problems to industry-specific challenges.

Dancing Plants

Developing new agricultural techniques to improve plant health and production is desperately needed to address the looming food crisis. When plants are exposed to disease and poor growing conditions, they often respond through subtle micro-movements that can’t be seen by the naked eye. Researchers with expertise in life science, agriculture, electrical and computer engineering, sonification, and visualization are developing an image analysis system to interpret plant movement patterns under different growth conditions. The processed image data will be converted to audible sounds, allowing scientists to actually hear when and how a plant is responding to its environment. Being able to easily and immediately observe plant response will help researchers design new agricultural practices to improve plant performance.

Dancing Plants

ICAT Studios

The Cube is a four-story-high, state-of-the-art theatre and high tech laboratory that serves multiple platforms of creative practice by faculty, students, and national and international guest artists and researchers.

The Cube

Center for Educational Networks and Impacts

The Center for Educational Networks and Impacts advances high quality SEAD teaching and learning opportunities in the P-12 contexts and leads in STEM work-force development from early childhood through professional practice.

Center for Human-Computer Interaction

The Center for Human-Computer Interaction is a world leader in HCI research, both designing interactive experiences and studying human interaction with and through technology. 

Creativity + Innovation District

The C+I team melds the exploration of innovative technologies and the design of creative experiences with best practices for developing impact-driven and meaningful outcomes and solutions.