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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.

Rapid Response Projects

The connection between people separated by distance has been a research interest of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (and its Centers for Human Computer Interaction and for Educational Networks and Impacts) for a while, but the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified this challenge and increased its urgency. Given this, ICAT has implemented a rapid response call in three areas of immersive connections.

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.

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.