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Computational Media

Mission Statement
The Computational Media Department (CM) engages in boundary-pushing research and education that integrates technical, interpretive, and design work to create human-centered media that address complex problems for societal impact. 

These are the core values we hold, which form the foundation on which we perform work and conduct ourselves as scholars, researchers, and members of communities:
• Impactful: We create media, experiences and ways of understanding that have an impact in the world we live in. 
• Socially responsible: We actively perform research and education that benefit society at large and advance social goals.
• Open: We embrace diverse ideas, disciplines, approaches, concepts, and methods in our work and community.
• Boundary-pushing: We are forward facing while being reflective of the past. 
• Collegial: We engage in partnership across our communities in a respectful manner. 
• Address “messy” problems: We are unafraid of handling real-world problems that are naturally messy. 

CM hosts the Expressive Intelligence Studio, Social and Emotional Technology Lab, Assistive Sociotechnical Systems for Individuals with Special needs, Creative Coding Lab, Alternative Learning Technologies and Games Lab, Human-Computer Interaction Lab, Human-Robot Interaction Lab, Tech4Good Lab, Augmented Design Lab, Software Introspection Lab, and the Design Reasoning Lab.

CM also hosts the Center for Computational Experiences, a cross-disciplinary center that is home to games and HCI researchers across UC Santa Cruz. 

Contact Us
For questions/comments regarding the undergraduate program: cm-ugrad@soe.ucsc.edu
For questions/comments regarding the graduate program: cm-grad@soe.ucsc.edu
For general questions about the Computational Media department: cm-questions@soe.ucsc.edu

News

Oleksandra Keehl

Keehl receives Google scholarship

Oleksandra Keehl, a computational media Ph.D student working with Assistant Professor Adam Smith, has received one of twenty Women Techmaker Scholars Program scholarships awarded each year. The award will help her develop a mobile game designed to help Japanese language learners master kanji,... Read More

Professor Jim Whitehead

News Brief: Baskin School of Engineering names new Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs

Professor Jim Whitehead has been appointed Baskin School of Engineering’s new Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs. The three-year appointment will be effective July 1, 2020.  As the ADUA, Whitehead will oversee the school’s undergraduate advising unit and curriculum planning activities... Read More

Oleksandra (Saya) Keehl

News Brief: Computational Media Ph.D. student Oleksandra Keehl receives Google scholarship

Oleksandra Keehl, a computational media Ph.D student working with Assistant Professor Adam Smith, has received one of twenty Women Techmaker Scholars Program scholarships awarded each year. The award will help her develop a mobile game designed to help Japanese language learners master kanji,... Read More

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