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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 (Saya) Keehl

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

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Carmen Robinson

Baskin Engineering appoints first program director for student excellence, engagement, and inclusion

Dr. Carmen Robinson has been appointed the first Program Director for Student Excellence, Engagement, and Inclusion in the Baskin School of Engineering. Robinson has served as the school’s Director of Undergraduate Affairs since 2017. The appointment was made by Dean Alexander Wolf.  “This is... Read More

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