Computational Media

The Computational Media Department is dedicated to the creation, enhancement, and study of media forms that can only be made using computers. The department emphasizes the construction of technologies that make possible novel media experiences, while simultaneously embracing and engaging in theoretical and practical approaches from the arts, humanities, and social sciences. UC Santa Cruz hosts the Center for Games and Playable Media, the largest games research group in the world, comprised of the Expressive Intelligence Studio, Social and Emotional Technology Lab, Interactive Systems for Individuals with Special Needs Lab, Augmented Design Lab, and the Software Introspection Lab.

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2016 Sammy Showcase

UC Santa Cruz students to show VR projects and videogames in public showcase

UC Santa Cruz invites the public to experience the future of games and virtual reality at one of the country’s largest student game festivals: the annual Sammy Showcase. The event includes opportunities for the public to play videogames created by graduate and undergraduate students from both... Read More

This image from GameSpace shows a constellation of all the NFL football videogames players can explore.

GameSpace offers a playable visualization of 16,000 videogames

Finding information about videogames can now be a game in itself, thanks to researchers at the UC Santa Cruz Center for Games and Playable Media. They created GameSpace, a playable visualization of 16,000 videogames grouped according to common features and displayed in 3-dimensional space like a... Read More

Baskin fellowships help advance student research at UC Santa Cruz

Sean Phillips and Eric Kaltman, graduate students at the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz, are this year's recipients of the prestigious Jack Baskin and Peggy Downes-Baskin Fellowship. Although pursuing PhDs in very different areas, both Phillips and Kaltman are committed to... Read More