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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Professor Leila Takayama surrounded by robots

Human-computer interaction experts Leila Takayama and Steve Whittaker join Baskin Engineering

Associate Professor Leila Takayama and Professor Steve Whittaker have joined the UC Santa Cruz Baskin School of Engineering’s Computational Media Department. Both professors came from the Psychology Department at UCSC. Steve Whittaker has over 20 years of experience in human-computer interaction.... Read More

Professor Leila Takayama talks to Kevin Weatherwax through BEAM

Leila Takayama wins Google Research Award for robot training

A recent Faculty Research Award from Google will help Associate Professor Leila Takayama learn what it takes for a robot to learn from its human peers. According to Takayama, robots are like new human hires: They need onboarding to do their jobs successfully. While there are often formal... Read More

Jim Egen dons a virtual reality helmet and paddles to test ASSIST lab's stroke rehabilitation game.

UC Santa Cruz creates the state’s first graduate program in Serious Games

The Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz announced the launch of the country’s first professional master’s degree program in serious games. UCSC already offers two of the most highly rated game degree programs in the country: the B.S. in Computer Game Design and the M.S. in Games and... Read More