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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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

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

Katherine Isbister

Games researcher Katherine Isbister honored by Association for Computing Machinery

Katherine Isbister, professor of computational media at UC Santa Cruz, has been recognized by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) as a distinguished scientist for her contributions to the field of computing. The ACM Distinguished Member program recognizes up to 10 percent of ACM... Read More

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