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Computational Media

Interactive Systems Lab

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

Professor Katherine Isbister, Professor Eddie Melcer and Aviv Elor

Catching up with Computational Media faculty research at SEMICON West

You don’t usually hear shrieking at SEMICON West, the enormous annual electronics product design and manufacturing association’s annual conference. But it happened twice at this year’s conference. Both came during the “Gaming at the Hardware Boundaries” TechTalk; both during presentations by UC... Read More

Japeth Frolick presenting on Partners Day 2019

Three Hundred Engineering Students Present Projects on Partners Day

“We went last year from forty projects to sixty projects this year,” Jack Baskin Endowed Professor Patrick Mantey, who created and directs the senior design capstone program said. “From two hundred students participating to three hundred, I’m extremely proud of the whole crowd.” Watch a video of... Read More

Professor Leila Takayama discusses Human-Robot Interaction

Techno-Slugs Reach Across Monterey Bay

On June 21, 2019 UC Santa Cruz Baskin School of Engineering professors Leila Takayama (computational media) and Dejan Milutinovic (electrical and computer engineering) spoke at the inaugural Monterey Bay Drone Automation & Robotics Technology (DART) Symposium. The symposium featured an unusual... Read More

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