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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

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

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