PI: James Bernard
Funding Agency: ISU - Vice Provost for Research & Advanced Studies
Carolina Cruz-Neira, James Oliver, Adrian Sannier
Summary: ISU, using VRAC with its proven record of growth in external funding as a base, can quickly expand its focus to become a leader in HCI research. To foster this research opportunity, we are recruiting faculty with both traditional disciplinary expertise and the capability to lead their departments in HCI. Second, to attract and train talented graduate research assistants, we will develop a degree-granting interdepartmental graduate major in HCI that establishes ISU as an academic leader in this emerging field. The return on this investment is ISU leadership in this very important emerging field. An indicator of this leadership will be a significant increase in funding. There is currently about $23 million in ongoing HCI-related work at ISU. We believe this will at least double in the next five years, with consequent increases in the number of ISU graduate students, already well over 100, who work in HCI-related fields. Perhaps most important, we look toward the very important intangible attributes of leadership--increased visibility for our faculty worldwide and the entrepreneurial thinking, both on and off campus, that are the hallmarks of a top level research university.
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