Ministers and High Authorities of Science, Technology and Innovation from Latin America and the Caribbean visit the University of Illinois

Posted on Mar 31, 2014

Ministers and High Authorities of Science, Technology and Innovation from Latin America and the Caribbean visit the University of Illinois During the week of March 17–21, 2014, the University of Illinois, in collaboration with the Organization of American States (OAS), hosted the first iteration of the “Executive Immersion Program”. Over the course of three days, ministers and high-level government officials from the Ministries and Councils of Science and Technology of several Latin American and Caribbean countries visited the University of Illinois. Guided by the program’s principals and the University’s expert researchers, delegates were afforded a firsthand look at and experience with some of the most advanced technologies in the world. The program also served as a good opportunity for all involved to collectively reflect on how these tools could be used to spur development and to build new partnerships.


I-CHASS Receives Grant to Build Fab Lab in Togiak, Alaska to Provide Educational and Economic Opportunities, and to Study Indigenous American Perspectives of Technology

Posted on Dec 11, 2013

An example of an augmented Reality ProjectI-CHASS members Dr. Alan Craig (I-CHASS Associate Director of for Human Computer Interaction) and Dr. Scott Poole (I-CHASS Director) in collaboration with the Alaska Federation of Natives, the Traditional Council of Togiak, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks-Bristol Bay Campus have been awarded a National Science Foundation grant of $299,963 for a project entitled, “Bridging the Divide: Exploring Native Approaches.” The grant begins with an award of $157,504 this year with the remainder of the grant distributed next year contingent upon the availability of funding to NSF from the federal government and progress on the project. This grant will be used to plan and develop a research project that studies the implementation of a fabrication laboratory (Fab Lab) containing cutting edge technology in a rural Alaska Native village off of the Bering Sea.


NCSA article about Large Scale Video Analysis Project

Posted on Nov 26, 2013

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications recently published an article about I-CHASS’s Large Scale Video Analysis project.


Augmented Reality Alma Mater

Posted on Nov 12, 2013

An example of an augmented Reality ProjectWhen it was discovered that the famed Alma Mater statue would still be undergoing extensive repairs during the class of 2013’s graduation festivities, all facets of the University, including I-CHASS Associate Director for Human Computer Interaction Dr. Alan Craig, worked together to create an “augmented reality” version of the iconic statue for students to take a picture with. Learn more in this short video documentary.


Mapping the Past to Predict the Future

Posted on Oct 11, 2013

An example of an augmented Reality Project It is well know that maps have always been about much more than just geography. Maps also serve as a medium for political and social commentary, becoming a reflection of the mapmakers and map financier’s ideas of how the world is or, perhaps, should be.


What are the Computational Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences?

Posted on Aug 29, 2013

The Computational Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) is an emerging area of research that refers to the investigation of humanities, arts, and social science research questions through advanced computing technologies. A social scientist who analyses a large dataset of census information using a supercomputer is engaging in CHASS, as is a historian who investigates historical texts using visual analytic software. The use of computational methods is more than a bridging of disciplines – it is an increasingly necessary methodological approach for researchers who wish to investigate the numerous human activities that result in digital information.


Making Sense of Augmented Reality

Posted on Aug 14, 2013

An example of an augmented Reality Project

The next innovation to change how we find and interact with information is not a new type of phone or software—it’s augmented reality. Augmented reality (AR) is an expressive medium that layers a virtual world over the real world, and it has the potential to change how we learn and do business. University of Illinois researcher and I-CHASS Associate Director of Human-Computer Interaction Dr. Alan Craig has been developing augmented reality applications since the mid-1990s. His new book, Understanding Augmented Reality: Concepts and Applications, came out this summer. Ask him for a demonstration and he will pull out an iPad and a few pieces of paper, and make roaring dinosaurs and delicate flowers come to life on the table in front of you. Dr. Craig works with education and business partners to advance the technology that supports augmented reality as well as to develop new applications of AR that so far have benefited groups as various as Native American school children in Alaska, medical students, and media consumers.


I-CHASS Conducts Radical Innovation in Education Summit in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013

Members of I-CHASS recently attended the Radical Innovation in Education Summit held at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. June 13-15. Co-Organized by I-CHASS, The Organization of American States, and Sharon Tettegah, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the forum focused on current and future innovations in pedagogy and educational institutions. Speakers discussed the need to make learning more relevant, accessible and interactive, and how educators might meet these needs.


Alan Craig of I-CHASS Teams to Create Augmented Alma Mater

Posted on May 13, 2013

Alan Craig, Associate Director of Human-Computer Interaction at I-CHASS, worked with a number of scientists and engineers at the University of Illinois to deliver an augmented reality version of the Alma Mater statue, which is currently undergoing restoration away from its home north of the main quad of the Urbana-Champaign campus.


I-CHASS and OAS/ARTCA Release PASI Program Description

Posted on Mar 4, 2013

I-CHASS is pleased to announce the following program description for its upcoming session in computation-based discovery, a summer program supported by the National Science Foundation’s Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes (PASI) program:

The objective of this PASI is to introduce young researchers to Methods in Computation-Based Discovery (CBD). In quest of solutions to major problems (e.g., biodiversity, modeling of natural systems, water ecology, and so on), researchers across the natural and social sciences as well as the humanities and arts are generating massive and/or highly complex data sets that extend well-beyond humans’ capacities to perceive or analyze without sophisticated technological augmentation.