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Technology and the human experience

Our modern world is fast-paced and relentlessly technological. Driven by curiosity, inspiration and wonder, UVic researchers and artists explore how we interact with devices, manage information and data, and relate to other humans. Our work explores the ways people understand science and the nature of the universe. 

We create transformative materials and systems to make them more effective, efficient and accessible. We assess the personal, social and environmental costs of technology. Our work improves health, communications, privacy and security for people around the globe.

Data science

The Matrix Institute for Applied Data Science brings together diverse members from academia, industry and government. They facilitate discovery research, innovation, training and technical transfer to industry on applied data science.

Advanced materials

The Centre for Advanced Materials and Related Technology (CAMTEC) conducts interdisciplinary work on advanced materials and technology. The applications of their work span from health to renewable energy. CAMTEC members work closely with scientists and engineers from the private and public sectors.

Computer human interaction

The Computer Human Interaction and Software Engineering Lab (CHISEL) studies how technology can help people explore, understand and share complex information and knowledge.

Digital humanities

The Electronic Textual Cultures Lab is a humanities lab based in the Digital Scholarship Commons at the UVic Libraries. They are a hub for digital humanities and open, social scholarship.

Digital health

The Digital Health Lab conducts research in the domains of digital health, health promotion and physical activity. They use the power of digital technology to enhance people’s well-being and quality of life.

Ethnographic mapping

UVic Ethnographic Mapping Lab provides a space for geographic information system (GIS) and qualitative data analysis. They support communities and scholars with research and innovation in projects like traditional land use and occupancy mapping in Indigenous communities. Project areas include Aboriginal title and rights, public education, inter-generational knowledge transfer and language revitalization.

Open A nose for health

A nose for health

UVic doctoral student Jamie Knight is championing smell testing as a way to gain insights into brain health.

Open UVic climate expertise

UVic climate expertise

UVic expands its breadth of expertise by actively recruiting new research chairs in the impact area of climate, environmental change and sustainability.

Open Learning and teaching modes

Learning and teaching modes

Building on our expertise pre-pandemic and applying learnings from the past year-and-a-half, a working group is actively exploring the future of course and program delivery at UVic. A course’s delivery...

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