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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.

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.

Researchers at Victoria Interactive eXperiences with Information (VIXI) study and build technologies that empower people to make data-centred decisions that help solve problems in their daily lives.

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 Alumni in action

Alumni in action

Natasha Thambirajah's unexpected journey from biochemistry to a 15-year career in public service, advocating for equity in health policy. Explore her story on the Work It podcast.

Open Bombardier partnership for sustainable aviation

Bombardier partnership for sustainable aviation

UVic's Centre for Aerospace Research (CfAR) will be Bombardier's first academic partner on the sustainability-focused EcoJet Research Project.

Open Photos turn lens on refugee experience

Photos turn lens on refugee experience

UVic President’s Chair Nancy Clark has been working with Syrian men who have resettled in BC on a study that uses photography to explore the social determinants of Syrian men’s mental health.

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