ICAT Funded Projects

New Town was an African American neighborhood in Blacksburg, Virginia from the late 19th century until the mid- 1960’s. It consisted of Gilbert Street and a small lane that were home to about 20 families. The lone remaining structure today is the St. Luke and Odd Fellows Hall, which was the social center for area African-Americans from 1905 until the end of segregation. In the 1970’s road construction and other development resulted in the decline and disappearance of the neighborhood.

The traveling exhibition FORM: Line-Plane-Solid responds to a need for new discussion about form within industrial design education. We attempt to renew the concept of form-giving through an iterative and rigorous process of making. We use the term, “form-matrix,” as a pedagogical prompt, a start, to talk about primitive form in the design studio. The matrix is a construct of various divisions of form, though not exhaustive, and how they overlap and inform each other.

Kinesthetic Field is a full-body, kinesthetic approach to revealing electromagnetic fields. It is a concept for a public installation that allows people in separate locations to physically interact with each other through direct manipulation of dynamic sculptures. The installation consists of two or more nodes connected by a wireless electronic network. Each node, or locale, consists of both static and dynamic/moveable, physical elements.

Creative Dance is a course within the Curriculum fo

“The original Town of Blacksburg was laid out in a grid, on land that was donated by William Black, for whom the Town is named. Five streets running NE to SW cross five other streets running NW to SE.  Each square or block was then divided into four equal lots, creating a total of 64 building lots in the original Town layout. This plan created the “16 Squares” that we refer to today.

Previous research provides a strong argument for the hypothesis that cardiac measures are related to empathy, with empathic sadness related to a heart rate (HR) decrease and empathic happiness related to a HR increase, even compared to other physiological variables. However, few studies have examined physiological dyadic empathy relationships, and no known studies have incorporated a psychopathic sample in a dyadic empathy-inducing task.

“Promote gender equality and empower women” is one of the eight Millennium Development Goals that the United Nations adopted in the year 2000 and aims to achieve by 2015. Gendered Arrangements, an initiative of the Women’s and Gender Studies program in the department of Sociology at Virginia Tech, is in response to the third goal of promoting gender equality and empowering women.

The purpose of this project was to support a collaboration between Virginia Tech and NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in the spring of 2013 and spring of 2014. The collaboration involved student projects in the area of intelligent textiles and wearable technologies for space flight.

Cloud is an interactive art installation consisting of fifty sound- and light-emitting cloudlets that respond to other cloudlets and visitors.

The installation, Between the Pyramid and the Labyrinth, is a project developed with design students from the course Textile Space. The project provided a responsive environment and a framework for ICAT’s Tech-or-Treat exhibit.

The connection of sub-conscious emotions occurring “in the moment” to conscious decisions is not understood. Our project is studying unconscious (uncontrolled) activities in the brain, the face, and the body at the moment when a person is confronted with an emotional situation.

This project at Blacksburg High School is designed to engage students in the “Art of Science” through several activities at the BHS STEM lab with Virginia Tech science and arts faculty.

Organized in five movements, Salt Marsh Suite is an original video/sound installation and performance. Based on field observation, 3D laser scanning, imagery, and sound recordings collected in a North Carolina coastal estuary, the piece connects art and science, weaving the lines between the lives of the marsh animals and plants and the strong environmental (and human) forces that shape their existences.

Initially conceptualized as a response to solar shading needs, the design for the Flower Wall was inspired by the natural beauty of phototropic response from flowers, such as a sunflower or morning glory.

To help lower the learning curve for 3D modeling, we have been exploring more natural 3D interaction in this domain. Our key insight is that a physical input device made of flexible material can be directly molded and shaped by the user into a representation of the desired surface.