Creative Experiences lab, led by Dr. Sowmya Somanath, is focused on studying and designing systems that can empower people to create using technology. Broadly our research falls within the area of Human-Computer Interaction.

With the availability of old and new technologies for making such as programming platforms, programmable electronics, digital fabrication machines and new materials, we now have research opportunities to create novel experiences that can help diverse audiences become producers of artifacts and knowledge. By supporting making practices we contribute to the development of one possible pathway that can help people uphold their values which may relate to sustainability, design aesthetics, creating bespoke solutions, lifelong learning, or others. The development of novel systems for making can enable people to truly express their uniqueness while the knowledge gained and shared can help form communities of likeminded people who can contribute to the growth of the world at large. Currently, our research is focused on exploring the following themes:

In addition to the above, we also collaborate on projects in other research topics including: You can learn more about our work via our publications page. Creative Experiences Lab is part of the composite research group, Victoria Interactive Experiences with Information (VIXI) Lab. We are part of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Victoria. I encourage you to peruse the research websites of Dr. Charles Perin and Dr. Miguel Nacenta to learn about other topics explored in VIXI.