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Arts and Humanities

Technology and the Human Experience.
At NCSA, we use technology to better understand the things that make us human.

From politics and economics to culture and the arts, we explore every aspect of the human experience, using artificial intelligence and machine learning to solve real problems affecting lives around the globe.

NCSA accelerates humanities research and arts exploration in projects like discovering how to make broadband access more equitable, and the development of an algorithm to disrupt what TikTok serves to user feeds. And we’re always searching for ways to leverage the power of supercomputing in studying the things that impact us every day.

NCSA Spotlight

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Rini B. Mehta 
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

Professor Mehta is trained as a comparativist who works on computational humanities, digital film history, and data visualization.

NCSA has been and will always remain for me the bridge between my home in the humanities and my new land of exploration, computer science.

Project Highlights

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Not for You

What would happen if something disrupted the customization algorithms that define your social media experience, dictating the videos you watch and messages you receive?

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Community Data Clinic

The Community Data Clinic functions as a hub for developing community-centered solutions for a data-driven world.


In the News
Three wooden pegs are clustered on the right, each with an envelope symbols and hearts over them. On the left is a wooden peg with a burglar symbol on it. Lines with hooks reach out to the envelopes. Meant to convey the danger of online romances when you don't have a clear idea of the identity of the person romancing you.

Defensive Gaming

NCSA Affiliate and UIUC iSchool research scientist Anita Nikolich is leading an effort to help you identify online scams through gamification.
In the News
Arushi Jain performs at Krannert during Pygmalion 2023. She's standing in front of a large technical device with a lot of wires called a modular synthesizer. The screen behind her is full of purple tinted stars.

Music to Your Eyes

Mixing sight and sound, NCSA’s AVL team joined musician Arushi Jain to create a concert experience like no other
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