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CALL: Virginia Tech individualized interdisciplinary iPhD program at Virginia Tech seeking masters and doctoral candidates

Virginia Tech’s new individualized Human-Centered Design (HCD) iPhD
transdisciplinary degree is closely aligned with the newfound Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT, iPhD is a degree designed primarily to support individually tailored PhD experiences, allowing students to actively participate in shaping their plan of study. HCD iPhD closely interfaces with a number of other on-campus programs, centers, institutes, and initiatives, including Center for Human-Computer Interaction, Music, Visual Arts, and ICAT.

Interdisciplinary audio-centric research including (but not limited to) design, composition, immersion, spatialization, maker, robotics, and interaction plays an important component of the iPhD degree. The program also offers highly competitive graduate assistantships. Students interested in iPhD should apply online via the graduate school portal at

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About HCD and Virginia Tech
HCD is the largest interdisciplinary iPhD program at Virginia Tech hosting a growing number of graduate students whose scholarly focus is on interdisciplinary audio-, music-, and multimedia-centric research. Students engaging in the program will have an opportunity to engage in the externally funded research, including NSF grants, entrepreneurship opportunities and industry partnerships (e.g. NASA), as well as the exploration of the unique Virginia Tech facilities, such as the $15M 1,600 sq.ft. 4-story Cube ( with a 140+ loudspeaker system capable of supporting all of the cutting edge spatialization algorithms, a 24-camera motion capture, multiple projection surfaces including a deployable cyclorama, and tetherless (backpack-based) VR/AR/MR solutions. Virginia Tech is also the home of the Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork,, Digital Interactive Sound & Intermedia Studio (DISIS), and as of fall 2017 of a newly nationally accredited Creative Technologies in Music undergraduate degree option that offers a unique mix of undergraduate technology-centric research, computer music, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Both graduate and undergraduate programs are designed to interface with the newly introduced Destination Areas, an array of campus-wide multi-million interdisciplinary initiatives, including the Creativity & Innovation. A rapidly growing number of Virginia Tech music, audio, and multimedia research interdisciplinary faculty group includes:

Dr. Ivica Ico Bukvic
Prof. Zach Duer
Prof. Michael Ermann
Dr. Ben Knapp
Dr. Eric Lyon
Dr. Charles Nichols
Dr. Michael Roan

For questions and application information please contact Dr. Ivica Ico Bukvic <>

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Ivica Ico Bukvic, D.M.A.
Associate Professor
Computer Music
ICAT Senior Fellow
Virginia Tech
School of Performing Arts – 0141
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-6139