The CCT Cultural Computing Focus Area explores how computational science technologies and infrastructures can benefit the arts, humanities and social sciences. Creating, preserving, and understanding cultural heritage in the digital age has several profound challenges that range from theories about how and why people adopt (or don't adopt) information technologies to the preservation of digital arts. Research in this area centers around three critical domains: digital arts, virtual worlds and technology adoption. The Laboratory for Creative Arts and Technologies is a crucial part of research in this area.
Cultural Computing also sponsors outreach activities that try to build new communities around cross-cutting research domains. The Computing the Arts & Humanities Lecture Series and the Virtual Worlds Research Group both try to support research activities within these areas and create an environment where collaborators can get together and explore new ideas.