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The Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts (IDIA Lab) at Ball State University explores the intersection between the arts, science, and technology. Scholarly, creative and pedagogical projects investigate virtual reality, human computer interface (HCI), augmented reality, mobile apps, visualization and 3D simulation. IDIA Lab is virtual and augmented reality design studio that was funded through the Eli Lilly Foundation’s Digital Media Initiative as part of a $40 million dollar grant to the University. IDIA Lab’s research facilities include four distinct labs – including our new FulldomeLab for creating spherical immersive content. The labs’ faculty, staff and students develop projects in partnership with international clients in this innovative studio initiative investigating the forefront of emergent design and learning.

Virtual Meridian of Augustus: Presentation at the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Archeology

IDIA Lab virtual celestial simulator and 3D interpretation of the Meridian of August in ancient Rome. Project commissioned by the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory at Indiana University, directed by Bernard Frischer. Findings presented at the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Archeology in Rome Thursday December 19th, 2013 A Digital Simulation of the Northern Campus Martius in […]

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Mellon Foundation Humanities Virtual World Consortium

BSU’s IDIA Lab was contracted by the Mellon Foundation Humanities Virtual World Consortium to design and develop a major open source virtual world initiative for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage projects. The consortium – comprised of Kings College, London; UCLA; the University of Virginia and Trinity College, Dublin – turned to the expertise of BSU’s […]

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The History Channel’s The Universe, Ancient Mysteries Solved: Roman Engineering

For the season finale of its popular program “The Universe,” the History Channel is shining a spotlight on the work of virtual artists from Ball State University. The season finale episode of the documentary series, which aired May 23, explores how Roman emperors built ancient structures to align with movements of the sun. To confirm […]

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History Channel’s The Universe Features Virtual Stonehenge

IDIA Lab has developed a simulation of Stonehenge in Unity 3D which illustrates the various stages of construction and celestial alignments in an interactive virtual simulator. The project incorporates IDIA Lab’s CelestialEngine which uses NASA JPL data to accurately position the sun, moon and visible planets – correcting for changes in time in the Earth’s […]

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VBAM: VIRTUAL BROAD ART MUSEUM COMMISSION

Press Release View the VBAM project VBAM Introductory Lecture     [idia_gallery] [/idia_gallery] John Fillwalk and the Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts (IDIA Lab) at Ball State University were commissioned to design and build a virtual museum artworks for the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in East Lansing, MI. The physical Museum, was designed […]

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Virtual Hadrian’s Villa Launch at Harvard Center

[NEW] Hadrian’s Villa Canopus Virtual World (multi-player version): http://idialabprojects.org/hv/canopus/canopus_public.html Hadrian’s Villa Canopus Virtual World (single-player version): http://idialabprojects.org/hv/hvopening.html IDIA Lab has designed a virtual simulation of the villa of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site located outside of Rome in Tivoli, Italy. This project has been produced in collaboration with the […]

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Ball State University’s IDIA Lab is granted rights to Blue Mars virtual world technology from Avatar Reality

Ball State University’s IDIA Lab is granted rights to Blue Mars virtual world technology from Avatar Reality http://bit.ly/BSU_BlueMars Ball State granted rights to develop $10 million Blue Mars virtual world technology (3/5/2012) Ball State granted rights to develop $10 million Blue Mars virtual world technology (3/5/2012) A digital laser scan of a centuries-old Buddha (above) and […]

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NSF FUNDED VIRTUAL SIMULATION OF HADRIAN’S VILLA

IDIA Lab has designed a virtual simulation of the villa of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site located outside of Rome in Tivoli, Italy. This project is being produced in collaboration with the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory (VWHL) at the University of Virginia (UVA), directed by Dr. Bernard Frischer and […]

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The Firefly Effect

A virtual social installation by John Fillwalk, IDIA Lab and Jody Naderi, CAP This work, designed specifically for Nuit Blanche Toronto activates a locative field in which participants engage in dynamic social experience. Individual users of the app interact with a dynamic feedback system allowing them to find the cadence of a contemplative walk. Participants […]

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Old Planetarium + Cutting Edge Studio

OLD PLANETARIUM REVAMPED INTO CUTTING-EDGE STUDIO Months after the opening of the Charles W. Brown Planetarium, Ball State has found a new use for its almost 50-year-old predecessor. The dome-shaped room in the basement of the Cooper Science Complex has become a production facility dedicated to developing new shows for planetariums nationwide. “This is an […]

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