Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts
+Info - IDIA Lab


Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts [IDIA Lab]

Ball State University

College of Architecture and Planning, AB021A

Muncie, IN 47306

VM/Office: +1.765.285.7434

Lab: +1.765.285.4325






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Driving Directions



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.



2009 ACUTA Award for Institutional Excellence. Blackboard/SL. Altlanta, GA

2008 Blackboard Greenhouse Grant for Virtual Worlds.

2008 Campus Technology Innovators Award for Virtual Worlds Learning.

2007 Harvest Moon Film Festival. Best Short Film.

2007 Drunken Boat First Annual Panliterary Video Award. Hartford, CT


+Clients + Partners

Mellon Foundation
National Science Foundation
Virtual World Heritage Laboratory at University of Virginia
National Endowment for the Humanities
Kings College
Trinity College
English Heritage
University of Huddersfield
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
Michigan State University
Technische Universität Dortmund
Avatar Reality
Apple iOS
Reaction Grid
Quest 3D
Cycling 74
MS Surface
AvayaLive Engage



2012 IMAGEM-CONTATO/TACTILE-IMAGE Festival in Sao Paulo, Brasil

2012 Invitation by the China National Science and Technology Museum for Biennial Art and Science Exhibition. Beijing, China.

2012 Commission for Virtual Broad Museum of Art. Zaha Hadid, architect. Director, Michael Rush.

2012 Indian Institute of Technology. Mumbai, India.

2011 The 24th Festival Les Instants Vidéo 2011. France., Milan, Italy, Mexico, Cuba, and India.

2010 ICMC: International Computer Music Conference. (June) New York, NY.

2010 SIGGRAPH 2010. Art Gallery. Los Angeles, CA.

2010 Indian Institute of Technology. Mumbai, India

2010 Intermedia Festival. Indiana University / Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN

2009 Dutch Design Week. Philips High Tech Campus. Eindhoven, Netherlands.

2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival. Hybrid Reality Installation for Faneuil and Carillon.

2009 SEAMUS: Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States. Installation.

2009 Villagio Fogiliano Festival delle Arti. Installation. Roma and Latina, Italy.

2009 New Media Caucus @Space Exhibition at College Art Association. Los Angeles, CA.

2008 SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 New Horizons Art Conference and Exhibition. Singapore.

2008 ISIMD: 6th International Symposium of Interactive Media Design. Istanbul, Turkey.

2008 404Festival. International Festival of Electronic Art. Trieste, Italy and Basel, Switzerland.

2007 VIDEOFORMES. 22nd International Video Art and New Media Festival. Competition Finalist for Prix de la Création Vidéo 2007. Clermont-Ferrand, France.

2006 Galerie Paris-Sud. Video screening. Paris, France.

2005 VIDEOFORMES. 20th International Video Art and New Media Festival. Clermont-Ferrand, France.

2005 9th Annual Friesland Media Art Festival. Leeuwarden, Friesland. Netherlands.

2005 4th Salón de Arte Digital. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo. Maracaibo, Venezuela.

2005 Spark: Festival of Electronic Music and Art. Weisman Museum of Art. MN.

2005 404 International Festival of Electronic Art, Rosario, Argentina.

2005 Synthese 2005: 35th International Festival of Electronic Music and Art. International de Musique Electroacoustique, Bourges, France.

2005 26th Annual New Music & Art Festival. BGSU. Bowling Green, Ohio.


+Presentations + Papers

2012 Paper presentation: 18th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia Virtual Systems in the Information Society,
Milan, Italy, 2-5 September 2012

2012 Keynote: Blur Conference. Human Computer Interaction. November 15-16 in Broomfield, CO

2012 Paper and Panel. Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. Southampton, UK

2011 Paper presentation. Cultural Heritage and New Technologies. Vienna, Austria

2011 Form from Thought Symposium. Panel with Christiane Paul, Michael Rush, Ken Feingold and Adam Brown. Michigan State University.

2010 Milan Innovation Festival. Virtual keynote on MUVEs. Milan, Italy

2010 New Media and Interactivity Conference. Istanbul, Turkey.

2010 8th International Symposium of Interactive Media Design. Istanbul, Turkey.

2010 11th Annual Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference. University of North Carolina.

2009 Lecture: Hybrid Art Forms. University of Campinas, Brazil.

2009 Lecture: Virtual Design. Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2009 Sigradi. Iberoamerican Society of Digital Graphics. Annual Congress. Presentation and paper. Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2009 Fachhochschule Kiel. Virtual lecture. Kiel, Germany.

2009 ISEA. International Society for Electronic Art. Presentation. Belfast, IE.

2009 Blackboard World. Washington, DC. Presentation.

2009 Second Life College Fair 2009. Presentation on Hybrid Worlds Learning.

2009 American Planning Association IN Chapter. Fall Meeting. Fishers, IN.

2009 Indiana Council for Support and Advancement of Education State Conference.

2009 Archimuse: Museums and the Web. Indianapolis, IN. Presentation. Paper.

2009 New Media Consortium: New Media and Learning Conference. Presentation.

2009 Mardigras Conference for Virtual Worlds. Lafayette, LA. Presentation. Paper.

2008 Campus Technology Conference. Boston, MA. Presentation.

2008 Blackboard Developers Conference. Presentation. Las Vegas, NV.

2008 Virtual Worlds in Education Conference, East Carolina University. National Virtual Conference. Presentation.

2008 International Digital Media and Arts Association Savannah, GA. Presentation.

2008 New Media Consortium: Rock the Academy. National Virtual Conference

2008 Design Communication Conference. Atlanta, GA. Paper.

2007 Curator: Engaging Technology: A History and Future of Intermedia. Ball State University Museum of Art.

2006- Board of Directors: Hans Breder Foundation.

2005 Hewlett Packard Artists and Animators of the Future Council. SIGGRAPH 05. Los Angeles, CA.