Oliver Grau lectured in numerous parts of the world, received various awards and is widely published. Grau is an art historian and professor for Image Science at Danube University. He is head of the German Science Foundation project Immersive Art. Since 1999 he is developing with his team the first international Archive of Digital Art: www.virtualart.at
His research focuses on the history of immersion and emotions the history, idea and culture of telepresence, genetic art, and artificial life. Grau is an elected member of the Young Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences.
Recently he was director of Refresh! First International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology, Banff 2005.
Recent publications: Virtual Art: From Illusion to Immersion, MIT-Press 2003. (4th print) and Mediale Emotionen, Frankfurt 2005; Oliver Grau (Ed.): MediaArtHistories, MIT Press 2007: http://www.mediaarthistories.org/pub/mediaarthistories.html