Bob Nideffer


Bob Nideffer holds a Ph.D. in Sociology (1994) and an MFA in Computer Arts (1997), both from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1998 he was hired as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at the University of California, Irvine. The following year he was jointly appointed in the Department of Informatics within the School of Information and Computer Science. He was made a tenured Associate Professor at UCI in 2002, and a Full Professor in 2008.

In 1999 he founded the Game Culture and Technology Lab, which went on to raise well over $5,000,000 in sponsored research grants with a variety of academic, federal, and international partners, including the NEA, Sun Microsystems, Alias Wavefront, Intel, the Buckminster Fuller Institute, the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, the UC Humanities Research Institute, the San Francisco Symphony, the city of Daegu, Korea, and many others. In 2005 he founded an undergraduate program in Game Culture and Technology within the School of Information and Computer Science, and the School of the Arts. From 2005-2007 he was Co-Director, and from 2007-2009 Director, of the Art Computation Engineering (ACE) Graduate program, housed between the School of the Arts, the School of Information and Computer Science, and the School of Engineering.

He has been exhibited at a variety of national and international art venues including the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte in Spain; the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, California; the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the 2002 Whitney Biennial. He has spoken about his work in a wide range of venues both inside and outside the academy. His projects have been discussed in major media outlets including books, journal articles, television, the internet, film and radio.

In 2013 he joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) where he serves as Head of the Department of Arts.