Oliver Grau is a media art historian and lectures at the Department of Art History, Humboldt University in Berlin. He is a visiting professor at the Kunstuniversity Linz and is head of the German Science Foundation project on Immersive Art, also he is developing the first international data base resource for virtual art. He published widely and lectured in Europe, Japan, Brasil and the US. Oliver Grau is an elected member of the Young Academy of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW) and the Leopoldina. His research focuses on the history of illusion and immersion in media and art, the history of the idea and culture of telepresence and telecommunication, genetic art, and artificial intelligence.