James Oliverio has served as Director of the Digital Worlds Institute at the University of Florida since January 2001, with full professorships in both Digital Arts & Sciences and in Music. Previously he served as Composer in Residence at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and also as Founding Director of AudioLab in the Graphics, Visualization and Usability (GVU) Center in the Georgia Tech College of Computing.
As Director of Digital Worlds, special recognition includes the International Digital Media and Arts Association (IDMAA) 2008 Award for the "Most Innovative Program", the Inaugural "Peoria Prize for Creativity" (2005) for producing the globally distributed performing arts collaboration entitled "Hands Across the Ocean" and the "Most Courageous and Creative" Award in the High Bandwidth Challenge at the 2001 global SuperComputing Conference.
Oliverio holds five Emmy Awards from the Atlanta chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his original soundtracks, along with numerous national grants and commissions. In addition to performances of his orchestral scores by ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra and the symphonies of Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Columbus, Oliverio has produced for and collaborated with Jazz @ Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He served as Artistic Consultant on a number of projects with Wynton Marsalis, including the Millennial commission of "All Rise", which premiered with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Oliverio’s work in real-time globally distributed performing arts has been featured on CNN International and the BBC.