Welcome to the Game Innovation Lab at the NYU School of Engineering, where we’ve been encouraging creativity and teamwork, and building innovative and playful experiences for our students, faculty, and visitors since 2011.

News

Fidget Widgets in the Wall Street Journal

Playing with a geometric puzzle or stress ball at your desk can seem like idle diversion. It may also spark clearer or more creative thinking. Certain kinds of hand movements have an impact on cognitive… Read More…

Games Move Us – An Exploration of Design Innovations that Lead to Player Emotions.

From the Interactive Media & Games Seminar Series; Katherine Isbister examines the new techniques that game designers and developers have added to the pantheon of media strategies for influencing how we feel while playing games…. Read More…

PHD Candidate Eddie Melcer Featured in PopSci!

Game designers spend years developing games to get players to this place. It’s what makes the difference between a hit game that fans play for hours on end and something they’re done with after 20… Read More…

Events

Keep up with the events happening in the Game Innovation Lab

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Indie Tech Talk 27: Jim Crawford

April 23 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Preserving a Sense of Discovery in the Age of Spoilers Description: For a child in the 1980s, playing a video game meant entering a world operating under confusing and effectively unknowable rules, in which anything… Read More…

Research Expo 2015

Research Expo 2015

April 24 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The 3rd Annual NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering Research Expo April 24, 2015 – 1 PM – 5 PM The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering invites you to the Third Annual Research Expo on April… Read More…

Quick Facts

We are:

Funded by the NSF, Microsoft, Yahoo, Bell Labs, and more

Designed to allow for both fluid, collaborative thinking and easy, fluid movement of surfaces and workstations

Home to interdisciplinary research and teaching

What is this
place?

GIL is an interdisciplinary graduate research lab. Our funded projects take games and turn them into an innovation challenge.  We work with industry partners, research facilities internationally, the NYC Board of Education and other groups,… Read More…

How can I
Participate?

If you have a project that could be a good fit the for Lab's research mission, drop us a line at games@poly.edu, and we'll get back to you with next steps. If you are a… Read More…

Information for
Visitors

We periodically host tours and research demos, as well as present a popular series of Indie Tech Talks and other game-related workshops. Stay tuned for information about our upcoming events Read More…