About the event

With generous funding from an anonymous donor and the National Science Foundation, and in close cooperation with the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Lazio, an international team has been creating a restoration model of Hadrian's Villa, a World Heritage Site, and the best-preserved imperial villa in the hinterland of Rome. The model includes terrain, gardens, water features, sculpture, buildings, furnishings, and avatars representing members of the imperial court. The IDIA Lab at Ball State University, a partner in the project, has taken the 3D model and ported it to the game engine, Unity3D, so that it is possible to explore the reconstructed villa interactively over the Internet. This talk will present the project, its history, goals, current state, and future prospects.