The Interdisciplinary Design environments for Engineering and Architecture laboratory (IDeEA lab) is led by Professor Jules Moloney and provides a home base for staff with expertise in digital technology including Dr Anastasia Globa (parametric design), Dr Rui Wang (virtual reality), Dr Chin Koi Khoo (physical computing) and Jesse Simpson (developer). The lab has a suite of high performance computers, stereographic video projection, 7.1 surround sound, oculus rift VR and state of the art 3D modelling and simulation software.
The objectives are to provide multiple proof-of-concept and pilot studies that can underpin larger funded research projects in collaboration with the School of Engineering, other Deakin researchers and Industry partners. Current projects include big data visualization, the use of serious games for sustainable design education, hybrid environmental-media facades, carbon fibre – timber composite structures and simulation environments for zero-energy buildings based on integral sustainable design theory.
The IDeEA lab is open to inquiries from prospective PhD students interested in architecture and engineering applications of digital technology.