Oliver Grau was appointed in 2005 the first Chair Professor of Image Science in the German speaking countries at the Danube University Krems. His books include Virtual Art: From Illusion to Immersion, Cambridge/Mass., MIT Press 2003; Mediale Emotionen, Frankfurt 2005; MediaArtHistories, MIT Press 2007 and Imagery in the 21st Century, MIT-Press 2011.
His main research is in the history of media art, immersive images, and images and emotions, as well as the history, idea and culture of telepresence and artificial life. Grau's book Virtual Art. From Illusion to Immersion, MIT Press (2003 book of the month Scientific American), offered for the first time a historic comparison and evolution in image-viewer theory of immersion as well as a systematic analysis of the triad of artist, artwork and beholder under the conditions of digital art. He was invited to more than 200 lectures world wide, is translated in 12 languages and received numerous awards. Grau has chaired various research projects in the field of media art research supported by DFG, BMBF, VW, etc. he conceived new scientific tools for Image Science/digital humanities: the Archive of Digital Art financed by German Research Foundation (DFG), the text platform for the field of media art histories, which is dispersed over several disciplines and Goettweig Graphic Print Collection Online, Austria's largest private graphic collection that contains 30,000 works, from Duerer to Klimt. Grau developed new international curricula for Image Science MA and MediaArtHistories MA. Grau was founding director of Refresh! First
International Conference on the History of Media Art, Science and Technology, Banff 2005, Berlin 2007, Melbourne 2009, Liverpool 2011, Riga 2013.