Ohio University

John Bowditch, M.A.

  • Director of the Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab
  • Instructor, Game Design and Development

Areas of Expertise

Augmented Reality
Game Design
Healthcare Simulation
Immersive Media
Video Games
Virtual Reality

Expert Bio

Bowditch is the Director and co-founder of the Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab in the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University (https://gridlab.ohio.edu). The GRID Lab was founded in 2004 with a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

The Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab, an initiative of Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication, was developed by faculty and staff to provide the Appalachian Ohio region with training, education, and an opportunity to develop technical and creative skills with digital game technology. The GRID Lab serves as an innovative and creative center for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff research and project development.

Professional Research highlights include funded projects from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Labor, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security – Central Ohio Urban Area Security Initiative, Ohio Board of Regents, Department of Education, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Better Lab, OhioHealth and other private entities. In 2008, John was the lead designer and inventor of the Immersive Video Intel Network (IVIN), a multi-tiered imaging technology that led to patent filings.  In 2011, IVIN received money from TechGROWTH Ohio to spin out of the university. John is the Principle Investigator of the Immersive Media Initiative. This initiative was one of four projects selected to receive Ohio University Innovation Strategy funds.  The University granted the GRID Lab $878,000 to execute the Immersive Media Initiative.

He is also the lead game design and development instructor in the School of Media Arts and Studies Games and Animation program. He has held this position since 2007.

Expertise at a Glance

Bowditch is an expert in virtual reality, game design, video games and augmented reality. He is the director and co-founder of the GRID Lab. He also focuses on creating virtual reality for games, healthcare and media.