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.


TEI 2015 Costumes as Game Controllers Workshop

Going to be at TEI'15 this year?  Check out Katherine Isbister and Kaho Abe at the Costumes as Game Controllers Workshop.  The workshop will provide participants with a hardware kit for quickly protoyping wearable game… Read More…

Andy Nealen’s Tabletop Games of 2014

2014 is a year in which games and their mechanics were not so much invented or revolutionized, but rather expertly refined. We have seen a consolidation of mechanics, with many interesting re-combinations and hybrids. And,… Read More…

Can An App Help Teach Empathy and Mindfulness?

Visiting Researcher Anna Ly is creating an app that uses breath and storytelling to teach empathy and mindfulness to young kids. Today, educators are using mindfulness meditation techniques in schools to get kids to slow… Read More…


Keep up with the events happening in the Game Innovation Lab

Feburary 2015 Indie Dev/Unity Meetup featuring the Facebook Game Partnership

February 12 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

For February's Indie Dev/Unity Group meetup, join us for a talk with Facebook’s Game Partnership team! Topics: *Building Unity games for Facebook ( coming soon WebGL support ) *Parse as a backend technology to help… 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

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

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

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…