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i-DAT’s underpinning research concerns are making ‘data’ generated by human, ecological, economic and societal activity tangible and readily available to the public, artists, engineers and scientists for artistic expression with a cultural and / or a social impact. It involves designing and constructing networked sensors and software platforms that focus on the significance that harvesting, processing and the manifestation of data can play in contemporary culture.

i-DAT has developed an open infrastructure for ‘harvesting’ and visualising data to support collaborative interdisciplinary projects in environmental, social and cultural contexts. Framed as a series of ‘Operating Systems’ this research contributes to the strategic activities of not-for-profit, public, private and community sectors, including Arts Council England, Plymouth City Council, UNESCO Biosphere and World Heritage Sites. Through i-DAT’s National Portfolio Organisation status, this research delivers significant audience numbers, residencies, commissions and new work.The Programme has five core strands:

This practice-based approach engages pragmatically with people, communities and institutions through collaborative and participatory design methods and has been supported by a range of grant funding. i-DAT explores the use of digital technologies to evaluate and measure the impact of human activity by building real-time models that incorporate quantitative and qualitative metrics.

i-DAT’s Operating Systems and Projects provide a rich context for Full Time and Part Time research students from a variety of disciplines, who can either engage with these major initiatives or build their research activity grounded in their own creative practice.

i-DAT manages the development of the Immersive Vision Theatre, delivering shows, productions and research into immersive fulldome environments. Further information can be found here:

i-DAT’s core supervisory team have over 40 PhD completions in a broad range areas, such as software development, education/play, architecture and performance. Supervisory teams are drawn from collaborating research groups (such as Art and Sound, Geography, Robotics) and i-DAT contributes to supervisory teams in the Planetary Colegium Nodes. Located in the Arts Institute i-DAT interacts with and contributes to research initiatives in the Sustainable Earth Institute and the Cognition Institute.

PGR Applications:

If you are interested in applying to i-DAT for a MRes, ResM or MPhil/PhD please contact:

Your application and research ambitions can be discussed along with funding opportunities. It is advisable to do this well in advance of the formal application as funding rounds are often time critical and require a considerable amount of preparation. Your research project can be discussed in detail and arrangements for an appropriate supervisory team and interview can be made. You are welcome to visit the University to discuss your research aspirations.

Applications for Post Graduate Research are made through the Plymouth University Postgraduate Application process using the form linked below, along with information concerning the application process and University admissions policy.

PGR Application details here…


AHRC 3D3 Consortium: i-DAT contributes to the Arts and Humanities Doctoral Training Centre in the Faculty of Art, Plymouth University ( In collaboration with University of the West of England (lead) and Falmouth University, Plymouth University has been successfully awarded a Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT). The studentship places will be advertised by the CDT on an annual basis, and studentship will be awarded on open competition.

and recently:

CogNovo: i-DAT contributes to the Cognition Institute and a partner in the CogNovo Project is a multi-national doctoral training network that offers research training in Cognitive Innovation, both as a new field of scientific investigation and as a strategy for research and innovation. EU FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network (FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN-IDP 604764; 2013-17 €4.1m) “CogNovo: Cognitive Innovation”. Using creative technologies to promote behaviour change.

ALErT Project: i-DAT is also involved in PhD supervision of the ALErT Project developing immersive geological simulations with Professor Iain Stewart on the EU FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network (FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN-IDP 607996; 2013-17).


i-DAT Research Workshops:

The i-DAT Research Workshops build on the heritage of a series of practice based production workshops, seminars and symposia. These include: Scale Electric, Far Away So Close, AHO+Bartlett=i-DAT, etc.

These workshops critically and playfully engage with themes, technologies and behaviours which form the symptoms manifest in the individual and collective practices of the i-DAT research community. This includes the newly formed VR/IVT Research Group.