Research Lab on Visualization, Digital TV/Cinema, and Games “Technological innovation and education emerging from the convergence of visualization, digital entertainment, games, and simulation”

ICAD/VisionLab – (Laboratory of Visualization, Digital TV/Cinema, and Games) is a Research & Development center in the Department of Informatics/PUC-Rio that promotes technological innovation based on the convergence of visualization, digital entertainment, games, and simulation, and investigates new models of education supported by digital media technology.

ICAD/IGames – (Laboratory of Intelligent CAD and Games) is a division of VisionLab dedicated to research & development in Games. It was founded by Bruno Feijó in 1989 with the main emphasis on CAD and Computer Animation. Only in 2002, after the academy started accepting Games as serious computing, the name of the Lab added the term Intelligent Games.

Only recently, games and other digital entertainment applications were recognized as serious computing and a forum where the most difficult challenges in computer science converge. These challenges are due to the real-time requirements found in simulation. Games are an interdisciplinary area involving computer graphics, artificial intelligence, multimedia, computer animation, networks, … . Also games are more than mere entertainment boxes. Games have an enormous potential for applications in industry, education, defense, and visualization. The so called Serious Games are a new strategic area

ICAD/IGames has the following objectives

  • Integrate all technological fields involved in game development, such as Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, Image Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Software Engineering and Internet;
  • Create new ideas and concepts for digital entertainment;
  • Become a reference center for training and education in digital entertainment;
  • Develop tools for game production both in high-end consoles/PCs and mobile devices.


ICAD/VisionLab, DI/PUC-Rio
Ed. Pe. Belizario, Térreo
R. Marquês de São Vicente, 225
Gávea – Rio de Janeiro RJ – BRAZIL
Cep 22453-900

Phone: (+55 21) 3527-1500 ext 4534 / 4533

Departamento de Informática – PUC–Rio