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Bernie Frischer

Professor of Informatics

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Contact Information

bfrische [at]
Informatics West, Room 200


  • Ph.D. in Classical Studies at Heidelberg University, 1975
  • B.A. in Classical Studies at Wesleyan University, 1971


Bernard Frischer came to IU in August 2013 after serving as a professor of Classics and Art History at the University of Virginia (2004-2013) and at UCLA (1976-2004). After training at Heidelberg University and the American Academy in Rome as a classical philologist and archaeologist in the 1970s, his interests evolved toward the application of computing to these disciplines with the advent of the personal computer in the 1980s. He served as one of the first directors of the UCLA Humanities Computing Facility (1987-88) and then was the founding director of the UCLA Cultural Virtual Reality Laboratory (1996-2004). Since 2009 he has directed the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory, which he founded at the University of Virginia and transplanted to IU in 2013. The mission of the lab is to apply 3D technologies to the study of historical cultures. Since 2012 he has been the founding editor of Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, the first journal dedicated to 3D modeling in the fields of palaeoanthropology and virtual heritage. He is the author, or co-author, of seven printed books, three e-books, and many articles on virtual heritage and on the Classical world and its survival.

Dr. Frischer has been a guest professor at the University of Pennsylvania (1993), the University of Bologna (1994), Beijing Normal University (2009), and he also held the post of professor-in-charge of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (2000-1).

Research Areas

  • Archaeoinformatics
  • Virtual Heritage
  • Virtual Worlds in teaching and research