Chapter 5: University research labs evolve
The federal government and industries interested in the developing area of computer graphics saw the value of basic and applications research to obtain new solutions to problems that existed. Funding for these investigations became a priority, and universities around the world responded by supporting students and faculty. Dedicated laboratories were established, and academic programs grew out of these labs. Several of the early labs have already been discussed (Ohio State, University of Utah, Harvard and MIT). Several more can be considered instrumental in moving the discipline in the 1970s to an established industry beginning in the 1980s.