Dr Konstantinos Papadopoulos
Chair of VHN: Ireland
Costas is a Lecturer in Digital Heritage at An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University. He specialises in 3D visualisation methods and technologies for recording, capturing, researching, and disseminating archaeological and cultural heritage data. In particular, his research, teaching and publications to date are primarily related to digital reconstructions, formal three-dimensional analyses of past built spaces, light in archaeology, Augmented Reality, and Computational Imaging, examining both the practical aspects of modern technologies and the theoretical dimension of such approaches. He has published his work in a monograph, edited volumes, conference proceedings and academic journals. His most recent edited volumes are: Thinking beyond the Tool: Archaeological Computing and the Interpretive Process (2012, Archaeopress) and Archaeological Research in the Digital Age (2015, IMS-Forth). He is currently working on the Oxford Handbook of Light in Archaeology (Oxford University Press).
Eimear is a final year PhD student in University College Dublin’s School of Archaeology where her research uses visualisation techniques to explore the role of choice as a driver of social change in Neolithic island societies, both in Europe and the Mediterranean. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin (BA Ancient History and Archaeology and Spanish), Glasgow University (MPhil Mediterranean Archaeology) and University College Dublin (MA Cultural Policy and Arts Management), she has worked in both commercial and research archaeology for the last ten years and, having focused largely on archaeological theory in earlier postgraduate work, has spent the last number of years considering how virtual worlds can be used to engage with and enhance existing theoretical approaches to the materiality of production and construction in the prehistoric world.
Dr Christine Morris
Dr Christine Morris (BA Classics; PhD Classical Archaeology) is the Andrew A. David Associate Professor of Greek Archaeology and History at Trinity College Dublin. Her main area of research and archaeological fieldwork is the Aegean Bronze Age. Her interests in digital technologies in archaeology relate to work on Cretan peak sanctuaries; these include the use of GIS as a tool for intra-site analysis of the ritual assemblage, and an ongoing project ‘Figures in 3D: digital scanning of clay figurines from Cretan Bronze Age peak sanctuaries.’ As well as using 3D representations and prints as a research/study tool, she is interested in how different modes of representation affect the relationship between researcher and object, and other consumers (students, wider public) and object.
Anthony Corns graduated in Geology & Physical Geography BSc (Hons.) and MSc In GIS from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1997 and 1999 respectively. Has been the Technology Manager for the Discovery Programme for the past 15 years and is responsible for the management of the applied technology research, including: project management, 3D data capture at a range of levels (aerial lidar, terrestrial scanning, close range scanning), GIS for cultural heritage, dataset set management and archiving, metadata, promotion and dissemination of the use of technology within cultural heritage. He has participated in several EU funded projects including: 3D-ICONS (CIP), ARIADNE (FP7), LoCloud (CIP), and ArchaeoLandscapes Europe (Culture 2007-2013) and is currently a member of the DARIAH-Ireland steering committee and the CARARE Network.
Karolina Badzmierowska completed her MA in History of Art and Architecture at University of Limerick, Ireland and BA in Art History at the University of Gdansk, Poland. She is currently in her 3rd year of the Structured PhD Programme in Digital Arts and Humanities in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin, where she was awarded Postgraduate Research Studentship in 2013. Karolina’s doctoral research explores digital methodologies in art history with a focus on the concepts of thematic research collections and virtual research environments. Her case study is based on the 17th century Dutch paintings of church interiors and investigates application of digital tools and methodologies in art historical research. She is particularly interested in virtual reconstruction of the church interiors from the paintings as a method used to analyse the perspective and its distortions. Her career to date combines strong interests in digital humanities, art history and museum studies and the experience acquired at the Hunt Museum in Limerick and the National Museum of Ireland. She is currently working as a Workflow and Communication Coordinator for the Letters of 1916, the first public humanities project in Ireland.
Gary Dempsey is an archaeology and 3D Designer working with RealSim Ltd. RealSim are producers of highly realistic interactive and passive 3D simulations of the world around us, which include applications for historical environment re-construction, marine simulation, and urban planning.
Gary has a background in Heritage Studies (BA. Hons. Galway Mayo Institute of Technology) and Irish Studies (MA Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway). Working as the Education Officer at the archaeological complex of Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon he developed a greater interest in 3D recording techniques, Kite Aerial Survey (KAP) and archaeological landscape studies. In 2013 Gary was accepted to join the first group of students on the International Heritage Visualisation (MSc.) course at the Digital Design Studio, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland.
His research on historical graffiti using RTI and Photogrammetry has lead to his role as Coordinator for both the Roscommon Cross Slab Project (Roscommon3D) and Galway 3D citizen science projects, designed to involve community groups in the creation of digital museums.
Niall O hOisin
Niall is founder and Managing Director of Noho. Noho are specialist producers of captivating digital experiences for museum, corporate, and broadcast clients. Niall studied History and History of Art in UCD before training in computer animation and graphics. Niall began working in the Post Production industry in 1994 and has been at the forefront of the computer graphics industry in Ireland for the past 20 years, working in Screenscene (Head of 3D) and The Farm (Head of Graphics) before setting up Noho. Niall combines his technical and creative background in broadcast graphics, commercials and animation with his training and interest in history and history of Art. Niall is a founding member of the FP7-funded Virtual Museum Transnational Network (V-MusT); a European network of museum professionals, researchers and content providers. Through participation in this network he keeps abreast of innovations and new discoveries in this field.
Ordinary Members of the Standing Committee
Dr David Monaghan
Robin has been lecturing in the Department of Architecture at Waterford Institute of Technology since 2001. In 2013, Robin and two of his colleagues, founded the BIMC Research Group, with the intention of conducting applied research for industry in the subject areas of BIM Technologies and BIM practices. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Digital Design Hub at the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) where his research is focused on re-interpreting the built heritage via the medium of virtual environments.