Dr Konstantinos Papadopoulos
Chair of VHN: Ireland
Dr Konstantinos Papadopoulos (BA in History and Archaeology, MSc in Archaeological Computing – Virtual Pasts, PhD in archaeological computing): Costas is a Lecturer in Digital Cultural 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).
Deputy Chair of VHN: Ireland 2015
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.
Secretary of VHN: Ireland & Submissions and Reviewing Coordinator VHN: Ireland 2015
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.
Social Media, Communication and Outreach Officer
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.
Submissions and Reviewing Coordinator, VHN: Ireland 2015
Dara Fleming-Farrell has six years experience using a range of three-dimensional imaging techniques, including laser scanning, computed tomography, and photogrammetry, in archaeology and osteoarchaeology. She completed her BA at Trinity College Dublin where she read Ancient History and Archaeology and the History of Art and Architecture before completing an MSc in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. Her MSc dissertation focused on the use of three-dimensional CT images to examine trauma in forensic and archaeological skeletons. Dara is currently a final year PhD candidate in the Digital Arts and Humanities programme at Trinity College Dublin. Her doctoral research investigates the theoretical implications and practice applications of three-dimensional imaging to the study of evidence for interpersonal violence and warfare in archaeological skeletal assemblages.
Dr Frank Lynam
Dr Frank Lynam (BA in Ancient History and Archaeology and Italian, MPhil in Mesopotamian Archaeology, PhD in Digital Humanities). Frank is the senior developer at Noho Ltd. He has more than a decade of experience working in R&D in the technology sector. He completed his BA at Trinity College Dublin where he read Ancient History and Archaeology and Italian. He studied Mesopotamian archaeology and the archaeology of South Asia during his MPhil in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge, and he has a PhD in Digital Humanities from Trinity College Dublin. His research interests include the Archaeological Semantic Web, data visualisation and virtual worlds.
Niall O hOisin
Interpretive Centres and SMEs Liaison Officer, VHN: Ireland 2015
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.
Interpretive Centres and SMEs Liaison Officer, VHN: Ireland 2015
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.
Dr Christine Morris
Archaeology Liaison Officer, VHN: Ireland 2015
Treasurer VHN: Ireland
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.
Dr Paul Reilly
UK Virtual Heritage Liaison Officer, VHN: Ireland 2015
Dr Paul Reilly is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton. Dr Paul Reilly has published widely in archaeological computing, particularly in the field of visualisation and virtual archaeology. He has also worked and consulted extensively in the IT and Communications Industry. A former chair and life member of the international CAA organisation, his primary research interests today revolve around the relationship between archaeology in the field and its digital embodiment. In particular, how and where these digital embodiments are created, manipulated, transformed, presented, and interpreted, and the philosophical and social impacts of digital technology on our understanding of the nature of archaeology and how knowledge is represented in the digital. His most recent works explore the possibilities and implications of additive manufacturing to virtual archaeological theory and practice.
Interactive Presentations, Exhibitors and Sponsors Coordinator
John Buckley is an artist, researcher and educator, lecturing in 3D Modelling, Real-time Rendering and VFX on the BA in 3D Design, Modelmaking and Digital Art in IADT Dun Laoghaire, where he also supervises Masters by Research in Visual Arts Practice and Cyberpsychology. His practice is focused on virtual and augmented reality technologies, videogames and real-time visualisation and his research interests are in the philosophy, politics and modalities of perception in digital cultures. He is currently a doctoral researcher in the Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media (GradCAM), pursuing a PhD in the political economy of massively multiplayer online videogames and has published in the area of social media and immaterial labour. John graduated from NCAD with an MA in Fine Art Media and BA in Printmaking & History of Art.