Global warming at the end of the last Ice Age led to the inundation of vast landscapes that had once been home to thousands of people. These lost lands hold a unique and largely unexplored record of settlement and colonisation linked to climate change over millennia.
Within the Europe's Lost Frontiers project, researchers in the fields of archaeo-geophysics, molecular biology and computer simulation are seeking to explore the past environments, ecological change and the transition between hunter gathering societies and farming in the inundated land of the southern North Sea - Doggerland.
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Project Lead - Computer Modelling
Professor Eugene Ch’ng is the founder and director of the NVIDIA Joint-Lab on Mixed Reality, an NVIDIA Technology Centre based at the University of Nottingham’s China campus. He graduated with a best PhD award from the Electronics, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Birmingham in 2007. He has served at the IBM Visual and Spatial Technology Centre and the Digital Humanities Hub as director of innovation at the University of Birmingham. Prof. Ch’ng has been invited twice to the Royal Society, presenting research at the Summer Science Exhibition, and was organiser and speaker at the Royal Society Theo Murphy Scientific meeting in 2017. Prof. Ch’ng works on digital reconstruction, storage and sharing of cultural heritage, using digital technologies and data science for understanding the co-existence between the physical and the virtual, and how virtual environments influence user behaviours. His digital and virtual heritage works has been exhibited at the recent British Council SPARK Festival, British Science Festivals, at the Orkney International Science Festival, and digital art for Darwin’s Bicentenary Exhibition. His works has also been featured in numerous international media such as National Geographic Television and Channel Four’s Time Team Special. Prof. Ch’ng is co-editor-in-chief for MIT Press’ Presence: Teleoperators & Virtual Environments, and presently serves on conference technical and scientific programme committees such as VSMM, DigitalHeritage, and DS-RT. He is PI and Co-I on numerous grants on digital cultural heritage supported by The Leverhulme Trust, the ERC, AHRC, Zhejiang Science and Technology, and the recently awarded Silk Road heritage database crowdsourcing project. As one of the global consultant for the V&A’s ReACH programme (Reproduction of Art & Cultural), he participated in the review and redraft of Henry Cole’s 1867 Charter and technical policy, and provided sustainable solutions for digital heritage. Prof. Ch’ng was awarded the Ningbo Municipal Individual 3315 Talent award in 2015.
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