What We Do


Our research focuses on technical areas, including 3D digitisation technologies, virtual environments, archives and collections management systems, web and museum based interactive applications and language technologies; and non-technical areas, including testing, economic and social impact evaluation in support of the development of the cultural heritage sector and its opportunities in tourism, entertainment and education.

Centres for Doctoral Training
The University of Brighton is to benefit from a share in £350m of new funding announced to support postgraduate Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT). The funding, awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), will finance new Centres, including the Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA). The centre is a collaboration run jointly by three universities, led by UCL, with the universities of Oxford and Brighton in collaboration with the Cultural Informatics Research Group, which will pioneer a new work model to nurture at least 60 heritage scientists and engineers, for possible career paths in heritage, industry and policy.

Automatic Semantic Analysis of 3D Content in Digital Repositories
This project aims to demonstrate the use of 3D technologies for documenting and semantically enriching 3D content based on shape analysis in the cultural heritage domain. This project is funded by EPSRC, grant ref. EP/L006685/1. It will run from August 2014 to February 2016.

The 3D-COFORM consortium has one over-riding aim: to establish 3D documentation as an affordable, practical and effective mechanism for long term documentation of tangible cultural heritage. In order to make this happen the consortium is highly conscious that both the state of the art in 3D digitisation and the practical aspects of deployment in the sector must be addressed. Hence 3D-COFORM proposed an ambitious program of technical research, coupled with practical exercises and research in the business of 3D to inform and accelerate the deployment of these technologies to good effect. The official site is www.3d-coform.eu

Please see our Reshaping History Exhibition web site which demonstrates research achieved during the 3D-COFORM project.

The Cultural Informatics Research Group contributes to the European Commission’s V-MUST.NET (Virtual Museums Transnational Network) Network of Excellence. Funded under FP7 (Grant Agreement 270404) the Network of Excellence that aims to provide the heritage sector with the tools and support to develop Virtual Museums that are educational, enjoyable, long-lasting and easy to maintain. V-MUST.NET includes 18 partners from 13 different Countries and runs between 2011 and 2015. Jaime Kaminski is an activity leader for V-MUST.NET where he assesses the socio-economic impact of virtual museums and develops business models for their sustainability.

Heritage vehicle research
The Cultural Informatics Research Group has conducted research and impact assessment on the heritage vehicle sector in association with the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) and the Historic Vehicle Research Institute (HVRI). Economic impact studies have been conducted for the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (2010), the Beaulieu International Autojumble (2012), the Goodwood Revival Festival (2012) and the 4th European Austin Healy meeting in Crieff, Scotland (2013). A major new study will be undertaken in July 2014 to assess the economic impact of the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Previous research


Jaime Kaminski is currently module leader for the ‘Ancient societies’ first year module (AQ101) which is part of the “Geography with archaeology” BSc course run by the School of environment and Technology.

Jaime will also be module leader for the following forthcoming modules on the ‘Geography with archaeology’ course.

The ‘Archaeology of Roman Britain’ module (AQ302), year 3.
The ‘Archaeological heritage’ module (AQ321), year 3.
The ‘Humans and the environment’ module (AQ301), year 3.