Who We Are

Prof. David Anderson


David Anderson is Professor of Digital Humanities and Head of the Cultural Informatics Research Group. He has three main research interests: Data Preservation, the History of Computing and Para-consistent Reasoning: a way of overcoming the inability of computers to deal properly with inconsistent data based on classical logic. He is Project Quality Manager for the E-Ark project, a multinational big data research project that aims to improve the methods and technologies of digital archiving, in order to achieve consistency on a Europe-wide scale.

Prof. Janet Delve


Janet Delve is Professor of Digital Humanities, a field she has been researching for the last 20 years, developing fundamentally new methods/technologies to keep alive our digital cultural heritage: digital art, computer games or 3D models of archaeological sites. Her interests lie in digital archiving, using Big Data techniques for archiving databases. She is the Co-ordinator of the European Commission E-ARK project, developing a digital archiving infrastructure and standards for national archives, governments and business. She also researches using emulation to replicate old computing platforms as a digital preservation strategy.

Dr Jaime Kaminski - Publications


Jaime is an interdisciplinary Lecturer and Research Fellow who specialises in the study of the socio-economic impact of heritage. He began his career as an archaeologist and has a PhD in archaeology from the University of Reading (1995). He has a long-standing research interest in all aspects of the management of heritage sites, and their social, economic and environmental impact. His work for the Cultural Informatics Research Group includes aspects as diverse as heritage tourism, the sustainability of heritage sites and the impact of information and communication technologies in heritage. As part of this research activity he has co-developed numerous impact assessment and strategy models for heritage. Furthermore, he has conducted a great deal of research and consultancy in the field of social enterprise; in doing so becoming the University's first 'Commercial Fellow' in Social Enterprise. Jaime lectures on areas as diverse as business, heritage, geography and archaeology. He is a director of the VCC-3D (Virtual Competence Centre for 3D in cultural heritage), a founding member, and Head of Heritage Research at the Business School's CUBIST (Cultural Business: Impact, Strategy and Technology) research group; a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and an advisor to numerous heritage organizations, sites and projects.

Dr Andrew Wilson


Dr Andrew Wilson has a PhD is in Classical History from the University of Sydney. He is Senior Research Fellow on the European E-ARK project and on the ERASMUS+ project ROMOR. Andrew is a digital preservation and metadata specialist, and has experience in research data management. He worked for many years at the National Archives of Australia (NAA), developing metadata standards and managing the NAA’s digital preservation R&D project. Andrew has also worked as Manager of Preservation Services and Projects at the UK Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) at King’s College London.

While at AHDS, Dr Wilson led a number of UK tertiary sector digital preservation projects and contributed to important reports on aspects of digital preservation. He has been involved in various European digital preservation initiatives (eg. ERPANet), as a reviewer for the significant EU funded PLANETS projects. He has given many conference and workshop presentations on digital preservation and is an expert reviewer on digital preservation conference program committees and for digital preservation journals. Dr Wilson has taught online digital preservation subjects for the University of Washington iSchool, and at San José State University, and is currently an adjunct lecturer at Charles Sturt University in Australia, teaching recordkeeping and digital preservation subjects.

Dr Karina Rodriguez-Echavarria - Publications


Karina is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton. She obtained her Computer Systems Engineering degree from the ITESM, Mexico in 1999; her PhD at the University of Wolverhampton in the area of knowledge-based engineering in 2005 and an MA in Histories and Cultures at the University of Brighton in 2008. Karina has worked in several European projects researching in the areas of digital collections and 3D technologies for cultural heritage organisations producing research outputs in interdisciplinary areas such as computer graphics, information and knowledge management as well as cultural heritage. She is currently the Principal Investigator on the national EPSRC project “Automatic Semantic Analysis of 3D Content in Digital Repositories” (2014-2015). Her research interests include the documentation and visualisation of heritage collections, information and knowledge management of 3D artefacts, semantic technologies, 3D printing, and the practical aspects of deployment in the heritage sector. She serves in various international committees in these areas, and is currently Information Director for the ACM Journal in Computing and Cultural Heritage.

Dr Ran Song - Personal Webpage

Dr Ran Song is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Brighton. He obtained his BEng degree at Shandong University, China in 2005 and a PhD in Computer Vision at the University of York in 2009. Since then he has worked for RIVIC and TSB funded projects in the field of computer vision and graphics. His research interests include image/scan registration, Markov Random Field, vision-based geometric modelling, shape analysis and 3D surface reconstruction. He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed research papers, some of which appeared at top venues such as ACM TOG (SIGGRAPH), Pattern Recognition and CVPR. Recently he developed state-of-the-arts methods for mesh saliency detection and surface reconstruction from multiple range scans. He is a member of ACM SIGGRAPH and also involved in the RIVIC network.

Dr Roger Evans


Dr Roger Evans is a Reader in Computer Science in the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, a research team
leader in the Natural Language Technology Group, associate member of the Cultural Informatics Research Group and Research Strategy lead for Computing. His research explores applications of computer technology (knowledge representation, advanced algorithms, machine learning), particularly to problems which involve the use of natural (human) languages. Recent projects have focused on semantic metadata (design, acquisition, storage and application) in Digital Humanities and Cultural Informatics.

His official University page can be found at http://www.brighton.ac.uk/staff/dr-roger-evans.aspx

Clive Billenness


Clive Billenness is a Senior Research Fellow responsible for the day-to-day management of the European E-ARK project. He will shortly take up a new role leading work on Risk Management in a new EC project - E-RIHS. A Certified Information Systems Auditor, Clive has been involved in leading the management of European Projects in areas related to digital preservation for over 10 years and was the British Library’s European Project Management Specialist. Prior to that he spent another 15 years in various IT project-related roles at a number of organisations including the Audit Commission and KPMG. Clive is former Chairman and now Finance Director of the Best Practice User Group, which promotes best practice in Project, Programme and Risk Management.

Hilary Williams

Hilary Williams

Hilary Williams has a BA (Hons) degree in Modern Languages from the University of Bristol and a post graduate teaching degree. After an eclectic career working as a City broker, at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna and as a teacher, Hilary started working as a Project Manager in 2000 for various EC research projects at the Institute for Employment Studies, based at Sussex University.

Working in research administration at the University of Brighton since 2005, Hilary has previously participated in the EPOCH project and also the 150th anniversary project for the foundation of Brighton School of Art.

Dr Begoña Sanchez Royo


Begoña is a Marie Skodowska-Curie fellow and is the Principal Investigator of ICH-BILDUNG which aims to assess the impact of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) in formal, non-formal and informal education and its contribution to the Key Competences for Lifelong Learning in the European Union Reference Framework. Her research interests are focused on the complexity of assessing the value of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) in terms of social, economic and individual impacts. Begoña is also interested in Big Data applied to the field of cultural heritage and the ethical issues that arise with practical use of Data Mining techniques in the learning context within the cultural experience.

Dean Few

Dean Few

Dean Few received his BSc (Hons) degree in Computer Science at the University of Brighton, whilst working for the Schools ICT Support team at Brighton and Hove City Council. He started working for the Cultural Informatics Research Group in 2011 where he was supporting research for the 3D-COFORM project. He is actively involved in research for the procedural generation of Regency architecture. Other areas of research include the 3D scanning and analysis of cultural heritage artefacts, 3D scene handling and public display of data. His other interests include intelligent software and multi core and GPU programming.

In January 2017, Dean started his PhD as part of the SEAHA CDT.

Previous members

Prof. David Arnold - Publications


For the past 15 years Professor David Arnold has been leading research at the interface of technologies supporting the documentation and analysis of cultural heritage data. He has been the coordinator of two large EU projects since 2002, as Head of the Cultural Informatics Research Group. The first was the EPOCH (Network of Excellence in Processing Open Cultural Heritage) a project which involved 95 partners over 4 years and benefitted from €7.88M of EU support under contract no. IST-2002-507382). The second has been the 3D-COFORM project (Tools and Expertise for 3D Collection FORMation) – a large scale Integrating Project under FP7 which has involved 19 partners over 4 years since 2008 and an EU contribution €8.45M under grant agreement n° 231809; 2008-2012. See more details...

John Clinton


John has a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Warwick and has worked in teaching and research administration across the University since 1998 in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, the Natural Language Technology Group and the School of Architecture and Design. In addition, he provided support to the Programme on Innovation in the Built Environment at SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research :University of Sussex.

John has been the Project Manager for the Cultural Informatics Research Group since 2004. He is responsible for managing the administration of projects where the group has a lead or partner role including activities such as Governance, Financial Monitoring and Control, Project Management Monitoring and Reporting, liaising with project directors, partners, and funding bodies including the European Commission (EC) Project Officer on strategic and operational matters.

John is a founding member and the current chairperson of the European Community Project Managers Association (www.ecpma.eu) which aims to share experience and promote best practice in coordinating and managing European Framework Programme and Horizon 2020 projects.

Corinna Hattersley-Mitchell

Corinna Hattersley-Mitchell

Corinna has a BA (Hons) degree in Archaeology from the University of Liverpool and spent 4 years working as a field archaeologist before moving on to warmer, less physically demanding work! She has a Level 4 BTEC in Digital Imaging and is currently undertaking a part time MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Immediately prior to coming to work for the Cultural Informatics Group Corinna worked for a large charity as a Policy & Practice Adviser. Corinna joined the group in April 2012.