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The Research Team

The Skenographia Project research team, based, since September 2005, in the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King's College London, consists of:

  • Professor Richard Beacham (Director, King's Visualisation Lab)
  • Dr. Hugh Denard (Associate Director)
  • Drew Baker (Senior Research Fellow)
  • Martin Blazeby (Senior Research Fellow)

Beginning in 1996, the team has worked on a series of projects, modelling historic spaces; collecting, collating and presenting associated datasets; and developing sophisticated user-interfaces for accessing, manipulating, and investigating research results.

As the leaders of an eight-partner, international consortium funded by the EU, they completed THEATRON: an large-scale, inter-disciplinary project that researched and created computer models of some 25 historic European theatres, which they published, together with elaborate supporting data, through an online interface for educational users. THEATRON is freely available online, and continues to evolve, most recently into the Second Life environment (THEATRON 3).

The team also worked on the Leverhulme- and AHRB-funded Pompey Project, an extensive programme of research into the city of Rome's first stone theatre and, in collaboration with the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Durham, is currently leading an AHRC-funded investigation of "The Body and Mask in Ancient Theatre Space".

With artist-in-residence, Mike Takeo Magruder, King's Visualisation Lab also develops online 3d technologies supporting the creation of New Media Art.

KVL hosts 3DVisA: a national network supporting academics in the arts and humanities the use of digital visualisation and, through the London Charter initiative, is centrally involved in developing international standards for the use of computer-based visualisation in cultural heritage.

For more information, please see the King's Visualisation Lab website.