People & Publications

Dr Alan Miller

Researchgate Publications

Alan Miller has been involved in the use of Virtual World technologies for Cultural Heritage for over 10 years. He is a member of the Open Virtual Worlds (OVW) research group at the University of St Andrews and co-CEO of Smart History, a spin-out company specialising in the application of emergent technologies to the promotion, interpretation and preservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage. Prior to that his research was focused around the complementary strands of real-time multimedia operating systems and technology-enhanced learning, so the move into Immersive Learning was quite natural. Current projects include “Virtual Binoculars” which support virtual tours of locations remote in time or space and as part of the EU-LAC Museums project the Open Virtual Worlds Group are working with Museums in Latin America and Europe to develop a virtual museum, which integrates the use of 3D environments, spherical and established media to enable the creation of engaging and groundbreaking exhibits. The Digi-tourist project of Northern Peripheries and Arctic Programme, OVW are working with museums in Norway, Iceland and Scotland to enable live, remote and interactive virtual reality tours.

Dr Alan Miller

Alan Miller has been involved in the use of Virtual World technologies for Cultural Heritage for over 10 years. He is a member of the Open Virtual Worlds (OVW) research group at the University of St Andrews and co-CEO of Smart History. Publications.

Dr Elizabeth Rhodes

Elizabeth (Bess) Rhodes specialises in Scottish history, and the use of new technologies to illustrate and explore the past. She holds a doctorate in history from the University of St Andrews. Publications.

Dr Iain Oliver

Iain Oliver has been involved in the use of Virtual World technologies for Cultural Heritage for over 10 years. He is a member of the Open Virtual Worlds (OVW) research group at the University of St Andrews. Publications.

Sarah Kennedy

Sarah Kennedy has been involved in the use of Virtual World technologies for Cultural Heritage for over 10 years. She specialises in the creation of virtual visualisation scenes and videos.

Dr Chris (CJ) Davies

CJ is CAA approved drone pilot and specializes in high quality photogrammetry, spherical imagery and videos.

Catherine Anne Cassidy

Catherine is a PhD candidate in the School of Computer Science researching technologies that preserve and promote heritage for communities and their museums. She specialises in digitisation, digital curation, and exhibit design. She holds a master’s degree in Museum and Gallery Studies (dist). Publications.

Dr Ishbel Duncan

Ishbel Duncan is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Computer Science, University of St Andrews. Ishbel does research in Computer Security and Testing and Evaluation as well as education. She currently supervises projects on virtual network isolation and, separately, ML for IDS and mobile payment security. Publications.

Lucy Hardie

Lucy Hardie has worked with the OVW team since the completion of her master’s degree in 2019. She specialises in character modelling and animations. 

Dr Perin Westerhof Nyman

Perin Westerhof Nyman specialises in Scottish history and the history of dress and textiles. She is also a professional dressmaker and visual artist, and has extensive experience designing and constructing historical clothing and related material culture for museums and education. Publications.

Dr Chelsea Reutcke

Chelsea Reutcke specialises in the religious and book history of early modern Britain, particularly Catholic print culture. She uses sources to visualise networks and map the use of, and changes to, space. She has extensive experience in teaching and public engagement with museums.

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