Expertise

Our staff have decades of experience of seismic analysis, mapping, MAS, environmental modelling, 3D modelling and animation including scene design and real-time characters for games and movies, physics simulation, particle and fluid rendering, virtual environments, games development, large and small scale multi-layered agent-based modelling and simulation, interactive digital media, development for multitouch devices, electronics, and pervasive computing.

   Eamonn Baldwin | Geophysics and Surface Modelling

Eamonn Baldwin is GIS and Surface Modelling Project Manager and is responsible for VISTA's Geophysics division. Since successfully completing an MA in Landscape Archaeology and Geomatics in the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity, Birmingham, he has acquired extensive experience in the archaeological application of geomatics in both research and commercial environments. While working for the British School in Rome and two of the UK's leading field units, he had the opportunity to manage, direct and undertake archaeological fieldwork throughout England and central Italy. In particular, he specialises in a range of archaeological survey methods, which include geophysical survey (magnetometer, resistance and GPR), topographical survey (DGPS and Total station) and standing building recording and appraisal (measured survey and 3D laser scanning), as well as in the integration and management of spatial data in GIS and CAD systems for analytical purposes or heritage management. His research interests lie in the investigation, interpretation and presentation of archaeological landscapes through modern technology, and in the archaeology of the central Mediterranean.

 

email: e.p.baldwin@bham.ac.uk
phone: +44 (0)121 415 1041

   Dr Henry Chapman | Director

Dr Henry Chapman is Director of VISTA, specialising in GIS and the applications of the spatial technologies within landscape archaeology. His research interests focus on these applications within wetland archaeology and later prehistory. Recent projects include the Predictive Modelling of Archaeological Site Locations in Raised Mires, GIS modelling and excavations of the Iron Age enclosures at Sutton Common (South Yorkshire), the synthesis of the Where Rivers Meet project (Staffordshire), the excavation and GIS-based modelling of the late Neolithic Hatfield Trackway and Platform (South Yorkshire), and the investigation of the Beccles Iron Age Triple Post Alignment (Suffolk). He is also currently involved in the GIS Landscapes of Southwest Turkey project with Dr Warren Eastwood. Previously, Henry has worked for the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England and the University of Hull.

 

email: h.chapman@bham.ac.uk
phone: +44 (0)121 414 5563
mobile: +44 (0)7798 846822

   Dr Eugene Ch'ng | Director of Innovation

Dr Eugene Ch’ng is Innovations Director at the IBM Visual and Spatial Technology Centre and the Heritage and Cultural Learning Hub, the University of Birmingham. He is also a visiting professor at the Centre for Creative Content and Digital Innovation, University of Malaya. He has formal education in a wide variety of fields (Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Interior Architecture, Computer Science and, Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering). His research has an overarching theme in Complex Systems Science research for studying and reconstructing geospatial, social and virtual landscapes. He specialises in advanced interactive Systems, enhanced Virtual Environments, Agent-based Modelling and Multi-Agent Systems requiring large computing clusters for processing of agent-interaction and computer graphics rendering. The fusion of 3D visualisation and complex systems modelling is a unique strength that is applicable to a wide variety of disciplines. His research focuses on a number of complex and interactive systems related to the reconstruction of terrestrial, social, political and virtual landscapes. He also applies cutting-edge technology for facilitating user experience and learning using emerging hardware and information computation in digital heritage. Dr Ch’ng has over 40 peer-reviewed scholarly publications and is actively involved in editorial boards, technical and program committees in international journals and conferences in his field. Dr Ch’ng is a member of the IEEE Computer Society.

 

email: e.chng@bham.ac.uk
phone: +44 (0)121 414 5498

   Richard Cuttler | GIS and Archaeological Survey

After finishing a post graduate diploma in Archaeology at Birmingham University in 1992 Richard worked in Norway as a surveyor on excavations at the Archbishops Palace in Trondheim. After working for several commercial units and also in Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic, he returned to Birmingham where he works as a Senior Project Manager. Richard has a particular expertise in measured survey, DGPS and associated software, including Arcview, Autocad and ArcGIS, and teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Birmingham. Richard has also provided consultancy and survey for many seasons in the Near East, in collaboration with heritage agencies from The United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait. The sites of Marawah and Um az-Zamul are just two such examples. Richard is also a member of the Committee for Working Practices in Archaeology for the Institute of Field Archaeologists.

 

email: cuttlerr@adf.bham.ac.uk

   Dr Simon Fitch | Marine Geophysics and Palaeolandscapes

Simon worked on the English Heritage funded North Sea Palaeolandscapes Project, and has been studying the Mesolithic landscape of the southern North Sea for over six years. He has experience in interpreting a wide variety of geophysical data, which is aided by his previous training in Geology. He has experience with a wide variety of geophysical software in addition to his GIS experience. His research into submerged palaeolandscapes, and especially those of Mesolithic Europe has resulted in several scientific papers as well as international media interest. Simon has also been commissioned to co-author with Professor Gaffney a popular book on the Marine Prehistory of the Southern North Sea by English Heritage. He is currently completing a PhD on the Mesolithic landscape of the southern North Sea. His research interests include submerged palaeolandscapes worldwide, and Mesolithic Europe.

 

email: s.fitch@bham.ac.uk
phone: +44 (0)121 415 8003

 
   Prof. Vince Gaffney | Executive Director

Professor Vincent Gaffney is Chair in Landscape Archaeology at the University of Birmingham. Prof. Gaffney is also a visiting professor at the Centre for Creative Content and Digital Innovation, University of Malaya. After graduating from the University of Reading he worked in contract archaeology and museums before undertaking a PhD. He then spent several years in former Yugoslavia based at the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) whilst carrying out survey on the Croatian island of Hvar. This work developed into the major international research collaboration – “The Adriatic Islands Project”. Since then he has been involved in many other studies including survey at Roman Wroxeter and the world heritage sites of Cyrene and Diocletian’s Mausoleum in Split. Other field projects have included work on the wetland landscape of the river Cetina (Croatia), fieldwork in Italy centred on the Roman town at Forum Novum and historic landscape characterisation at Fort Hood (Texas). Current research projects include mapping the inundated landscapes of the Southern North Sea, agent-based model of the battle of Manzikert (1071) in Anatolia and the “Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes” Project where he leads the UK team creating 3D and virtual imaging of the landscape through an extensive programme of geophysical survey of the largely unmapped landscape.

Professor Gaffney has received national and international awards for his work including the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education. His work on inundated marine landscapes received the 2007 award for Heritage Presentation at the British Association for the Advancement of Science. His book “Europe’s Lost World” was awarded the “Best Publication” prize at the British Archaeological Awards in 2010. RCUK selected VISTA's research on the North Sea as one of 100 groundbreaking UK research projects as part of its “Big Ideas for the Future” publication

 

Prof. Gaffney on Archaeology

 

email: v.l.gaffney@bham.ac.uk
phone: +44 (0)121 414 5497

   Paul Hatton | Technical Director

Paul graduated from Cambridge University with a first-class honours in Engineering followed by a one-year Diploma in Computer Science. He then joined Rolls-Royce Aerospace, initially working at the Whittle Laboratory in Cambridge and later at their Derby site. His work there ranged from mathematical modelling of the flow around fan blades to the design and implementation of real-time data acquisition systems (on PDP-11s) on the test rigs. He moved to the University of Birmingham in 1988 to become a Research Fellow in Chemical Engineering, working on the theoretical and experimental aspects of multiphase flows. In 1990 he joined the then Academic Computing Service where he has been supporting scientific and technical computing across the campus. During his time at the University, data visualisation has changed from a specialist discipline mainly in the mathematical and computer science disciplines to a valuable tool in many areas of research. Paul provides valuable experience and advice in regards to high performance computing and managed the procurement and is service manager for the University BEAR Environment.

 

email: P.S.Hatton@bham.ac.uk
phone: +44 (0)121 414 3994

   Dr Andy Howard | Geomorphology and Remote Sensing

Andy Howard is a Senior Lecturer in Geoarchaeology and Strategic Director of Birmingham Archaeology. His primary research interests are focused on using GIS and Remote Sensing tools to aid the understanding of landscape evolution, archaeological prospection and preservation potential, particularly in alluvial environments. A developing research theme is the impact of climate change on heritage. 

 

email: a.j.howard@bham.ac.uk
phone: +44 (0)121 414 8564

   Anneley McMillan | GIS Modelling

Anneley is a postdoctoral researcher working within the field of GIS modelling. Her PhD thesis employs GIS and spatial statistics in order to model palaeovegetation at the landscape to regional scale. Her research is situated in southwest Turkey, and is centred upon the transition from the late Bronze age through Hellenistic and Classical Anatolia (known locally as the Beysehir Occupation Phase), a time of significant landscape change. The research is undertaken in order to provide the environmental context for archaeological sites, and examine climatic change on vegetation dynamics. Previously, Anneley has worked as a Remote Sensing research scientist focussing on post disaster mapping and management. She has also gained a Masters in Remote Sensing and GIS from UCL, and a Geography degree from Sheffield University.

 

email: AXM900@bham.ac.uk
phone: +44 (0)121 414 6743

   Phil Murgatroyd | 3D Visualisation and Agent-Based Modelling

Phil is currently working as part of the AHRC/ESPRC/JISC funded Medieval Warfare on the GRID project. His PhD, focussing on the use of agent-based modelling in investigating the logistical organisation of the Byzantine army on its march to the battle of Manzikert (1071) and its effect on the Anatolian communities that supplied the army. Phil has also worked as part of the Anglo-American Project in Pompeii using Blender to produce 3D visualisations of Pompeian domestic properties from excavation data, architectural analysis and historical records. 

 

Click here to view The Road to Manzikert

 

email: PSM703@adf.bham.ac.uk
phone: +44 (0)121 414 6743

   Ellie Ramsey | GIS, Reconstruction and Modelling

Ellie is a project officer at VISTA with over 10 years professional experience. Her current responsibilities involve the  use and support  of GIS and 3D visualisation technology within the Heritage division, for both desk and site based commercial projects. She is also involved in student teaching and staff training, and is part of the archive team. Research interests include the use of GIS to analyse documentary and cartographic sources from the 19th century to explore urban development and industrial change.

 

email: e.j.ramsey@bham.ac.uk
phone: +44 (0)121 414 7343

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