Current projects

HDRi: The digital capture, storage, transmission and display of real-world lighting
Funders: European Commission

The natural world presents our eyes with a wide range of colours and intensities from moonlight to bright sunshine. We can see detail in regions that vary significantly in luminance. Current imaging techniques are incapable of accurately capturing or displaying such a range of lighting. Some areas under-exposed and others over-exposed. High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging can capture, store, transmit and deliver real-world lighting. This gives a step change in viewing experience, for example the ability to clearly see the football when it is kicked from the shadow of the stadium into sunshine.

Widespread uptake of HDR requires common interface standards. Currently they do not exist. There are isolated pockets of high-quality HDR endeavour across Europe, but not a co-ordinated approach. 2009 saw the appearance the first commercial HDR display and the world’s first HDR video camera. These European-led developments reinforce the timeliness of developing HDR standards and the special position Europe is in to lead the rapid acceleration of future HDR developments and market penetration. This COST Action (HDRi) assembles leading academic and industrial researchers and practitioners to propose a set of standards for the complete HDR pipeline and establish Europe firmly as the world leader in HDR.

Bespoke high-fidelity visualisation of tiling
Funders: Technology Strategy Board

A major challenge facing anyone who wishes to tile an environment is 'what will this tile look like in my room?'. Together the partners will deliver a novel demonstrator for engaging the user directly in the design of an environment, enabling them to have high confidence that their needs are satisfied within a virtual building before the design is finalised. The system, with its significantly increased physical realism and bespoke nature, will be available online and exploit social media, encouraging users to share their design ideas.

Bespoke high-fidelity visualisation for informed customer choice
Funders: Royal Society

This Fellowship, in partnership with Johnson Tiles ltd, will enable two-way knowledge transfer between WMG and Johnson Tiles by providing new opportunities for significant people-based interaction. In doing so, the Fellowship will bridge the gap between academic research and in-depth market knowledge and forge new long-term personal and corporate collaboration. The aim is to apply novel high-fidelity visualisation techniques to help address a real industrial challenge: providing informed customer choice.

Programme for Simulation Innovation (Visualisation and Virtual Experience)
Funders: EPSRC

This project, in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover, undertakes research into a novel, validated Real Virtuality Platform that will provide perceptually equivalent experiences between real world scenarios and their simulated virtual world equivalents. Such authentic simulations will enable decisions to be taken within the virtual world with high confidence that the same decision would be made in the real world. The anticipated outcomes of the research will be techniques of visualisation applicable at all levels of vehicle design - from verification of individual components through to the verification of the final vehicle design, - and through all stages of the design process, from initial concept definition through to final design approval, through to manufacturing and onto the dealerships and markets.

ITN Network: Digital Cultural Heritage (ITN-DCH)
Funder: European Commission

ITN-DCH aims that, for the first time world wide, top universities, research centres, industries and cultural heritage stakeholders, end-users and standardised bodies will collaborate to train the next generation of researchers in digital cultural heritage. The project aims to analyse, design, research, develop and validate an innovative multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral research training framework that covers the whole lifecycle of digital cultural heritage research for a cost-effective preservation, documentation, protection and presentation of cultural heritage.

Drug Reactions of Cancer
Funder: HEIF5

This multi-disciplinary project is a joint collaboration between experts in onco-informatics and supportive cancer care and visualisation and computer imaging to explore the use of visual and motion capture systems in enhancing the supportive care of post-surgery cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy so as to improve their quality of life.