My research in digital imaging covers themes in 3D computer graphics, computer vision and visualisation technologies.
I specialise in research investigating the theory, human factors and application of (auto-)stereoscopic 3D displays.
Research Staff 2012 Geng Sun ESRC RA investigating transparency in stereoscopic images.
Lilian Blot EPSRC KTA RA for the EPSRC project to study use of 3D displays in oncology applications. 2009 Paul Gorley DVL research associate and from 2010 EPSRC KTS Cosmic Origins with Wildcat Films Ltd. 2008 Djamel Hassaine ADAPTER Research Associate. 2006 Ruth Wightman FR3DA research associate Earth Sciences and eScience. 2004 Barbara Froner inThreeD Research Assistant in Stereoscopic 3D Imaging, registered for PhD study. James Lowell working with Professor Andrew Hunter, University of Lincoln, PhD awarded 2005.
eDemand Research Assistant in Distributed Visualisation, PhD awarded 2006,
from November 2006, Lecturer, Applied Computing, Lincoln University, New Zealand.
Research Students 2012 David Roberts PhD, Stereoscopic Volume Rendering. 2011 Jonathan Berry
PhD, Influencing the perception of depth in images using audio.
Winner of School of Engineering and Computing Sciences research day poster prize 2011
2010 Alex Lisle PhD, Volumetric Imaging Algorithms for Veridical Stereoscopic Display Lachlan Pocket PhD, Computing refelections with controlled depth in stereoscopic images. 2009 Simon Corlett MSc, Stereoscopic Sketchpad - 3D Ink data structures. 2008 Huda Karejah PhD, Multiview image interpolation for multiscopic 3D display. 2006 Geng Sun PhD, user control of stereoscopic imaging. Winner of the Durham eScience Inter-disciplinary Poster Prize 2007. Keira Ball PhD, second supervisor with Thomas Schenk, Department of Psychology, awarded PhD 2010. 2005 Paul Gorley PhD, image quality and stereoscopic image compression. Djamel Hassaine PhD by research, usability and algorithms for multi-view auto-stereoscopic displays. Winner of the Durham eScience Inter-disciplinary Poster Prize 2006. 2004 James Humphreys Part time MSc by research, MSc awarded 2006, Thesis as submitted. 2002 Samantha Raincock PhD EPSRC sponsored by Sharp Laboratories of Europe, awarded MPhil 2006 2001 Mark Fernandes MSc by research: investigated program plan visualisation in 3D. Research Grants 2013 Impact of 3D films EPSRC Impact funding to investigate the impact of 3D films on audiences, Durham seedcorn fund. 2012 Cosmic Origins 2 EPSRC Impact award, developing the Cosmic Origins 2 3D film. Parallel framework for simulation software. TSB KTP Award with Icona Solutions.
Transparent objects ESRC, £700K fec (CI) with Professor Nick Donnelly (PI), Dr Tamaryn Menneer, Professor Simon Liversedge(Soton) and Dr Kyle Cave (UMass). The findings of this project will contribute to theories of visual search and of learning within the visual system. The results will be directly relevant to improving airport security search of baggage X-ray images. Colour appearance in a dynamic world Wellcome trust, £158K (CI) with Hannah Smithson (Oxford). A project to investigate how surface colour is extracted from dynamic retinal output. SeIUCCR EPSRC EP/J000698/1, £248K (CI) with Claire Devereux (STFC.) A project to quickly and effectively disseminate opportunities for the use of e-Infrastructure that are relevant and essential, overcoming traditional barriers to enable high impact science. 2010 Cosmic Origins 2 EPSRC KTS Award with Wildcat Films Ltd., £49K. (PI) Development of new version of the award winning 3D film Cosmic Origins using advanced parallel computing techniques. Cosmic Wonders EPSRC Pathways to Impact Award, £8K (PI) Linked to the above project. Oncology Using 3D EPSRC KTA Award with the Freeman Hospital Newcastle, £24K (PI) Investigation of the feasibilty of using stereoscopic 3D to improve the precision of tumour outlining in diagnosis and radiotherapy planning. 2007 ADAPTER An Adaptive Particle Data Format, EPSRC EP F01094X, £157K(FEC), PI N.S. Holliman, CI A. Jenkins, T. Theuns, start October 1st 2007. The Matter Compiler Investigating the compilation of instructions to create matter at the Nanoscale. Start October 2007, £170K EPSRC EP/ F009801/1, PI H. Makatsoris, CI M. Heggi , N Holliman, J. Ramsden, H. Wright. Binocular coordination Binocular coordination during viewing of stereoscopic images. Start October 2007, S.P. Liversedge, University of Southampton, N.S. Holliman, Durham University, £111K MRC (Discipline Hopping Award ) 2006 FR3DA
ITF research grant 120K, two years, sponsored by Shell and British Gas.
Investigators Dr J. Imber, Prof. R. Holdsworth, Dr K. McCaffery, Dr R. Jones, Dr P. Clegg, Dr N. Holliman
Royal Society Conference grant to attend Stereoscopic Displays and Applications 2006 to present our paper
then visit Prof. Banks' Laboratory at UC Berkeley and Prof. Goodman and the IIC at Harvard.
2005 inThreeD Principle Investigator, grant extension from Codeworks Ltd. 2004 VirtU Co-investigator, Virtual Universe, PI Carlos Frenk, total value £154K, PPARC. inThreeD
Principle Investigator, grant from Codeworks Ltd.
2002 eDemand Co-investigator, total value of £636,900, PI, Professor Jei Xu. EPSRC CNA EPSRC CASE Award for New Academics, sponsors Sharp Laboratories of Europe. Research Awards 2007 Visiting Scientist The Institute in Innovative Computing, Harvard University. 2006 Visiting Scientist The Institute in Innovative Computing, Harvard University. Research Leave Michaelmas and Epiphany Terms VizNet Competition
First Prize in the 2006 vizNet Visualization Showcase for the stereoscopic 3D movie Cosmic Cookery.
Citation: "This entry was selected to receive the 1st prize in the 2006 Visualization Showcase competition. The finished video makes a significant contribution to the public awareness of science agenda as evidenced by the public showings it has already received. Although computer-generated stereoscopic movies have been seen before, they have traditionally been hard to make and beyond the grasp of non-specialists. The submission makes the technical challenges clear. A key contribution of this work is the new stereoscopic camera model used to create one of the sequences in the movie and the embodiment of this model in a plug-in for 3dsmax. These steps led to significant improvements in the production methodology. Researchers wishing to explore the potential benefits of using stereoscopic movies in their application areas are strongly encouraged to look at this work."
2005 University Award Discretionary Award for outstanding contribution founding the Durham Visualization Laboratory. Professional Activities 2007 Chair 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference, IS&T/SPIE. 2007 Associate Editor Geosphere special issue on the 2006 Penrose Conference, Geological Society of America. 2007 PC Member UK e-Science All Hands Meeting. 2007 PC member 2007 Eurographics UK Theory and Practice of Computer Graphics Conference. 2006 Co-Convenor Geological Society of America Penrose Meeting, "Unlocking 3D Earth Systems", Durham, September. 2006 PC Member UK e-Science All Hands Meeting, Nottingham, September. 2005 PC Member Summer 2005 onwards, SPIE Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference. Reviewing Activities
IEEE Transaction Visualization and Computer Graphics
ACM Computer Graphics (Siggraph), ACM Transactions on Applied Percption
SPIE Journal of Electronic Imaging, MIT Presence Journal
AISB Journal, Journal of UCI
Eurographics Annual Conference, CyberWorlds Conference, ICAT Conference
UK eScience All Hands Meetings.
SPIE Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference
ACM Applied Perception in Graphics and Visualization
Grant Reviews IT&C review panels for "People and Interactivity" and regularly review EPSRC, AHRC and PPARC grants. Also internationally for the Swiss NSF and the Irish national grant funding agency. Professional Societies
Member of the IEEE Computer Society.
Member of the ACM.
Senior Member of the SPIE IS&T.
Previous Affiliations I enjoyed working for a number of companies and institutions before joining Durham: Principal Researcher: 3D display systems research at Sharp Laboratories of Europe Ltd. Senior Graphics Researcher: Radiosity algorithm research and development at LightWork Design Ltd. IBM Research Fellow: Parallel software for ray tracing at Leeds and Carnegie Mellon Universities