Available studentships

SEAHA provide fully-funded four-year integrated MRes and PhD studentships in heritage science to eligible students.  All studentships are advertised as separate research projects and will be announced throughout the year; note that we do not have one application period.

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MRes Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology Scholarships 

The Institute of Sustainable Heritage at UCL is offering 3 scholarships of £20,000 each for UK/EU students undertaking the MRes course Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology. This money will be used to cover tuition fees, £3,000 for research expenses, and the remainder as a contribution towards living costs. One award will be available per year for the next three years (2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21). Note that you must have submitted an application for the SEAHA MRes programme at the time of applying for the scholarship.

Find out more and apply here. Deadline: 16th July 2018.

Drones for Heritage Communications and Audience Development

This PhD project critically explores how drone technology could inform an audience development framework for heritage institutions, especially around diversification of audiences and innovative ways of engaging with heritage culture. It asks about the potential socio-economic benefits for the heritage sector of drawing on commercial and civic models (e.g. drone film festivals, drone races, science/geek family days out) around drone technologies. It also considers what mediator role the heritage sector could play between the legal context, commercial exploitation and end-user engagement around drone technology.

The methodology will include desk-based research and expert interviews, leading to a preliminary model. The drone technology experimentation and field work phase will test this model in partnership with the heritage/industry partners. The audience/user perspective will be captured through observations and interviews. The analysis will map out opportunities, barriers and potential partnership models for innovation and collaboration between the drone culture industry and the heritage sector.

Find out more and apply here.

Project Supervisors

Academic Supervisors: Dr Frauke Behrendt (University of Brighton), Dr Patricia Prieto Blanco (University of Brighton), Dr Jaime Kaminski (University of Brighton)

Application deadline: 5.00pm, 7th August 2018


Machine learning based approaches for the visual analysis of historical artefacts

3D digital models of historical artefacts is of interest to heritage professionals as they allow to document, manage, present and share heritage in a more efficient way. This is because 3D models better represent the 3-dimensional nature of artefacts and their state of conservation. In addition, the latest digitisation technologies allow us to automate the creation of such 3D models, which means we can consider generating large collections of 3D models. As a result, such 3D collections need to be organised and classified, typically using information about their origins, owners, purpose, shape, material, colour etc. This project aims to develop visual analysis approaches, based on machine learning methods, to organise and classify 3D models, for example by identifying shapes (such as a vase or a human statue), or components (such as an arm or a handle), and identifying links between shapes and other digital assets such as text or images. In addition, it aims at further developing web-based 3D-centered annotation systems and contributing to standardization efforts regarding image formats and 3D models through interest groups such as IIIF and the Web3D consortium.

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Project Supervisors

Academic Supervisors: Dr Roger Evans (University of Brighton), Dr Karina Rodriguez-Echararria   (University of Brighton)

Industry supervisor: Pedro Santos (Fraunhofer-IGD)

Application deadline: 5.00pm, 3rd August 2018

Internet of Things (IoT) application for facilities management and asset management of complex heritage estates

Building upon the relevant theories, this project will provide novel insights into how Building Information Modelling (BIM) can effectively be utilised to facilitate restoration, repair and maintenance in heritage buildings. This project seeks to explore ways of real-time assistance in decision making, through integration of BIM with data collected by other technologies linked to the Internet of Things (IoT) such as point-cloud scanning, drone radiometric, and drone building and site survey solutions as well as mixed, augmented and virtual reality. This project will take the UK Government “Soft Landing” strategy to the next level to apply it to one of the most iconic Cathedrals in the south of England – Chichester Cathedral and its entire estate – with dissemination through the Church of England (CoE) Heritage team based in London.

Find out more and apply here

Project Supervisors

Academic supervisors: Dr Poorang Piroozfar (University of Brighton), Dr Hannah Wood (University of Brighton), Dr Ruoyu Jin (University of Brighton)

Industrial supervisors: Mr Philip Rose  (VINCI Construction UK Ltd), Dr David Greenfield (SOENECS Ltd),  Dr Eric Farr (NoNames Design Research Studios)

Application deadline: 5.00pm, 13th August 2018


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