SEAHA (Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage and Archaeology) is a PhD research training programme delivering the next generation of research leaders in heritage science. It is a collaboration between UCL, Oxford and Brighton and supported by the EPSRC. SEAHA is funding 60 four-year PhD studentships between 2014 and 2022, involving over 70 heritage and industrial partners and offering an exceptionally rich and well-supported PhD experience for our future heritage scientists.
A SEAHA PhD studentship consists of a one-year MRes at UCL, followed by a three year PhD programme at the host institution (in this case, University of Brighton). All SEAHA projects are supervised by a team of academic, heritage and industrial supervisors, who are involved in the project throughout the four years, and often involve substantial placements with heritage or industrial partners. SEAHA students take part in additional training and professional activities with other students across the programme, have access to heritage science facilities in all three institutions and partners, and have individual research budgets of £3k per year.
The David Arnold Memorial Scholarship has been established by the SEAHA management team, in memory and celebration of Professor David Arnold, one of the founding directors of the SEAHA programme and founder of the Cultural Informatics Research Group at the University of Brighton, who passed away in October 2016.
David’s research interests were intrinsically interdisciplinary, and lay in the conception of digital technologies that fundamentally empower new forms of enquiry and communication about cultural heritage. This use-inspired basic research approach aims to identify challenges in cultural heritage which require advances in technology (rather than just the application of existing technology) to address them, and then undertake research which explore these two aspects together. For example, the 3D-COFORM project developed novel 3D modelling and shape analysis algorithms and applied them to the reconstruction of historic statues shattered in the L'Aquila earthquake in 2009.
You are invited to submit a PhD project proposal, of up to 1,000 words, which adopts a use-inspired approach to address a cultural heritage challenge. The heart of your proposal will be a novel application of digital technology to cultural heritage, but this will arise out of interaction with cultural heritage stakeholders, addressing their needs and perspectives, and will be evaluated through practical deployment exercises with these stakeholders. Your eventual project will include cultural and industrial partners to support your work.
You may make reference to possible partners (with their permission) if you have them, but we do not expect or require this – part of the process following selection will be for us to help you find the right partners from our extensive network of SEAHA partners. You may also make reference to particular academic supervisors at the University of Brighton, but again we do not require this. However, note that the availability of suitable supervisory expertise at Brighton will be one of the considerations in the selection process. The supervisors named above (Evans and Kaminski) will support the development of the final proposal, but the proposal does not need to be aligned to their particular research areas, or feature them as the actual potential supervisors.
The following publications will give you a better idea of David’s approach, but we do not intend this to be prescriptive, and welcome your own interpretations of the overall brief.
- Arnold, David (2008) Cultural heritage as a vehicle for basic research in computing science: Pasteur's quadrant and a use-inspired basic research agenda. Computer Graphics Forum, 27 (8). pp. 2188-2196. ISSN 1467-8659
- Arnold, David (2008) Pasteur's quadrant: cultural heritage as inspiration for basic research in computer science. Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, 1 (1). pp. 1-13. ISSN 1556-4673
- Arnold, David and Geser, G. (2008) The EPOCH research agenda for the applications of ICTs to cultural heritage. Excellence in Processing Open Cultural Heritage, Archaeolingua, Budapest. ISBN 978963991103
Complete applications received by the application deadline will be shortlisted, and shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview, after which a single successful applicant will be selected. We will then work with the successful applicant (before the start of the studentship), to identify academic, cultural and industrial partners, and adapt the project proposal for formal approval by the SEAHA Steering Committee. Once this approval has been obtained, the studentship itself can start in October 2018, or possibly earlier by agreement.