Karina Rodriguez Echavarria

Senior Lecturer

Karina Email K.Rodriguez[at] brighton.ac.uk

Phone: +44 1273 643508
Skype username: karina.r.e

University of Brighton
Cockroft 523,
Moulsecoomb, Brighton
United Kingdom

Karina is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton. She obtained her Computer Systems Engineering degree from the ITESM, Mexico in 1999; her PhD at the University of Wolverhampton in the area of knowledge-based engineering in 2005 and an MA in Histories and Cultures at the University of Brighton in 2008. Karina has worked in several national and European projects researching in the areas of digital collections and 3D technologies for cultural heritage organisations. She has produced research outputs in interdisciplinary areas such as computer graphics, information and knowledge management as well as cultural heritage. Her research interests include the documentation and visualisation of heritage collections, information and knowledge management of 3D artefacts, semantic technologies, 3D printing, and the practical aspects of deployment in the heritage sector. She serves in various international committees in these areas, and is currently Information Director for the ACM Journal in Computing and Cultural Heritage.

Past projects

Automatic Semantic Analysis of 3D Content in Digital Repositories, July 2014-May 2016, EPSRC funded

This project aims to develop state of the art mechanisms to automate the enrichment of 3D content, focusing on Cultural Heritage artefacts, in particular Regency architectural ornamental artefacts, to understand how the shape of an artefact might tell us information about it (e.g. its origin, artistic style, production methods). This high level information is currently very challenging to be inferred automatically. Thus, the project will combine expertise in shape analysis, the semantic web and Cultural Heritage in order to develop innovative techniques to automatically understand what the 3D content might represent. This process is referred to as “automatic semantic enrichment” and will allow the 3D content to be linked to a vast amount of information and knowledge which will facilitate making connections with other pieces of information.
See more: http://semantics3d.culturalinformatics.org.uk/

Applied 3D technologies for the preservation of cultural heritage collections, January 2016 – December 2016, in collaboration with EMap Escola de Matemática Aplicada

This project aims to digitize and reproduce an artefact belonging to the collection of the National Historical Museum. The object in question was chosen by the technical challenges presented as well as the historical importance and presentation possibilities to the public visiting the museum. Partners of this project Emap FGV, LCG / COPPE / UFRJ, National History Museum and University of Brighton, UK.

Archaeological dimension in world heritage cities: advances in heritage management in Alcalá de Henares, Puebla and Havana, September 2014-December 2016, Ministro de economia y competitividad

This project aims to design flexible and dynamic strategies for the treatment of Cultural Heritage, from analysing and experimenting on cases in three cities, emphasizing the social perception and participation. Following a cross-disciplinary perspective, this project intends to apply to three World Heritage cities, a social expanded model based of management, based on the solid experience on archaeological management in these cities most members of the working group have.
See more: www.ucm.es/info/parquecipamu

PhD projects

Visualisation of semantically linked data to support the interpretation of CH collections, January 2017-December 2020, funded under SEAHA

Heritage professionals generate and use extensive visual and analytical data to document heritage artefacts and their state of conservation. This data is typically digitised using a mixture of techniques including imaging techniques such as photography, 3D scanning, chemical and biological analysis. This project, in collaboration with the Natural History Museum (London), will develop a framework for organising and visualising semantically linked data held by museums in order to enhance knowledge discovery and improve the dissemination of the collections. The research will advance the visualisation of integrated data; as there may be many different views for the same data under different contexts. Also there exists the issue of organising the views of multiple data types on screen, such as images or 3D data.

Innovative access of digital heritage representations for multiple audiences, January 2016-December 2018

This doctoral interdisciplinary project between the Cultural Informatics Research Group (CIRG) at the University of Brighton and the Royal Pavilion & Museums (RPM) brings together expertise on state of the art of digitisation technologies, user-computer interaction as well as heritage interpretation in order to research on innovative ways of accessing complex digital heritage representations customised for multiple interpretations by different types of audiences. By complex heritage representations, we understand those representations of heritage artefacts using a combination of different types of digital and physical content, including text, images, videos, 3D content and3D prints, to describe both the artefact and its contextual information. For this research, we will be using the Neolithic collection of our partner and we will be exploring its use to support different audiences, including: i) young audiences in schools; ii) museums visitors; and iii) humanities researchers.

Near Infrared Photogrammetry: Integrating Spectral and Spatial Image Data for the Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, October 2015-September 2018, funded under SEAHA

This doctoral research will work to integrate spectral and spatial image data captured through near-infrared photogrammetry as a non-destructive and portable technique to provide additional context and information about cultural heritage objects including information about the manufacture and materials. 3D imaging techniques like photogrammetry are becoming more familiar in cultural heritage imaging although not fully adopted in routine conservation and research documentation. Near-infrared imaging has been established within paper and painting conservation for the investigation of underdrawings, detecting changes in composition, visualising faded or obscured text and characterising and differentiating material. Looking beyond these established fields, this research will look to painted heritage artefacts to question whether the integration of this image data can provide additional information and an extended context for cultural heritage professionals, and if it can be a springboard for other 3D capture techniques with a range of light/radiation from ultraviolet through visible and into the near-infrared.
See more: http://www.seaha-cdt.ac.uk

Editorial and Professional Activity

• Chair of the 1st Workshops on Graphics for Digital Fabrication (GradDiFab) 2016, see http:www.gradifab.org
• Past Chair of Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Intelligent Cultural Heritage (VAST) 2008
• Member of the Editorial board and information Director for the ACM Journal of Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH).
• She has been a member of the IPC of conferences in the computing and CH field, including VAST and Digital Heritage.


A list of publications can be found here: