Brighton: Team

Dr. Karina Rodriguez Echavarria


Dr Karina Rodriguez Echavarria is a Reader at the School of Architecture, Technology and Engineering, University of Brighton and Director for the Research Centre for Secure, Intelligent and Usable Systems which focuses on both theoretical and practical research in computer science challenges related to software systems, leading on the provision of digitisation and visualisation technologies. She chairs the Eurographics Workshops Board and heads the Eurographics Steering Committee on Graphics and Cultural Heritage which organises yearly workshops in this area.

Karina is an interdisciplinary researcher, with a background in Computer Science, a PhD in knowledge-based engineering systems for collaborative manufacturing and an MA in Histories and Cultures. Her research interests include the development and application of computing technologies for the digitisation of objects and environments; the information management, analysis, search/browse visualisation of visual representations, including 2D and 3D content; as well as their physical reproduction using digital fabrication. A focus of the research is the Cultural Heritage (CH) sector and its related applications such as creative applications, art, culture, education and tourism. She has produced research outputs in interdisciplinary areas such as computer graphics, information and knowledge management as well as cultural heritage.

Dr. Claire Wintle


Dr Claire Wintle is a historian of exhibitions, museums and collections, with a particular interest in curatorial practice, exhibition design and the politics of representation. Her work explores the relationship between museums and processes of nationalism, imperialism and decolonisation, often with a focus on South Asia and the UK.

Claire is Principal Lecturer in Museum Studies and Art and Design History. She is Co-Director of the University’s Centre for Design History where she leads research, including on the museum as a designed space that is both produced and consumed. She is the Course Leader for the MA Curating Collections and Heritage, a collaborative masters programme developed between the University of Brighton and the Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove. Her teaching focuses on the ethics of contemporary museum practice, with an emphasis on widening participation in and access to cultural heritage.

Dr. Myrsini Samaroudi


Dr Myrsini Samaroudi has a background in archaeology and digital humanities, holds a PhD from the School of Architecture, Technology and Engineering of the University of Brighton and is a member of the Centre for Secure, Intelligent and Usable Systems of the same university. Myrsini has worked as an archaeologist and as an interdisciplinary digital humanities researcher both in academia and industry. Her PhD, held in collaboration with the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust, examined digitally fabricated replicas of museum artefacts as interpretative “devices” and proposed a framework for their integration and evaluation within experiences for different audience groups.

Over the last few years, Myrsini has worked on various research projects, investigating creative and technology-facilitated methods to improve children’s wellbeing; the impact of Covid-19 on heritage institutions; the use of 3D printed replicas and digital 3D-games to enhance museum interpretation; digital technologies for documenting and accessing intangible heritage knowledge; and more recently the requirements of the Arts and Humanities research community in the UK with respect to managing complex visual data.

Nicola Schiavottiello


He is a research fellow at the University of Brighton in Digital Skills in Visual and Material Culture where together with his team he develops courses in “digital skills to work with data and open research methods in the Arts and Humanities”.

Mr Nicola Schiavottiello has worked as a graphic designer in London and got a degree in Computer Visualization and Animation at Bournemouth University (UK). He worked for a period in the videogames and 3d animation industry then he worked as a virtual historical and landscape reconstruction developer at the University of Stirling (UK), under the Virtual Landscape Centre. In 2006 he got a MSc in Computing Archaeology (Spatial Technologies) at the University of Southampton (UK) where he also worked in various prospection, excavation and documentation archaeological projects. In 2009 he joined the Radiopast project where he worked in 3d documentation, 3d reconstruction, as field archaeological technician and 3d applications developer for the Museum of Ammaia (PT).

He is the co-founder of the Heritales – International Heritage Film Festival, a project which aims to bring cultural documentaries to the masses and explores a new concept of cultural heritage communication through cinema and other art forms. Under this project, he also organizes masterclasses for adults and children in film production and animation. Since October 2022 he is collaborating with the AEC (Agrupamento de Escola da Caparica) under the project KinoCaparica a cine-club and production film laboratory.

He continues to investigate Cultural Heritage Interpretation for the public, digital heritage and digital storytelling.