Insightful Simulations

Human-computer interaction professor Damian SchofieldDamian Schofield, director of Oswego’s human-computer interaction program, helps use technology seen on video games or TV dramas to solve real crimes and save lives.

“The sexy graphics you see on ‘CSI,' I do them for real, including crime scenes, bullet trajectories, blood splatter patterns,” Schofield said. His work spans recreating the face of Queen Nefertiti for the Discovery Channel, helping the FBI create a database of more than 3,000 faces for biometric identification and developing virtual scenarios to assist disaster preparedness.

With a doctorate in artificial intelligence and a varied work history — from mining engineering to computer graphics — that took him to several continents, Schofield was a professor of computer gaming in Australia before joining Oswego’s faculty and sharing his exploits and expertise with graduate students in the HCI master's program.

“The same technologies used on feature films like ‘Avatar' or popular video games like ‘Grand Theft Auto’ are used in serious applications,” he said. “Game technology has been used for education, whether providing information in a courtroom or teaching people about how to drive a forklift via simulations.”

Photo: Schofield with facial reconstruction and recognition work he has done

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