Damian Schofield

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  • I have been involved in research examining the use of digital evidence in courtrooms, particularly virtual reconstructions, for many years. I am specifically interested in the representation and understanding of visual evidentiary information in the courtroom environment. I am regularly used as an expert witness in courts all over the world and have worked on many high profile cases.
  • A few years ago, I was responsible for the facial reconstruction of an Egyptian mummy for a documentary called Nefertiti Reserected shown on the Discovery Channel. For the last five years I have also been working as a consultant on facial biometric projects for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the USA.
  • A significant amount of my research work is also based around developing virtual reality based training environments. I believe in the virtues of these interactive environments over some of the more traditional teaching and training methods. The interactive applications developed range from chemical plants to crime scenes and from office environments to driving simulators.
  • My research is closely tied to computer games technology. For the last few years I worked as Associate Professor of Computer Games and Digital Media, in the School of Creative Media at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. I also worked for a year as Director of Virtual Simulation undertaking consultancy for Laurentian University in Canada. Previous to this I was a lecturer in the prestigeous Mixed Reality Laboratory in the School of Computer Science and IT at the University of Nottingham in the UK.

Education: Post-Graduate Qualification in Academic Practice, University of Nottingham; Post-doctoral research assistant in genetic algorithm, computer graphics and virtual reality, Aims Research Unit, University of Nottingham; Ph.D. in engineering system design using intelligent computer techniques, University of Nottingham