Projects per year
My research interests include the development and application of computational 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. I have produced research outputs in interdisciplinary areas such as computer graphics, information and knowledge management as well as cultural heritage.
I serve in various international committees in these areas. I am currently member of the Editorial board and information Director for the ACM Journal of Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH), member of the Management Board of the Centre for Secure, Intelligent and Usable Systems (CSIUS), and member of the Steering Comittee of the Eurographics Workshop on Graphics and Cultural Heritage. I have been past programme chair of International Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Intelligent Cultural Heritage (VAST) and review regularly for conferences, journals and national and international funding bodies.
I obtained my Computer Systems Engineering degree from the ITESM, Mexico in 1999; a 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.
I joined the Cultural Informatics Reaearch Group at the University of Brighton in 2004 working with Prof. David Arnold until his retirement in 2016. During this time, I participated in several national and European projects researching in the areas of digital collections and 3D technologies for cultural heritage professionals and institutions. This includes the EC funded projects EPOCH Network of Excellence (2004-2008) and the 3D-COFORM Integrating Project (2008-2012).
I went on to lead the EPSRC-funded research called Semantic Analysis of 3D content for Digital Repositories which deals with the ongoing challenges created by the rise of big data and the increasing generation of visual digital content, including images and 3D content. The research also investigates the creative re-use of heritage-related visual content by using 3D technologies, including 3D printing.
Currently, I lead various initatives, collaborations and activities including the Digitisation lab. I am also a member of the Centre for Secure, Intelligent and Usable Systems and full time Principal Lecturer at the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics.
Approach to teaching
My teaching is strongly linked to my research interests in the areas of graphics technologies with an emphasis on creative sectors such as cultural heritage and interactive applications. I engage with students by exploring a variety of technologies including 3D graphical software, sensors, 3D printing and visualisation technologies. Students enjoy learning by being given the opportunity to explore areas of their interest in computer games and visual computing systems.
I am module leader for the CI312 – Computer Graphics Algorithms, CI224 – Computer Games Development, CI322 – Dynamic 3D modelling and CI236 – Integrated Project in Computing. I am also a Level Tutor at level 4 and supervise projects at level 6. Additionally, I lead PhD supervision in the areas related to my research.
My consultancy and knowledge exchange activities are done through collaborations with museums, heritage institutions, heritage professionals, artists and the general public. These activities usually focus on the co-development of solutions by taking advantage of a variety of technologies at the Digitisation Lab, including 3D scanners and 3D printing technologies. Current initiatives include collaborations with the the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Hove Museum and Art Gallery, the Hove Civic Society, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Diversity Lewes.
For more information on consultancy, please go to the Digitisation Lab website.
My research interest includes the documentation and visualisation of heritage collections, embedding semantics and knowledge to heritage 3D digital assets as well as the use of 3D documentation for producing 3D printable products to support the exhibition and conservation of heritage artefacts. Research topics for supervising includes:
i) 3D digitisation/imaging and 3D digital collections
ii) generating complex, diverse and linked data resources,
iii) semantic technologies, including shape analysis, shape recognition, search and browse,
iv) community involvement with heritage by the use of mobile technologies and social media,
v) design and engineering of objects by digital fabrication technologies.
University of Brighton
1 Sep 2013 → 25 Jun 2014
Award Date: 25 Jun 2014
Master, University of Brighton
1 Sep 2006 → 14 Jan 2008
Award Date: 14 Jan 2008
5 Apr 2001 → 1 Jul 2005
Award Date: 1 Jul 2005
Bachelor, Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
1 Sep 1995 → 16 Dec 1999
Award Date: 16 Dec 1999
Member of the Steering Comittee, Eurographics Working group of Computer Graphics and Cultural Heritage1 Jan 2018 → …
Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, UK Research and Innovation1 Jan 2017 → …
Member of the Editorial board and information Director for the ACM Journal of Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)1 Jan 2016 → …
- QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Echavarria, K. R. & Julier, S., 2020, Eurographics Workshop on Graphics and Cultural Heritage. Spagnuolo, M. & Melero, F. J. (eds.). The Eurographics Association, (Eurographics Workshop on Graphics and Cultural Heritage).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBN › Conference contribution with ISSN or ISBN › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Rodriguez Echavarria, K. & Samaroudi, M., 21 Jun 2020, Extended Abstracts - Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Interaction Design and Children Conference, IDC 2020: Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Interaction Design and Children Conference. Association for Computing Machinery, p. 308-313 6 p. (Extended Abstracts - Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Interaction Design and Children Conference, IDC 2020).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBN › Conference contribution with ISSN or ISBN › peer-review
Fracturing artefacts into 3D printable puzzles to enhance audience engagement with heritage collectionsRodriguez Echavarria, K., Samaroudi, M. & Weyrich, T., 15 Feb 2020, In: ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage. 13, 1, 3351343.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Heritage in lockdown: digital provision of memory institutions in the UK and US of America during the COVID-19 pandemicSamaroudi, M., Rodriguez Echavarria, K. & Perry, L., 14 Sep 2020, In: Museum Management and Curatorship. 35, 4, p. 337-361 25 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen Access
Rodriguez Echavarria, K. & Samaroudi, M., 2019.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Abstract
Karina Rodriguez Echavarria (Chair)29 Apr 2019 → 1 May 2019
Activity: Events › Workshop
Karina Rodriguez Echavarria (Chair) & Ran Song (Chair)May 2018 → Jul 2018
Activity: Events › Event
Karina Rodriguez Echavarria (Consultant)1 Jan 2018 → 1 Jun 2019