Trent Building 211
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road
Academic Blog: http://www.complexity.io
Internal and External Roles
Director, NVIDIA Joint-Lab on Mixed Reality, NVIDIA Technology Centre
Director of Research, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Presence: Teleoperators & Virtual Environments
PC Member, Digital Heritage International Congress & Expo / IEEE VSMM Conference series
PhD (Best PhD Award), Electronics Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK
Master of Science, Faculty of Information Technology, Multimedia University, Malaysia
BA (Hons) 1st Class Honours, 3D Design, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
Diploma in Interior Architecture (Best Student Award 96-97), Equator Academy of Art, Malaysia
Professor Eugene Ch’ng is founder and director of the NVIDIA Joint-Lab on Mixed Reality, NVIDIA Technology Centre, based at the University of Nottingham’s China campus. He graduated with a best PhD award from the Electronics, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Birmingham in 2007. He has served at the IBM Visual and Spatial Technology Centre and the Digital Humanities Hub as director of innovation at the University of Birmingham. Prof. Ch’ng has been invited twice to the Royal Society, presenting research at the Summer Science Exhibition, and was organiser and speaker at the Royal Society Theo Murphy Scientific meeting in 2017. He has also exhibited at two British Science Festivals, at the Orkney International Science Festival, and for Darwin’s Bicentenary Exhibition. He has been featured in numerous international media such as National Geographic Television and Channel Four’s Time Team Special. Prof. Ch’ng is co-editor-in-chief for MIT Press’ Presence: Teleoperators & Virtual Environments, and has served in conference technical and scientific programme committees such as VSMM, DigitalHeritage, and DS-RT for years. He is PI and Co-I on numerous grants related to cultural heritage supported by The Leverhulme Trust, the ERC, AHRC, Zhejiang Science and Technology, and the recently awarded Silk Road heritage database crowdsourcing project. As one of the global consultant for the V&A’s ReACH programme (Reproduction of Art & Cultural), he participated in the review and redraft of Henry Cole’s 1867 Charter and the technical policy. Prof. Ch’ng was awarded the Ningbo Municipal Individual 3315 Talent award in 2015.
Prof. Ch’ng is a computer scientist and artist by training. His current research is in the development and application of cutting-edge Mixed Reality technology, investigating individual user and crowd behaviour at the interface between humans and machines (Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence), which includes social media analytics. The foundation from which he conducts investigation within his research is data. He develops and applies data-mining, computational modelling and machine learning approaches on a wide range of datasets. His interdisciplinary work explores Mixed Reality technology in digital heritage and culture, exploring and understanding how social and individual interaction occurs around cultural objects and within heritage environments. His present research interest is in China’s cultural heritage contents, and how lost and existing national treasures can be digitally conserved, reconstructed, analysed, interpreted and accessed using digital technologies. In his digital heritage works for museums, he applies VR and AR technologies in creating engaging experience for museum visitors. Prof. Ch’ng has three on-going research grants (AHRC-NBSTB, IAPS, ZJSTD) investigating China’s digital cultural heritage, and two large grants (ERC, AHRC) which have global impacts on cultural heritage internationally.
Read Prof Ch’ng’s Academic Blog at: http://www.complexity.io
Recent Grant Awards
300,000 RMB + 400,000RMB (Full PhD Scholarship) 2018 to 2021
- Principal Investigator – IAMET Belt & Road Grant “Cultural Heritage and Cross-Border Digital Communication in the Terrestrial and Maritime Silk Road: Facilitating the Construction of a Cloud-Based Heritage Open VR Social Database”, Ningbo Science and Technology Bureau.
425,000 RMB 2017 to 2018
- Principal Investigator – “Digital Technology Enhanced Cultural and Heritage in the Development of the Knowledge Economy ” AHRC Centre for Digital Copyright and IP Research in China, Ningbo Science and Technology Bureau.
150,000 RMB Dec 2016 to Dec. 2018
- Principle Investigator – 基于博物馆馆藏的中国文化教育虚拟现实系统开发的关键技术研发及实践, “R & D and Practice of Key Technologies in Virtual Reality System Development of Chinese Culture and Education-Based Museum Collections” Zhejiang Science and Technology Development – Commonwealth. The first grant collaborating with Ningbo Museum.
€2,500,000 Oct. 2016 to Oct. 2021
- Co-I (Local PI) – ERC Advanced Grant: “Lost Frontiers” Europe’s Lost Frontiers: exploring climate change, settlement and colonisation of the submerged landscapes of the North Sea basin using ancient DNA, seismic mapping and complex systems modelling (lead).
£305,000 Oct. 2016 to Oct. 2017
- Co-I (Local PI) – AHRC “Curious Travellers” crowdsourcing in mitigation of large-scale heritage damage. A big data-driven project for mobile- crowdsourcing and Web-crawling of cultural heritage image bases.