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Shengdan Cai

PhD Student , NVIDIA Joint-Lab on Mixed Reality


MPhil in Archaeology - Archaeological Heritage and Museums, University of Cambridge
BA (1st Class Honours) in European Studies, University of Nottingham Ningbo China  


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Shengdan Cai


Shengdan Cai is a PhD student at the NVIDIA Joint-Lab on Mixed Reality (NVIDIA Technology Centre). She graduated from University of Cambridge with a MPhil degree in Archaeology (Archaeological Heritage and Museums). Her research projects have explored the role of Taiwan’s Japanese colonial heritage in constructing the identity of Taiwanese people in terms of their everyday practice and bodily memory. After joining the NVIDIA Joint-Lab as a research fellow in 2016, she has been working on the use of Virtual Reality technology for the reproduction, storage and sharing of the past. She started her PhD study in March of 2018 with full scholarship awarded, aiming to answer the question whether the cultural heritage in virtual forms can also trigger the recollection and reconstruction of memories and shape people’s identities as their physical counterparts.


Recent funded research projects have included:

2018 – 2022 Memory and Identity in the Virtual Experience of Cultural Heritage, Fully Funded by University PhD Scholarship

2017- 2018 A Comparison of the Influence of Different Media in Coordinating Memory, Identity and the Experience of Cultural Heritage,  Funded by Faculty of Humanities and Social Science (with Prof. Eugene Ch’ng)

2017 -2020 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, Funded by Ningbo Science and Technology Bureau (with Prof. Eugene Ch’ng)

2016- 2017 Digital Technology Enhanced Cultural Heritage in the Development of the Knowledge Economy, Funded by AHRC Centre for Digital Copyright and IP Research in China and Ningbo Science and Technology Bureau (with Prof. Eugene Ch’ng)


Research Summary

Cultural Heritage, Virtual Reality, Memory and Identity

IP and copyright issues in digital heritage and museum context