Dr Mark Wright

Research Fellow, Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh

Beltane Fellow: 19 April 2011 – 18 Oct 2011

Mark completed his doctorate at the University of Cambridge, on the topic of Computer Vision. He currently works on a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh College of Art. He has worked at the boundary between art, design and technology for over a decade, and has carried out international research on the creation of new digital design media, as well as developing and pioneering new approaches to the relationship between informatics and design. He is well practiced at engaging with collaborators and practitioners from varied areas, though his speciality is working with designers, architects, artists, and other professionals in the digital creative industries.

Mark’s Fellowship is titled: “Forgotten Forests: Exploring panoramic imaging of forests for public engagement”. Working with the Royal Botanic Gardens, he will support the Forgotten Forests project by exploring the capture of panoramic imagery of forests using a range of techniques, and the uses of panoramic imaging and display to engage the public with the woodland spaces. The imagery captured will range from large-scale forest environments down to small-scale mosses, lichen and fungi, and will be displayed on both a large spherical display as well as being available for other devices such as mobile phones.  He will provide data and display techniques for a major public engagement exhibition which will work to raise public awareness of forests as precious and increasingly threatened ecosystems. The Fellowship will also work to create a lasting link between Informatics, Inspace, and the Royal Botanic Gardens.



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