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Professor of Cultural Computing, Director NVIDIA Joint-Lab on Mixed Reality, University of Nottingham

Professor Eugene Ch’ng joined the School of International Communications as Professor of Cultural Computing in 2017, and is the founding Director of the NVIDIA Joint-Lab on Mixed Reality, a NVIDIA Technology Centre 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. Prof. Ch’ng is also an associate editor for MIT Press Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments.

Prof. Ch’ng’s research is interdisciplinary and integrates computational approaches for solving humanities and social sciences issues, leading research in the development and application of cutting-edge technology in digital culture and heritage. He was invited twice, in 2012 and 2015 to present his research on computational archaeology at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, and was an organiser and speaker at the Royal Society Theo Murphy Scientific meeting in 2017. He has also been invited to present at two British Science Festivals, at the Orkney International Science Festival, and for Darwin’s Bicentenary Shift-Time Exhibition for his Mixed Reality work.

Prof. Ch’ng has been featured in numerous international media such as National Geographic Television and Channel Four’s Time Team Special amongst others. He was invited to join the ReACH (Reproduction of Art and Cultural Heritage) programme in 2017 by the Victoria & Albert Museum to review and redraft Henry Cole 1867 Charter, and now sits in the Technical Committee due to his understanding of the structure of digital copies at both the native and the representation level, and his years of experience in small and large-scale heritage projects.

Prof. Ch’ng holds a number of ongoing and completed grants. He was PI for The Leverhulme Trust’s ‘Collaborative Environment for Assisted 3D Reconstruction of Cuneiform Tablets’, leading a team which made the first automated computational join for Cuneiform fragments. He was also PI for a Silk Road cultural heritage database project and PI for a project evaluating IP management in China’s museums supported by the AHRC Centre for Digital Copyright and IP Research in China and Ningbo Science and Technology Bureau. Prof. Ch’ng leads the complex systems modelling in the €2.5M ERC ‘Lost Frontiers’ Advanced Grant. He is a Co-I of the AHRC Curious Travellers Project. He was awarded the Ningbo Municipal Individual 3315 Talent award in 2015. 


  • 2017–present
    Professor of Cultural Computing, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • 2013–2017
    Assoc. Prof in Computer Science, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • 2011–2013
    Senior Lecturer in Visualisation, University of Birmingham


  • 2007 
    University of Birmingham, PhD in Electronics, Electrical and Computer Engineering (Best PhD Award)