Current areas of teaching and interest are generative art works and the application of motion capture. Another area of interest is the development of appropriate platforms for the display and exhibition of moving image work, particularly student work.
Previous academic roles have also included the course leadership of MA Interaction Design, MA Puppetry and Digital Animation, MA Design for Film, Television & Events and MA Film Practice.
In addition, David currently supervises postgraduate students and projects in areas of research interest.
Dr David Downes’ areas of interest are both intra and cross disciplinary.
Examples of research have included digital ‘stained’ glass, interactive environments and generative animation.
An active area of sustained interest and research is X-ray systems and imaging processing, in particular for security and other applications. David is a member of the Imaging Science Group.
Sponsors and collaborators
Roma Patel (The Society of British Theatre Design)
Current and recent research conducted as part of the Imaging Science Group is with the collaboration, funding and/or support of:
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
US Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Please see the iRep entries by following the link below.
Abusaeeda, O., Evans, J., Downes, D. "Color view synthesis for animated depth security X-ray imaging". 32th International Conference on Computer Vision, Image and Signal Processing (ICCVISP 2012), ISBN 2010-3778, pp. 1024-1029, Paris, France, 25th 26th April 2012.
Abusaeeda, O., Evans, J., Downes, D., & Chan, J., “Animated depth employing image synthesis for 3D security X-ray imaging”. Signal Processing and Information Technology (ISSPIT 2011), 11th IEEE International Symposium on, pp. 161-166. Bilbao, Spain, 14th 17th December 2011.
Abusaeeda, O., Evans, J., Downes, D., & Chan, J., "View synthesis of KDEX imagery for 3D security X-ray imaging". IET, Imaging for Crime Detection and Prevention (ICDP 2011), 4th International Conference on, pp. 1-6. London, UK, 3rd 4th November 2011.
Chan, J., Omar, A., Evans, J., Downes, D., Wang, X., & Liu, Y., "Feasibility of SIFT to synthesise KDEX imagery for aviation luggage security screening". IET, Imaging for Crime Detection and Prevention (ICDP 2009), 3rd International Conference on, pp. 1-6. London, UK, 3rd December 2009.
Vassiliades V., Evans J. P. O., Kaufman L., Chan J. W. and Downes D., "A Human centred approach for Improving Airport Security", The Ergonomics Society Annual Conference, April 2008.
Evans J. P. O., Kaufman L., Vassiliades, V., Chan J. W. and Downes D., "Human Factors Evaluation of Kinetic Depth X-ray Imagery for Aviation Security Screening", The Ergonomics Society Annual Conference, Nottingham, April 2007.
Interactive Installation (collaboration with Roma Patel): An interactive piece for the ‘Collaborators’ exhibition, national exhibition of Theatre design organised by The Society of British Theatre Design, Waverley Building, Nottingham (2007) and V&A London (2007-2008).See all of David Downes's publications...