Dr Frederick Baker and Marcel Karnapke have been awarded the 3D Media Guild award in virtual reality animation for "Pitoti Prometheus". The 17 minute long 360° VR film uses the 3D scans of prehistoric rock art from Valcamonica and the performances of volumetrically scanned actors, to dramatise an episode from the classical Greek tale of Prometheus using dialogue from the German poet Goethe. The film is a Digital Humanites research project and creates a 360 degree spherical image around the user. It focuses on the moment when Prometheus raises humankind from the rocks and so brings static figures to life. This moment of animation, echoes the work of the European Union funded '3D Pitoti' research consortium, who worked on the 3D scanning, analysis and visualisation of the Camunian rock art between 2013 and 2016 - www.3D-Pitoti.eu. The film was developed by the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research and was a Cambridge University deliverable . Through the EU FP7 consortium Baker and Karnapke were able to work particularly closely with the Bauhaus University in Weimar in Germany, using new volumetric camera techniques developed by Stefan Beck at the Virtual Reality Lab, as well as the Bauhaus Motion Capture Lab. The animation research built on work started by the Cambridge Prehistoric Picture Project - www.pitoti.org and the film was scored by the composer and Cambridge alumni George Taylor (Fitzwiliam). The VR film "Pitoti Prometheus" will go on general release at the world's first VR cinema in Amsterdam from the 8th of March 2017.
Dr Meritxell Huch, Group Leader at the Wellcome Trust/ Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, has been awarded a Hamdan Award for Medical Research Excellence 2015-2016 for her work on liver disorders.
Professor Valerie Gibson (Cavendish Laboratory) and Dr Mateja Jamnik (Computer Laboratory) have both received a Royal Society award for their efforts to increase and advance women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
Dr Siddharth Saxena has been recognised for his role in the preservation of ethnic and cultural traditions of the people of Central Asia and assistance in establishing international cultural cooperation.
Dr Paul Schofield, from the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, is awarded the Ontology Alignment Evaluation Initiative prize.
The Experimental Physicist will deliver the prestigious lecture in recognition of his remarkable academic, technical and commercial achievements in nano-magnetics.
Professor Dino Giussani acknowledged for his major contributions to obstetrics, gynaecology and to the wellbeing of women .