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Digital Humanities

The Digital Humanities research theme lies at the intersection of computing and the humanities, with a particular focus on multimodal analytics and virtual heritage.


Multimodal analytics exploits advances in digital technologies to draw new information and meaning from data. This new approach is a crucial element of big data analytics, and offers valuable frameworks for understanding events, situations and issues, such as improving coordinated relief efforts for natural disasters.

Virtual heritage research investigates ways in which people could learn about history and heritage through the use of interactive and immersive digital media, such as games and interactive museum exhibits. Researchers blend cultural and historical studies with applied visualisation skills, such as GIS, 3D computer-aided design and computer animation, mixed reality and virtual reality, human computer interaction theory and practice, and principles of interaction design.

Current research projects

There are many research projects underway within this theme. Some examples include:

  • two lost ships project
  • multimodal education
  • interactive history
  • multimodal literacy
  • virtual reality and related simulation.

Though only a selection of projects has been listed here, Curtin is interested to discuss any research idea relating to digital humanities.