PARISH – Dr. Damian Schofield, director of Human Computer Interaction at SUNY Oswego, recently visited the students of Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District to share his thoughts, research and work on new emerging technologies.
The students seemed in a trance as Schofield shared his many accomplishments and world travels.
With a Ph.D in computer science, Schofield spent some years working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation re-constructing crime scenes via animation.
Using facial reconstruction software, he has also worked with the Discovery Channel on Egypt’s Queen Nefertiti’s mummified remains.
Schofield showed some of his past research work to the APW students, including forensic animation (recreation of crime scenes using computer games technology) and facial reconstruction work on skeletal remains.
The students had the opportunity to witness multiple demonstrations involving touchless computers, virtual and augmented realty and even a dancing robot.
Schofield said that he doesn’t just study computers, he studies how humans use and interact with technology.
He re-stated a quote often attributed to Edsger W. Dijkstra, “Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.”
The students left the presentation with excitement about new emerging technologies and with a newfound knowledge of technology career fields they could pursue.