Bringing Life to the Book of Kells Busts

Proposed by Iman Zolanvari
Email: Iman dot zolanvari at

Book of Kells library has busts of many great philosophers and writers of the western world. The research aims to develop an AR app to visualise a 3D model of an original character and project it onto the bust. Then, people can see the colourful texture of the bust along with some general information of the bust (e.g. from their Wikipedia page) on their smartphone’s screen.
The task requires knowledge of 3D mesh reconstruction, Unity and app development. Dr Rogerio da Silva would also supervise this project.

Socrates Bust at Book of Kells – Courtesy of Allan Henderson

An Example of Socrates Bust 3D Model – Courtesy of Art Maxwell

An Example of Textured 3D model of Socrates Bust – Courtesy of Robert Kubus


An AR Door to the History of TCD

Proposed by Iman Zolanvari & Rogerio da Silva
Email: Iman dot zolanvari at or rogerio dot silva at tcd dot ie

Malton’s views of College Green (1792–9) at façade of TCD – Courtesy of

Trinity College Dublin (TCD) main campus construction started around the 18th century. The project aims to visualise a crowd simulation of the virtual people who were walking through the campus three centuries ago with their vintage clothes. For that purpose, an AR app would be developed to show the crowd simulation on the campus in full scale. The user would look at the smartphone screen and see animated characters acting (e.g. walking) on the real campus.

An Example of using AR gate – Enter the Room AR app