Dr. Damiano Benvegnù Awarded CompX Grant by Neukom Institute for Computation Science!

Dr. Damiano Benvegnù's interdisciplinary project "Digital Pilgrims: Thick-Mapping the Smith Pond Shaker Forest" has just been awarded a 2020 CompX Faculty Grant by the Neukom Institute for Computation Science. 

Benvegnù's project is an exploratory attempt to use augmented reality to create a "thick-map" application for the Smith Pond Shaker Forest – a 995-acre property near Mascoma Lake in Enfield, NH – that can provide both a dynamic historical record of the human-nonhuman interaction in the area and an opportunity for those who want to hike the property to be socio-environmentally engaged. 

Designed in collaboration with the Upper Valley Land Trust, this augmented reality app would offer an opportunity to experience one's ecological positionality through alternative cultural and material narratives of socio-environmental engagement within a discreet area. The "Digital Pilgrims" project not only aligns with Benvegnù's work as an environmental humanist and teacher, but also reveals the rich possibilities offered by the intersection of landscape history, cultural narratives, environmental awareness, and cutting-edge digital technology.

[Photo of the Smith Pond Shaker Forest courtesy of the UVLT]