Computational Analysis in Cultural Heritage Applications

Day - Time: 17 February 2014, h.11:30
Place: Area della Ricerca CNR di Pisa - Room: C-40
  • Tim Weyrich (Department of Computer Science, University College London)

Roberto Scopigno


Through the increasing availability of high-quality consumer hardware for advanced imaging tasks, digital imaging and scanning are gradually pervading general practice in cultural heritage preservation and archaeology. In most cases, however, imaging and scanning are predominantly means of documentation and archival, and digital processing ends with the creation of a digital image or 3D model. At the example of three projects, the speaker will demonstrate how careful analysis of the underlying cultural-heritage questions allows for bespoke solutions that--through joint development of imaging procedures, data analysis and visualisations--directly support conservators and humanities researchers in their work. Tim Weyrich will report on his experiences with fresco reconstruction at the Akrotiri Excavation, Santorini, on the reconstruction of fire-damaged parchment with London Metropolitan Archives, and on the analysis of Egyptian papyri with the Petrie Museum in London.

Short Bio:

Tim Weyrich is an Associate Professor in the Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics group in the Department of Computer Science, University College London, and co-founder and Associate Director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities. Prior to coming to UCL, Tim was a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow of Princeton University, working in the Princeton Computer Graphics Group, a post I took after receiving his PhD from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 2006. His research interests are appearance modelling and fabrication, point-based graphics, 3D reconstruction, cultural heritage computing and digital humanities.