It's been a busy month for some of the CSE Ph.D. students who are part of the NSF IGERT project in cultural heritage based in the Qualcomm Institute's Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3).
In late September, CSE Ph.D. student David Vanoni (at right) was in the 2,000-year-old city of Lecce on the southeastern heel of the boot-shaped Italian peninsula. He presented his research at the first International Conference on Augmented and Virtual Reality (Salento AVR 2014). Vanoni, whose doctoral research has focused primarily on augmented reality, recounted his experience with the "Intuitive Visualization of Reflectance Transformation Imaging for Interactive Analysis of Cultural Artifacts." As with most CISA3-related research, Vanoni collaborated with colleagues from other departments for the underlying research presented in Lecce, i.e., with structural engineering Ph.D. student Li Ge, and with their other co-author, structural engineering professor Falko Kuester, who is a faculty-affiliate in CSE and director of CISA3.
Vanoni and fellow CSE Ph.D. candidate Vid Petrovic (at left) later accompanied Kuester to the second annual CyArk 500 Summit at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. October 7-8. The event focused on democratizing cultural heritage by enabling access to information, technology and support. Government ministers, corporate executives, diplomats, scholars, and heritage professionals attended the event to learn about new technologies that are benefiting and augmenting heritage preservation. Specifically, the summit aimed to update progress in meeting the CyArk 500 Challenge, whose goal is to digitally preserve 500 heritage sites in five years in order to “save these cultural heritage sites digitally before more are ravaged by war, terrorism, arson, urban sprawl, climate change, earthquakes, floods, and other threats.” Kuester gave an invited talk on digital archives for cultural heritage diagnostics and preservation, while Petrovic and Vanoni had the opportunity to deliver related research involving their respective computer-science contributions to cultural heritage. Petrovic focused on "Visual Analytics Techniques for Big Data," while Vanoni explored "Augmented Reality Techniques for Multi-Spectral Data Analysis." CyArk was founded in 2003 to create a free, 3D online library of the world’s cultural heritage sites using laser scanning and other technologies of the sort used by CISA3 for projects in art, archaeology and historic structures.