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Upcoming Events

GRAVITATE @ Talks at National Gallery - Washington DC

24/02/2017

Location: Washington DC, USA
Represented by: The British Museum

Dominic Oldman, Head of ResearchSpace at the British Museum and a Senior Curator in the Collections Directorate, will give two different presentations on his work in the use of digital tools and resources for research in the humanities and cultural heritage. In the morning, he will present a seminar that delves into the building of data resources for humanities research. In the afternoon, he will describe the powerful features and resources of ResearchSpace, a new tool for empowering digital research.

More information:
https://sites.google.com/a/researchspace.org/researchspace/home/project-...


Past Events


GRAVITATE giving a workshop presentation @ The joint Italian-Israeli workshop on the Application of Novel Technology in Cultural Heritage

06/12/2016

Location: Haifa, Israel
Represented by: Technion/Haifa


GRAVITATE participating @ ‘Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies’

02/11/2016

Location: Nicosia
Represented by: CyI

More information:
https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/europe-chan...


GRAVITATE participating @ 'Past Forward: When Computer Vision and Archaeology Meet'

26/10/2016

Location: Canberra, Australia
Represented by: Technion, Haifa

The Research School of Computer Science invites you to attend a Seminar presented by Prof Ayellet Tal, titled "Past Forward: When Computer Vision and Archaeology Meet". Technology is the symbol of our age. Nevertheless, some fields have been left out of this revolution. One of these is archaeology, where many things are still done manually - from the initial excavations, through documentation, to restoration. It turns out that some of these tasks are classical computer vision tasks, such as puzzle solving, shape completion, matching and edge detection. The objects, however, are much harder to deal with than usual, since they are broken and eroded after laying underground for thousands of years. Therefore, being able to handle these objects benefits not only archaeology, but also computer vision. In this talk I will describe some of the algorithms we developed to replace restoration , documentation, and comparison with new technologies that perform the tasks with greater efficiency and accuracy.

More information:
https://cecs.anu.edu.au/events/past-forward-when-computer-vision-and-archaeology-meet


GRAVITATE participating @ Understanding Europe – Promoting the European Public and Cultural Space

17/10/2016 - 18/10/2016

Location: Brussels
Represented by: ITInnov

More information:
https://ec.europa.eu/research/social-sciences/index.cfm?pg=events&eventcode=CAC303F0-96CE-E20A-7906492E83356267


GRAVITATE participating @ Israel-China Symposium

15/10/2016-16/10/2016

Location: Kunming, China
Represented by: Technion, Haifa


14th EUROGRAPHICS Workshop on Graphics and Cultural Heritage

5/10/2016 - 07/10/2016

Location: Genova, Italy

http://gch2016.ge.imati.cnr.it
Find the program here: http://gch2016.ge.imati.cnr.it/index.php/technical-program

The 14th EUROGRAPHICS Workshop on Graphics and Cultural Heritage (GCH 2016) aims to foster an international dialogue between ICT experts and CH scientists to have a better understanding of the critical requirements for processing, managing, and delivering cultural information to a broader audience. The objective of the workshop is to present and showcase new developments within the overall process chain, from data acquisition, analysis and synthesis, 3D documentation, and data management, to new forms of interactive presentations and 3D printing solutions. Interdisciplinary approaches for analysis, classification and interpretation of cultural artefacts are particularly relevant to the event.

The intention of GCH 2016 is also to establish a scientific forum for scientists and CH professionals to exchange and disseminate novel ideas and techniques in research, education and dissemination of Cultural Heritage, transfer them in practice, and trace future research and technological directions.

Therefore, we seek original, innovative and previously unpublished contributions in the computer graphics area applied to digital cultural heritage, challenging the state of the art solutions and leveraging new ideas for future developments. Specific sessions will be devoted to reports on applications, experiences and projects in this domain.

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IMPORTANT DATES
May 2 Abstract
May 9 Full Papers, Short Papers
June 30 Notification
Sept 5 Final Camera Ready
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Proceedings

All the accepted papers will be published by the Eurographics Association and will be stored in the EG Digital Library.
The authors of selected best papers will be invited to submit an extended version to the ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH, see at http://jocch.acm.org/).

Event Co-Chairs

Bianca Falcidieno - CNR IMATI, Italy
Dieter Fellner - TU Darmstadt/Fraunhofer IGD, Germany

Program Co-Chairs

Chiara Eva Catalano - CNR IMATI, Italy
Livio De Luca - MAP (Models and simulations for Architecture and Cultural Heritage) Lab, CNRS, France

More information:
http://www.slideshare.net/GRAVITATEproject/14th-eurographics-workshop-on-graphics-and-cultural-heritage


GRAVITATE participating @ Workshop: ArchAIDE public presentation

14/06/2016

Location: Pisa, Italy
Represented by CNR

Participation to the public presentation of the ArchAIDE project.


Dissemination meeting held in Amsterdam alongside GA

08/06/2016

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
All partners attended

Presentations from GRAVITATE:
Sebastiaan de Vet, planetary geomorphologist | Raphael Panhuysen, UVA forensic anthropologist | Loes Opgenhaffen, Panoptes, a CH digital heritage company | Prof. Lulof, archaeologist


EC-Projects@IMATI: GRAVITATE presented at EUROGRAPHICS 2016

12/05/2016

EC-Projects@IMATI

Session Details: Thurday May 12, 2016 – 14:00 – 15:30
Location: FIL Conference Congress, S4

The Shape and Semantics Modelling Group at IMATI-CNR is quite active in research and development projects that involve 3D modelling and processing. These projects give the opportunity to apply research outcomes in a variety of application contexts, often bringing about new challenges and interesting research venues. We would like to present three ongoing projects, one FP7 and two H2020, which we believe could have the highest interest for EUROGRAPHICS attendance.

Where you can find references to GRAVITATE:

GRAVITATE – 2015-2018

http://www.gravitate-project.eu

GRAVITATE – Geometric Reconstruction and Novel Semantic Reunification of Cultural Heritage Objects– grant agreement 665155 – Research and Innovation Action – EC H2020 – Reflective-7-2014 Advanced 3D modelling for accessing and understanding European cultural assets

Consortium: IT Innovation (UK), Univ. of Amsterdam (NL), CNR-IMATI (IT), British Museum (UK, Cyprus Institute (CY), TECHNION (IL)

Objectives: Inspired by the needs of the Cultural Heritage community and the emerging trends of geometric and semantic research, the consortium will the creation of a set of software tools that will allow archaeologists and curators to reconstruct shattered or broken cultural objects, to identify and re-unify parts of a cultural object that has been separated across collections and to recognise associations between cultural artefacts that will allow new knowledge and understanding of past societies to be inferred.

Keywords: similarity matching, semantic search, complementarity and compatibility, feature analysis, classification


GRAVITATE Presentation: Digital Visualisation in the Humanities

31/03/2016

Location: University of Reading, UK
Represented by The Cyprus Institute

Presented under a series of a Digital Visualisation Colloquium
Title of presentation: "One step ahead, two steps back- waltzing into digital realms with 3D Archaeology"

For more information:
http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/virtual-rome/2016/01/15/digital-visualisation-colloquium/


GRAVITATE 's Poster at CAA2016

29/03/2016 - 02/04/2016

Location: Oslo, Norway
Represented by The Cyprus Institute

Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference, CAA 2016 OSLO Exploring oceans of data

For more information:
http://caaconference.org/


Interviewing GRAVITATE

February 2016

Location: Israel
Represented by Technion/Haifa

An interview in Reshet Aleph, which is a national public radio station in Israel.


GRAVITATE participating @ Workshop: Digital Humanities

25/10/2015 - 27/10/2015

Location: Oxford, UK
Represented by the British Museum

Description of ResearchSpace search system, including Salamis examples from GRAVITATE.


GRAVITATE @ RICHES First Policy Seminar

19/10/2015

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Represented by the IT Innovation Centre

The aim of the seminar is to establish a framework of cooperation .

For more information:
http://www.riches-project.eu/first-policy-seminar.html


WORKSHOP 85 "The Role of Similarity in the Re-unification, Re-assembly and Re-association of 3D Artefacts"

28/09/2015 - 02/10/2015

Thematic area: The workshop fits primarily in the Analysis and Interpretation area and also in the Digital Heritage Projects and Applications.

Part I - 10:00 - 11:00
http://digitalheritage2015.sched.org/event/10983250d969910b28368e9e7823caed#.VflaIJcfI7x
10:00 -­ 10:10 The Role of Similarity in the Re-­unification, Re-­assembly and Re-­association of 3D Artefacts: An Introduction to the Workshop -­ Bianca Falcidieno, Michela Spagnuolo
10:10 -­ 10:35 The Salamis Terracotta Statues – A Multidisciplinary Research Approach -­ Sorin Hermon, Vera Moitinho de Almeida
10:35 -­ 11:00 Scan4Reco: Characterization of Artworks Material Through Photometric and Microscopic Analysis - Anastasios Drosou, Dimitrios Tzovaras, Claudia Daffara, Andrea Giachetti, Carlo Reghelin, Enrico Gobbetti, Ruggero Pintus

Part II - 11:30 - 13:30
http://digitalheritage2015.sched.org/event/3bea1dd6f00fbbf1f259aeea570bc81b#.Vfl0sZcfI7w
11:30 -­ 11:55 The Application of Semantic Techniques to CH Artifact Description, Contextualisation and Discovery of Associative Relationships Between Artifacts -­ Paul W Walland
11:55 -­ 12:20 Addressing Similarities for Predictive Digitisation, Re-­assembly and Completion of 3D Cultural Heritage Objects in the PRESIOUS Project - T. Theoharis, I. Pratikakis, G. Papaioannou, T. Schreck, D. Rieke-­Zapp, A. Andreadis, F. Arnaoutoglou, R. Gregor,P. Mavridis, M. Savelonas, k. Sfikas, I. Sipiran, K. Vardis
12:20 -­ 12:45 3D Artifacts Similarity Based on the Concurrent Evaluation of Heterogeneous Properties - Silvia Biasotti, Andrea Cerri, Bianca Falcidieno, Michela Spagnuolo
12:45 -­ 13:10 What do Thirty-­one Columns Say About a Thirty-­second? - Livio De Luca
13:10 -­ 13:30 Closing Discussion

Digital manipulation and analysis of tangible cultural objects has the potential to bring about a revolution in the way classification, stylistic analysis, or refitting of fragments is handled in the cultural heritage area: 3D modelling, processing and analysis are now mature enough to allow handling 3D digitized objects as if they were physical, and semantic models allow for a rich documentation of many different aspects of artefacts or assets of any complexity, as well as of contextual information about them.

In this context, the workshop was promoted by the recently started EC project GRAVITATE with the aim of bringing together researchers and professionals in Cultural Heritage contributing their perspective on the impact of digital techniques on re-­unification, re-assembly and re-­association of fragmented or dispersed cultural assets. Similarity evaluation is underlying most of these challenges. Comparative reasoning on artefacts and artifact's properties may relate to geometric attributes (e.g., spatial extent, aspect), to colorimetric properties (e.g., colour, texture), to specific traits that fragments exhibit (e.g., decorations), or to metadata documenting the artefacts. The workshop programme will give an overview of how computational similarity is addressed by ongoing research activities and European projects, and how it can be used at the geometric and semantic level for artefact and fragment analysis, supported by advanced digitalization techniques.

The workshop programme can be of interest for scientists and CH professionals and curators, who could learn about the recent developments in the field of shape analysis and semantic description of 3D digital artefacts and contribute to the discussion with their own experience.

Proposers:
Michela Spagnuolo is Research Director at CNR-IMATI-GE, where she is leading the activities on Advanced techniques for the analysis and synthesis of 3D shapes. Her research interests include geometric and semantic modelling of 3D objects, computational topology for the analysis of shapes, method for the evaluation of similarity at the structural and semantic level. She authored more than 130 reviewed papers, is associate editor of international journals in Computer Graphics (currently, The Visual Computer and Computers&Graphics). She is member of the steering committee of Shape Modeling International, EG Workshop on 3D Object Retrieval and EG Workshop on Graphics and Cultural Heritage. In 2014, she was nominated Fellow of the Eurographics Association.

Bianca Falcidieno is a Research Director of the National Research Council (CNR) of Italy. She has been leading and coordinating research at international level in advanced and interdisciplinary fields (such as computational mathematics, computer graphics, multidimensional media and knowledge technologies), strongly interacting with industrial, cultural and social application fields. She coordinated several national and international projects and was in charge of various international commitments, including editorial tasks in international journals (currently, Computers&Graphics and Graphical Models), organization of international conferences and workshops as the Chair or Co-chair and participation in international conference program committees. Bianca Falcidieno is the author of over 200 scientific refereed papers and books. She is a EUROGRAPHICS fellow and for the 80th CNR anniversary, she was included in the 12 top-level female researchers in the history of CNR.

Contact information:
Institute of Applied Mathematics and Information Technologies - National Research Council– Genova, Via De Marini, 6 - 16149 Genova (Italy)
Ph. +390106475671, Fax: +390106475660 - e-mail: {michela.spagnuolo, bianca.falcidieno}@ge.imati.cnr.it

Workshop Synopsis :

Digital manipulation and analysis of tangible cultural objects has the potential to bring about a revolution in the way classification, stylistic analysis, or refitting of fragments is handled in the cultural heritage area: 3D modelling, processing and analysis are now mature enough to allow handling 3D digitized objects as if they were physical, and semantic models allow for a rich documentation of many different aspects of artefacts or assets of any complexity, as well as of contextual information about them.
In this context, the workshop is focusing methods for analysing, presenting and documenting digital cultural assets, with focus on research challenges related to the re-unification, re-assembly and re-association of artefacts. Re-unification is the process of discovering parts of the same object held in different collections and evaluate if and how they could fit together. Re-assembly consists in digitally recreating an historical artefact by the set of its fragments. Re-association of objects allows researchers to look for new understanding and insights into the movement and links between different communities on the basis of similar artefacts found in different locations. Similarity evaluation is underlying most of these challenges, as the ability to reason on the several and diverse artifact properties, which may relate to geometric attributes (e.g., spatial extent, aspect), to colorimetric properties (e.g., colour, texture), to specific traits that fragments exhibit (e.g., decorations), or to metadata documenting the artefacts.
Emphasis will be given to the role of shape analysis for fragment analysis, which is a specific area where the digital setting may support a safer and enhanced manipulation of fragile and precious artefacts. The vast majority of archaeological objects are discovered indeed in a fragmentary state; then, the extent of archaeological research possible is hampered by the poor state of preservation of these objects, and much effort and time is expended in trying to cluster and re-compose these fragments as accurately and completely as possible to reconstruct the original object representations. This process is further complicated when the different parts of these artefacts have become dispersed amongst a number of different collections, whether public or private. In some cases, the owners of these collections prove very reluctant to give up physical artefacts to others, but usually have no objections in releasing 3D surrogates of these items. Here, the need of analysing incomplete and degraded objects will be matter of discussion and state-of-the-art contributions will be presented. Complementarily, re-association instead opens up new perspectives on how the analysis of geographically dispersed cultural objects might be analysed, thanks to novel means of processing, comparing and matching shape, stylistic traits and any other semantics-driven information that could be integrated in a comprehensive and multi-modal documentation of the digital assets.

For more information:
http://www.slideshare.net/GRAVITATEproject/the-role-of-similarity-in-the-reunification-reassembly-and-reassociation-of-3d-artefacts


GRAVITATE @ ISF Focus Day

October 2015

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Represented by Technion/Haifa

"Past Forward: When Computer Graphics and Archaeology meet"


GRAVITATE giving a seminar for the opening NICAS Netherlands Institure for Conservation, Art and Science

25/09/2015

Location: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Awareness of GRAVITATE, for possible conservation spin-off

For more information:
http://www.nwo.nl/en/research-and-results/programmes/ew/nicas/index.html


GRAVITATE presented at SmartData workshop

18/08/2015

Location: San Jose, USA
Represented by the British Museum

Introduction to Knowledge Graphs and Rich Semantic Search with Denny Vrandecic, Google

For more information:
http://smartdata2015.dataversity.net/sessionPop.cfm?confid=91&proposalid=7723


GRAVITATE @ Seminar: ResearchSpace search system

17/08/2015

Location: San Francisco, USA
Represented by the British Museum

Description of ResearchSpace search system, including Salamis examples from GRAVITATE project.


Organizing AthenaPlus Workshop: Shaping together the Future of Heritage Sciences

10/06/2015 - 10/08/2015

Location: Nicosia, Cyprus
Hosted by: The Cyprus Institute

Establish a framework of international cooperation.


Talking about GRAVITATE @ Museum Ha'aretz

June 2015

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Represented by Technion/Haifa

A lecture at the Ha'Aretz Museum which is a multidisciplinary museum that focuses on the history and culture of Israel through exhibits in the diverse fields of archeology, ethnography, post and philately, folklore, Judaica, traditional crafts, and popular art, cultural history, and local identity.


GRAVITATE 's Conference Paper on CVPR 2015

June 2015

Location: Boston, USA
Represented by Technion/Haifa

A paper on reassembly.

For the publication:
http://www.cv-foundation.org/openaccess/content_cvpr_2015/papers/Paikin_Solving_Multiple_Square_2015_CVPR_paper.pdf


A GRAVITATE Keynote Speaker at Computer Graphics International (CGI) 2015

June 2015

Location: Strasburg, France
Represented by Technion/Haifa

"Past Forward: When Computer Graphics and Archaeology meet"


Teleconference with Scan4Reco

2015

Represented by IT Innovation Centre

A discussion on synergies between the projects.