Computer Vision in Archaeology

2nd Workshop on:
Applications of Computer Vision in Archaeology ACVA’10’–
Vision, Visualization, and Computational Methods for Cultural Heritage NeedsThis workshop explores the application of computer vision research, visualization, and computational methods to cultural heritage needs. In specific, it focuses on emerging computer science methods and technologies useful for digitally recording, preserving, and reconstructing archaeological artifacts and for presenting archaeological site interpretations. Archaeologists, cultural heritage preservationists and computer vision, visualization, graphics, and new media practitioners will comprise this forum which is supported by the NSF’s cultural heritage research division.When: Sunday, June 13th, 2010
Where: San Francisco, California
In conjunction with the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (IEEE CVPR 2010), San Francisco, CA, June 13-18 2010.
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PLEASE NOTE the following important dates:
–The paper submission deadline is March 27th, 2010. Manuscripts should be in the CVPR paper format.

–Notification of acceptance is April 8th, 2010, and  submission of camera ready papers is April 13th.
In submitting a manuscript to the workshop, the authors acknowledge that no paper substantially similar in content has been submitted to another conference or workshop. Papers accepted for the workshop will be allocated 6 pages in the proceedings, with the option of purchasing up to 2 extra pages for $100 per page. For more details check the workshop website**********************************************
Background Information
Research and application developments over the past decade have proven that computer vision research, visualization, and computational methods are natural tools for meeting cultural heritage needs. In particular, several avenues important for archaeological and cultural preservation and interpretation have been explored and new and emerging technologies are transforming all phases of archaeological practice from discovery in the field, through artifact analysis and conservation, to the presentation of new findings to the public. Use of computer visualization in cultural heritage preservation includes surveying, mapping and documenting historically significant and endangered sites, and establishing baseline studies for the restoration of historically significant buildings, artifacts, and cultural landscapes. Computational archaeology efforts range from the creation of virtual libraries (digital publishing of field records) to computer assisted artifact mending technologies to 3D presentations of historical site interpretations. Computational archaeology research promises more efficient, timely, and cost effective data retrieval and optimized knowledge transmission and reception.
Several research teams (many operating under the auspices of the NSF cultural resources program) have been developing computer vision enabling technologies that promise to transform archaeological research as it is practiced and presented. For continued progress, individuals active in this cultural heritage research domain need to learn from one another’s successes and project refinements – a scenario that lends itself to new developments born out of coalescing trajectories. This workshop is devoted to the current challenges, research issues, and advances in the application of computer technologies to  archaeological cultural heritage. This workshop will foster necessary synergism between the archaeological community, cultural heritage preservationists and the computational, visualization, and new media communities at large so as to nurture the novel computer vision technology applications relevant to cultural heritage. This workshop is a follow up to the IEEE/CVPR workshop on Applications of Computer Vision in Archaeology ACVA’03 that was held in June 2003 in Madison, Wisconsin. It brings together archaeologists, cultural heritage preservationists, and computer vision, visualization, graphics, and new media practitioners to discuss the aims and goals of current research projects. The forum will explore the state-of-art of computer science for digitally recording, preserving and reconstructing artifacts and presenting site interpretations. The topics to be discussed are those assisting cultural heritage preservation by transforming archaeological laboratory practice and interpretation through:

  • Precision 3D shape modeling and reconstruction
  • Thin shell objects reconstruction
  • Measurement of style in order to recognize the artisan or factory that produced the artifact
  • Monitoring, cataloguing and visualization
  • Surveying, mapping and other digital documenting techniques for large areas
  • Surface marking and texture modeling for vessel reconstruction
  • Artifact stitching and mending and sherd modeling
  • Object scanning for virtual reality for virtual site navigation and virtual museums
  • Computer Vision-enabled laboratory artifact processing
  • Computer Vision-enabled collections management
  • Archaeological collection re-use via digital proxies
  • New and optimized possibilities for digitized artifact use in public interpretation

These topics are meant to be suggestive rather than exclusive.********************************************ChairsFernand CohenGeneral and Program ChairDrexel UniversityBenjamin KimiaProgram Co-ChairBrown UniversityWorkshop OrganizersFernand CohenGeneral and Program ChairDrexel UniversityBenjamin KimiaProgram Co-ChairBrown UniversityKo NishinoPublications ChairDrexel UniversityGabriel TaubinLocal arrangement ChairBrown UniversityStephen GriffinSponsorNational Science FoundationProgram CommitteeMoshe Ben-EzraMicrosoft AsiaMichael S. BrownNational University of SingaporeFernand CohenDrexel UniversityDavid CooperBrown UniversityMaurizio ForteUniversity of California, MercedKatsushi IkeuchiUniversity of TokyoPatrice JeppsonDrexel UniversityBen KimiaBrown UniversityJed LevinNational Park ServiceThomas LevyUniversity of California, San DiegoGlen MuschioDrexel UniversityKo NishinoDrexel UniversityHolly RushmeierYale UniversitySzymon RusinkiewiczPrinceton UniversityIlan ShimshoniUniversity of HaifaAli ShokoufandehDrexel UniversityAyellet TalTechnion UniversityGabriel TaubinBrown UniversityLuc Van-Gool, ETHUniversity at ZurichLior WolffTel Aviv University