Nov 7, 2013
An interdisciplinary team of Ph.D. students from the University of California, San Diego, recently spent time at archaeological sites in the southern Italian region of Calabria, and they came away with a newfound respect for the daily routine of uncovering the past – and a better understanding of how to safeguard archaeological sites and artifacts for the future.
A final printed version of 'ArchaeoSTOR: A Data Curation System for Research on the Archaeological Frontier' is now available in a special issue of the journal Future Generation Computer Systems. It is part of the data curation methodology spearheaded by IGERT Ph.D. student Aaron Gidding for CISA3's field work in Jordan and his doctoral dissertation. He worked closely with Yuma Matsui on it. The editor's preface spells out the significance of ArchaeoSTOR for e-Science in general.
Students from the University of California, San Diego who are part of a National Science Foundation graduate training program in cultural heritage diagnostics spent part of September and October in the cradle of Western civilization – ancient Greece. There they met with important collaborators at conferences and workshops and explored archaeological sites gathering data for their IGERT projects.
A crowdsourcing effort led by CISA3 research scientist Albert Lin from Calit2's Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego is central to a new challenge as programmers worldwide are invited to develop an active, machine-learning algorithm to match human perception in picking out interesting features in satellite imagery used in Lin's search for the lost burial site of Genghis Khan in Mongolia.
The Qualcomm Institute and its Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3) will provide exciting summer research opportunities for Aliya Hoff and other undergraduates interested in the study and safeguarding of cultural heritage.
CISA3 Researchers Ashley M. Richter, Vid Petrovic, David Vanoni, and John Mangan presented on the utility of developing visualization methodologies for data collection and dissemination and the social meanings of encountering the past as a layer of the present, thereby becoming part of the history of the space. Their paper was presented to the 2013 Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) conference at the University of Chicago, and the University of Southampton in the UK. The paper was entitled "Expanding Layered Realities: Cognitive Annotated Imaging Systems for Accurate Archaeological Visualizations and Augmentations of Space and Time in 3D Immersive Virtual and Physical for Collaborative Research and Public Dissemination." The presentation was part of a session entitled Seeing, Thinking, Doing: Visualization as Archaeological Research, organized by Sara Perry of the University of York and Catriona Cooper of the University of Southampton. It was organized via teleconference so that speakers at Chicago, Southampton, and UC San Diego could present from within their own visualization systems to further emphasize the potential of collaborative visualization with distant colleagues.
CISA3 was visited by his Royal Highness Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan. CISA3 researchers and IGERT Trainees presented their latest work on Cyber-Archaeology in Jordan to his highness as part of his Roads for Success tour of the UCSD campus.
CISA3 Researcher David Vanoni visited San Diego's Kearny High School of Media and Design to engage junior and senior students in learning computer science, discussing with them his own path as a computer scientist and researcher with CISA3, where he applies his technical knowledge to visualizing and experiencing cultural heritage objects through his augmented-reality tablet application, ARtifact.
Five CISA3 Undergraduate Research Interns (CURIs) presented their projects at the 26th Annual UCSD Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) at the UCSD Faculty Club (presented by Academic Enrichment Programs in association with the Experiential Learning Cluster, Student Affairs, and the Office of Research Affairs). In the URC session on Artifacts & Technology, Cognitive Science CURIs James M. Darling and Shelby Cohantz presented on Creating Cognitively Minded User Interfaces for 3D and Augmented Reality Visualizations of Cultural Heritage Spaces and Information. Lead CURI, anthropology undergraduate Aliya Hoff, presented on Diagnostic Visualization Systems and Methodologies for Underwater Archaeology. And anthropology undergraduate Kat Huggins presented her Faculty Mentorship research project entitled "Breaking the Ingot out of the Mold: A Practice Approach to Technological Ceramics." In the URC Session on Materials and NanoEngineering, Chemistry CURI Lillian Wakefield presented on "X-Ray Fluorescence in Cultural Heritage Diagnostics." CURIs Aliya Hoff and Lillian Wakefield have also recently been awarded spots in the coveted Qualcomm Institute/Calit2 Summer Scholars program to pursue their respective research. Aliya will be working with Scripps Institution of Oceanography underwater visualist and professor Jules Jaffe and his team to take CISA3's diagnostic imaging methodologies underwater. Lilli will be working with Professor Maurizio Seracini and his Ph.D. student Samantha Stout on elemental analyses of cultural heritage artifacts.
IGERT Trainee and Archaeological Anthropology Ph.D. candidate Ashley M. Richter has won an Interdisciplinary Research Award from UC San Diego's Office of Graduate Studies and Graduate Student Association.
Great news: Christine Wittich, a grad student from Structural Engineering who is part of CISA3's NSF IGERT program in cultural heritage diagnostics, has won an award from the Science & Engineering Library at UCSD. She received one of the two awards given by S&E Library at the Jacobs School of Engineering's annual ResearchExpo, which took place April 18. Christine's prize-winning poster on "Shake Table Testing of Stiff Model Statue Structures Considering Mass Eccentricity" will be displayed in the library through the summer. The award for "Best Use of the Literature" was selected from among more than 200 posters on display at ResearchExpo.
On March 13, IGERT Trainees David Vanoni, Ashley Richter and Vid Petrovic were among the CISA3 personnel who demonstrated cultural-heritage technologies to attendees from the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), which held its annual meeting at Calit2 UCSD. Click on the link to view a photo gallery on Flickr depicting one of the demos for small groups from CENIC.
UCSD prof. Jules Jaffe, a CISA3-affiliated faculty member in the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is the founding Editor-in-Chief of a new journal, Methods in Oceanography. The publisher, Elsevier, says the journal will focus on new methodology of oceanographic research. According to Jaffe, the journal will "also plan to publish so-called career narratives, authored by leading figures in oceanic methodology."
The findings of the 2012 Petra Cyber-Archaeology Cultural Conservation Expedition, led by CISA3 associate director Tom Levy, are included in a new paper in the March issue of the journal Antiquity. Five IGERT Trainees co-authored the article.
During the recent fall and winter months, CISA3 associate director Tom Levy and his team of archaeologists and computer scientists took their high-tech roadshow from Jordan to Saudi Arabia and back again, conducting field work for both UC San Diego and KAUST in regions of the ancient Holy Land and Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Jordan.