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Reconstructing the Past: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Meet Cultural Heritage

Descrizione del progetto

Nuovi sistemi robotici ricompongono antichi reperti

La ricostruzione fisica di opere d’arte frantumate rappresenta una delle fasi più laboriose della ricerca archeologica. Estratti dai siti di scavo, sono innumerevoli i reperti antichi, quali vasi, anfore e affreschi, che presentano danni. Il progetto RePAIR, finanziato dall’UE, agevolerà il processo di ricostruzione per dare nuova vita alle antiche opere d’arte. Nello specifico, svilupperà un sistema robotico intelligente in grado di elaborare, abbinare e assemblare fisicamente in modo autonomo grandi reperti frammentati in una frazione del tempo necessario agli esseri umani. Questo nuovo sistema sarà testato all’interno di casi di studio emblematici provenienti dal sito patrimonio mondiale dell’UNESCO di Pompei. Restaurerà due affreschi di fama mondiale, attualmente in migliaia di frammenti e conservati all’interno di depositi.

Obiettivo

Our goal with this project is to develop a ground-breaking technology to virtually eliminate one of the most labour-intensive and frustrating steps in archaeological research, namely the physical reconstruction of shattered artworks. Indeed, countless vases, amphoras, frescos and other ancient artefacts, all over the world, have not survived intact and were dug out from excavation sites as large collections of fragments, many of which are damaged, worn out or missing altogether. Reconstruction of small artefacts is typically done by experienced operators, possibly with the assistance of dedicated software, but when the number of fragments is large (say, of the order of thousands) manual or computer-assisted restoration is simply hopeless. This prevents a large fraction of the world’s cultural heritage from being openly accessible to scholars as well as the general public. By developing and integrating novel technologies in the fields of robotics, computer vision and artificial intelligence, we envisage a future where archaeology can deal effectively with reconstruction problems at an unprecedented scale and be able to bring back to life ancient artworks and masterpieces which would otherwise remain broken into pieces forever. Specifically, we aim to develop an intelligent robotic system which will autonomously process, match and physically assemble large fractured artefacts at a fraction of the time it takes humans to do. The level of ambition of our proposal poses several challenges that cannot be satisfactorily addressed with off-the-shelf technologies, and hence we shall develop brand-new solutions that will push the boundaries of research in the fields of robotics and computer vision. Our system will be tested over iconic case studies from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Pompeii, and one tangible outcome of the project will be to restore two world-renowned frescos which are now shattered into thousands of fragments and forgotten in storerooms.

Invito a presentare proposte

H2020-FETOPEN-2018-2020

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Bando secondario

H2020-FETOPEN-2018-2019-2020-01

Meccanismo di finanziamento

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinatore

UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 586 066,00
Indirizzo
DORSODURO 3246
30123 Venezia
Italia

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Regione
Nord-Est Veneto Venezia
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Collegamenti
Costo totale
€ 586 066,25

Partecipanti (5)