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Keynote Presentation #1

Talk Title: 3D Scanning and Cultural Heritage: Progress and Opportunities


Cultural heritage applications have been highly successful in pushing the limits and demonstrating the power of 3D scanning. In this talk I will review some of the successes, discuss some of the research problems that have been solved, and present new problems that have been revealed.

Successes include projects from around the world that have made cultural heritage more accessible to a wide population, and have provided new toolsfor experts in the field. Problems that have been solved (although improvements are still being made) include meshing point clouds and seamlessly texturing complex models.

In the area of new problems I will discuss problems editing large objects, using objects in applications, and documenting and validating the accuracy of digital versions of physical objects.

About the Speaker

photo: holly rushmeier


Holly Rushmeier is a professor of computer science at Yale University. She received the BS, MS, and PhD from Cornell University. Since receiving the PhD she has held positions at Georgia Tech, NIST and IBM TJ Watson Research.

Her current research focuses on scanning and modeling of shape and appearance properties, and on applications in cultural heritage. Her recent past projects include a project to create a digital model of Michelangelo's Florence Pieta and models of Egyptian cultural artifacts in a joint project between IBM and the Government of Egypt.

Dr. Rushmeier serves on the editorial boards of ACM Transactions on Perception, Computer Graphics Forum and IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications. She has been papers chair or co-chair for several conferences including the ACM SIGGRAPH conference and IEEE Visualization.