UCL Centre for Digital Humanities


CANCELLED: Artificial Intelligence for Art Investigation, Conservation, and Presentation

18 March 2020, 5:30 pm–7:30 pm

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This talk has been cancelled as a precaution, to avoid the spread of Covid-19. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

This event is free.

Event Information

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G31, ground floor
Foster Court
Malet Place
United Kingdom

The cultural heritage sector is experiencing a digital revolution driven by the growing adoption of non-invasive, non-destructive imaging and analytical approaches generating multi-dimensional data from entire artworks. The ability to interrogate this wealth of data is essential to reveal an artist’s creative process, the works’ restoration history, inform strategies for its conservation and preservation and, importantly, present artwork in new ways to the public.

However, the availability of such rich datasets poses a major challenge: traditional approaches are not adequate to inspect the currently available wealth of data, so there is a strong drive and need to explore and adopt automated tools to interrogate these emerging large multi-dimensional datasets.

This talk overviews how recent advance in artificial intelligence technology — ingesting such multi-dimensional datasets — can inform art investigation, conservation, and presentation. A series a case-studies — including our recent work on the Ghent Altarpiece — will also be discussed throughout the seminar.

This event is organised by UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, which is part of the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies.

About the Speaker

Miguel Rodrigues

Professor at Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London

His research interests are in the general areas of information theory, communications theory and signal processing. He has over 100 publications in international journals and conference proceedings in the areas.

More about Miguel Rodrigues