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2015–2016 Events

This page lists the events in 2015 and 2016. Please use the links in the right column to see events from previous years.


MCN 2016

Museum Computer Network (MCN) 2016

1. “Scientific Imaging Data for Museum Visitors: Online and In-gallery Uses of 3D, RTI, and Multi-spectral Technologies” (Panel, 60 minutes)

Museum imaging departments and conservation labs collect data to support conservation and research. There is often a desire to share this work with the public through in-gallery and online presentations. This panel includes three case studies and a discussion, exploring questions like: How much of the data and outcomes do we share? Do we need to “dumb it down?” What are the challenges in presenting scientific data such as 3D and multispectral imaging to the general public? Panel members are: Yosi R. Pozeilov, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, who will discuss the use of digital tools for innovative research on Classic period Maya ceramic vessels; Daniel Denehy, Minneapolis Institute of Art, will discuss a project that is producing high-resolution 3D of Chinese bronzes that was originally driven by curatorial research; and Carla Schroer, Cultural Heritage Imaging, will present the collection and sharing of high-resolution 3D data of a 1940, 22’ X 74’ Diego Rivera mural, a project driven by conservation needs, including decisions about the level of detail to capture.

New Orleans, Louisiana: Thursday, November 3, 2016, 2:45–3:45 pm, in the Orleans room at the J.W. Marriott New Orleans.

2. Carla Schroer to present as an MCN Scholar (Lightning Talks)

MCN grants 15 scholarships to a wide range of emerging leaders in the field of museum technology. This year Carla Schroer, Director of CHI, was selected for this honor (see http://conference.mcn.edu/2016/scholars.cfm). Carla will participate in this series of lightning talks in which conference attendees will meet the MCN 2016 Scholars as well as explore the scholars’ diverse range of projects from their professional and/or academic practice in the past year.

New Orleans, Louisiana: Friday, November 4, 2016, 9:30–10:00 am, in the Ile de France II room at the J.W. Marriott New Orleans.


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Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM)

Reflectance Transformation Imaging Training in Melbourne, Australia (Four-day Class)

With generous support from the Gordon Darling Foundation and from the ADFAS Patricia Robertson Scholarship Fund, AICCM presents a 4-day Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) training class led by the Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI) training team.

Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, University of Melbourne, Tuesday, June 28 through Friday, July 1, 2016, 9:00 am–5:00 pm each day


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Archiving 2016: The IS&T Archiving Conference

ArchSC01: “Computational Photography Techniques for Cultural Heritage Documentation and Archiving: Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and Photogrammetry” (Short Course)

Through lectures, demonstrations, and discussion, Carla Schroer and Mark Mudge of CHI present a condensed overview of computational photography and its application to cultural heritage. Computational photography extracts and synthesizes information from image sequences to create a new image containing information not found in any single image in the sequence. This short course offers an intensive introduction to the technologies, software, photographic equipment, and methods for Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), and 3D photogrammetry — techniques that are being applied to a variety of art objects and other examples of material culture. There are no prerequisites — anyone from novice to expert is welcome.

Washington, DC: Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 9:00 am–12:00 pm, National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue


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2016 Joint Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and the Society for Classical Studies (SCS)

Meet the CHI Team at AIA (Exhibitor Booth 312)

The CHI team will be on hand in Exhibitor Booth 312 at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) in San Francisco, January 6-9. Please drop by and check out our latest information about 3D photogrammetry and RTI imaging techniques.

San Francisco, California: Wednesday, January 6 through Saturday, January 9, 2016


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University of Texas at Austin, Department of Classics

“Advances in Computational Photography Techniques for Cultural, Historic, and Natural History Materials” (Public Lecture)

This talk presents advances in robust new imaging tools from the emerging science known as computational photography. The common feature of the computational photography imaging family is the purpose-driven, selective extraction of information from sequences of digital photographs. Examples of uses of photography-based imaging will be presented, including Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and 3D photogrammetry. The use of these tools is shown in a range of contexts including fine art conservation, research of museum and library collections, and documentation of rock art. Also central to this work is the creation of data that can be reused for scientific purposes by others, both now and in the future.

Austin, Texas: Friday, November 13, 2015, 4:00 pm, University of Texas at Austin, Department of Classics, Room CLA 1.106


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Museum Computer Network (MCN) 2015

1. “Computational Photography Techniques for Cultural Heritage: Photogrammetry and Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)” (Half-Day Workshop)

CHI Director Carla Schroer will co-present this workshop with Charles Walbridge, lead collections photographer at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts. Through lectures and demonstrations, the workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of computational photography and its application to cultural heritage, including the technologies, software, photographic equipment, and methods for Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), Algorithmic Rendering (AR) and Photogrammetry — techniques that are being applied to a variety of art objects and artifacts. The workshop will include demonstrations and ample time for discussion and Q&A, including coverage of the required and optional equipment involved. There are no prerequisites. Anyone from novice to expert is welcome.

Minneapolis, Minnesota: Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 1:30–5:30 pm, at the Visual Resources studio at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, about one mile from the MCN conference in downtown Minneapolis. Limited seating available.

2. “What can Photogrammetry Do for Your Museum? Practical Info and Case Studies” (Panel)

CHI Director Carla Schroer will participate in a panel at the annual MCN conference whose theme this year is “The Invisible Architectures of Connected Museums.” Carla and three other presenters will offer short case studies of current projects. The purpose of the session is to present practical information about the use of photogrammetry for 3D capture of museum objects. There is increasing interest in collecting 3D data about museum material to meet a variety of objectives, including monitoring changes to objects over time, comparing similar objects, documentation of installations, measurement of features in an object or series of objects, 3D printing of replicas for exhibition or sale, public engagement, and many more uses.

Minneapolis, Minnesota: Saturday, November 7, 2015, 10:15–11:15 am


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2015 Cultural Heritage Imaging Professionals Conference Hosted by the Stanford University Libraries

Carla Schroer to Participate

Carla Schroer will participate by invitation again in 2015 in a 3-day meeting at Stanford of digitization program managers, imaging lab professionals, and imaging experts involved in large-scale, high-quality image digitization programs at libraries, archives, and museums.

Stanford, California: Main campus location to be announced; Monday, July 13 through Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Society for American Archaeology

Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting

“Computational Photography Techniques for Scientific Recording and Analysis: Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), Algorithmic Rendering (AR) and Photogrammetry” (Workshop)

With lectures and demonstrations, the CHI team will present a half-day workshop, providing a comprehensive overview of computational photography and its application to archaeological documentation and research. Participants will get an intensive introduction (or update) on these technologies, including software, equipment, and methods. Anyone from novice to expert is welcome.

Hilton Hotel, San Francisco, CA: Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 1:00–5:00 pm (SAA's final program will provide room details.)


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UC Berkeley with National Park Service and National Geographic: Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century

“Advances in Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) for Digital Archaeology” (Presentation)

Carla Schroer and Mark Mudge present new tools and research for Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and Algorithmic Rendering (AR) digital documentation techniques. These techniques are designed for scientific imaging for examining fine surface details of objects and are being applied to a variety of archaeological contexts and materials, as well as to art conservation. The data is collected using digital cameras and processed using open source software, making the techniques inexpensive to use. RTI is particularly useful for discerning difficult to read inscriptions found in a numerous materials including rock art. The technique can also be applied to study tool marks and aid in other research about how materials are made. The presentation will include new tools and new research methods that are expanding the range of applications of these techniques. This talk will also present examples including inscriptions, rock art, manuscripts, and lithics.

UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA: Friday, March 27, 2015, 11:00–11:15 am — See program for details