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Thursday, November 5 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Enhanced Visualization of Cultural Heritage through Computational Imaging and 3D Modeling

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Once again, in the practice of cultural heritage imaging, we find ourselves on the cusp of 
enormous change. Today very much feels like it did 15-20 years ago when we put away 
our film and began embracing the new digital medium. 

If you look around the studio now, you see more and more sophisticated equipment_ for 
capture, for lighting, for processing_ all requiring a greater degree of training and skill to 
operate. With the adoption of computational and 3D imaging techniques, we have the 
opportunity to share far more detailed information about our collections for research, 
education and public enjoyment. This of course calls for sophisticated viewing tools to 
deliver rich, dynamic experiences to our audiences in the gallery or online. 

To achieve success in such complex endeavors requires ongoing support and 
development from a team of technicians, engineers, scientists and researchers (not to 
mention significant financial resources).  More and more we will need to look beyond our 
own walls to find partners who can bring specialized knowledge to projects that advance 
common goals.

Over the past two years, Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) has been fortunate for the 
opportunity to partner with Professors Gary Meyers and Seth Berrier, of the Universities 
of Minnesota and Wisconsin respectively.  

Working with content generated at the museum, they have developed computer graphic 
software that adds value to current photogrammetry methods by improving color 
appearance and surface information of 3D models. Using surface light field renderings 
and environment mapped based lighting techniques, they have improved ways to simulate 
a variety of specular enhancement used to compare and analyze cultural objects. 

The panel will discuss their ongoing collaboration, show recent examples and take 
questions from the audience.

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Dan Dennehy

Head of Visual Resources, Mia
making, sharing, and saving media content for cultural heritage

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Seth Berrier

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Stout
Seth Berrier is an assistant professor of computer science in the department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin Stout. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota where he worked with designers from many fields to leverage modern... Read More →
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Gary Meyer

Associate Professor, University of Minnesota
Gary Meyer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He has also been a member of the Computer Science faculty at the University of Oregon and a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Telephone Laboratories. Meyer received... Read More →

Thursday November 5, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Harriet Hyatt Regency Minneapolis 1300 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55403

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