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Computationally Intensive Imaging

I gave a talk on humanities imaging interests at the Computationally Intensive Imaging USRG meeting today. We discussed possibilities for supercomputing based visualisation, and the new e-infrastructure south consortium. We also talked about the results from various Humanities trials of the mu-Vis Centre's CT facilities, and some photographic imaging such as RTI. Continue reading →

CAA2012 papers and posters

I have been going through the timetable for CAA2012 and making a note of the papers and posters I am involved with, mostly as a means to make sure I don't miss anything :-) I am getting really excited about next week. A partial list via is available at Leif Isaksen kicks everything off on Tuesday 27th in the 9am session. He is talking about "Archaeology and the Semantic Webs". Continue reading →

CAA2012 only a couple of weeks away

Things are hotting up in the preparations for CAA2012 in Southampton. Everything kicks off on the 26th March with the workshops. Looking at the latest figures we have more than 400 delegates signed up and the papers and posters are looking great. I know there are some exciting exhibitions in the pipeline too. Having organised it up until 1 February when I went on sabbatical the conference is now in Tim Sly's hands. Continue reading →

Formal analyses

The forms of analysis possible by moving through virtual spaces are complemented by a range of formal quantitative analysis. Conventionally these are 2 or 2.5 dimensional. We have developed a number of methods to produce formal analyses in fully three-dimensional spaces, providing metrics equating to relative visibility, prominence and enclosure. Continue reading →

Thinking in digital spaces

Archaeology is interested in space and perception in the past and we use digital technologies to create virtual simulations of past environments, creating new places to think inside. Whilst digital environments of all kind provide novel means to interact with archaeological information we are particularly interested in the creation of physically accurate environments. Continue reading →

3D recording

Graphics are the raw data produced from a growing range of archaeological tools. The new University of Southampton mu-Vis CT centre at Southampton produced voxel and surface models of archaeological (and many other) objects. Our time-of-flight, phase and triangulation laser scanners similarly sample the archaeological world and produce graphical products. Continue reading →

Digital visual representation of the past.

Archaeology has always used visual means to represent both its supporting data and the interpretations based on those data. Southampton is a centre for research on this public presentation and consumption of the past. Computer graphics play an increasingly significant role in this public portrayal, and also the presentation of developing interpretations to a specialist audience. Continue reading →

Analysing archaeological field data

Archaeological field data are three-dimensional. The archaeological record can be understood as a three-dimensional puzzle where relative position and morphology are crucial to understanding the past of a given site. Archaeological field data are now frequently born digital, with everything from iPads to GPS directly implicated in the selection (and destruction), capture and organisation of archaeological information. Continue reading →

AHRC RTISAD project legacy – six months on

It has now been six months since the end of the project. We have continued to publish on the project and are collecting more and more RTI data each day. During the project we only had a limited opportunity to develop the teaching aspect so we have concentrated since then on integrating RTI more and more into the curriculum at Southampton, and also thinking about life-long learning possibilities. Continue reading →

PATINA meeting – 2-3 November

We had another great meeting as part of the RCUK DE Programme PATINA project. We spent a lot of time talking about plans for the coming year's HCI interventions. These are going to focus on archaeological field settings so now we need to formalise those settings. We spoke a lot about open archaeology and sharing, and I think a lot of this will also play to the strengths of the new DataPool JISC project here at Southampton. Continue reading →