Sep 13, 2013
The partnership between the Qualcomm Institute's Albert Lin, TopCoder and NASA invites coders to participate in a three-week challenge to build a powerful machine-learning algorithm to identify ground features in satellite images of Mongolia. Click here to watch a video about the challenge to the coding community.
GERT Trainee Ashley Richter won a judges' choice award in the NSF IGERT Video and Poster Competition for her video 'Laser Scanning & Cyber-Archaeology.' Ashley and her collaborators, David Vanoni and Vid Petrovic, will travel to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony and day-long workshop at the National Science Foundation on June 11th.
On March 13, IGERT Trainees David Vanoni, Ashley Richter and Vid Petrovic were among the CISA3 personnel who demonstrated cultural-heritage technologies to attendees from the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), which held its annual meeting at Calit2 UCSD. Click on the link to view a photo gallery on Flickr depicting one of the demos for small groups from CENIC.
In June, Calit2's Maurizio Seracini delivered a high-profile talk at the TEDGLOBAL event in Edinburgh, Scotland. His presentation on "The Secret Lives of Paintings" was a hit, and it is now available on the TED Blog under the neat moniker, "That unicorn is really a lap dog: The secret details in 4 classic paintings revealed." In addition to explaining how he believes a mural (The Battle of Anghiari) three times the width of "The Last Supper" could get lost, Seracini also talks about secrets he discovered after doing multispectral imaging of four other masterpieces: da Vinci's The Annunciation and Adoration of the Magi; Raphael's Lady with the Unicorn; and Botticelli's Allegory of Spring.
Video of CISA3 assistant director Alexandra Hubenko's 7-minute presentation on the search for da Vinci's lost mural, given at the Voice of San Diego's Meeting of the Minds arts and culture event in downtown San Diego in August.
The website Fantastic Florence re-posted CISA3's YouTube report on the search for da Vinci's Battle of Anghiari mural. The website says it provides "extremely high quality, yet fun and informal, fully guided tours of Florence, designed for small, independent and open-minded travelers."
The National Geographic documentary reports on professor Maurizio Seracini and a team from UC San Diego documenting the dimensions and condition of the Magi Chapel in the Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence.
Kane Farabaugh reports that Argonne National Lab physicist Robert Smither has joined the CISA3-led research team that is trying to shed light on one of the art world's oldest mysteries.
CISA3 organized this talk by Jonathan Adams, an expert on maritime archaeology at the University of Southampton (UK). The low salinity of the Baltic inhibits those organisms that live on and degrade organic materials, particularly wood, so wooden shipwrecks are generally well preserved. This lecture at Calit2 UCSD reviews the history of northern Europe through 3,000 years of shipwrecks, bog finds and rock art. Introductory remarks: Calit2's Ramesh Rao; Jules Jaffe of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography; and CISA3 associate director Tom Levy.
This is a trailer for the hour-long National Geographic Channel documentary on the work of CISA3 founding director Maurizio Seracini, and the search for da Vinci's 'The Battle of Anghiari' mural.
On the Rai2 network, Italy's Voyager science program aired this hour-long documentary, including sequences from its partner, National Geographic. The focus is on CISA3 director Maurizio Seracini and his search for the lost Leonardo da Vinci mural, The Battle of Anghiari. (In Italian)
CNN's Alan Duke updates his earlier segment on the results of endoscopic testing to confirm whether a lost Leonardo da Vinci mural still exists behind another mural in Florence's Palazzo Vecchio.
ABC correspondent reports from London on the results announced in Florence on tests in the Palazzo Vecchio in search of da Vinci's Battle of Anghiari mural.