Digging into Archaeological Data
Archaeologists are known for sifting through sand and dirt looking for buried treasure. But the modern archaeologist spends just as much time sifting through thousands of digital images looking for the data they need to answer important historical questions. Dr. Mark Eramian wants to build a new online tool to ease that process by using automated image-recognition techniques. Right now, if an archaeologist searches for "Roman vases," existing tools can only find images that have been manually labelled by humans as a "Roman vase." Dr. Eramian and his international, interdisciplinary team are developing computer methods that can recognize the images themselves based on shape, colour, texture and their similarities to other images, resulting in a richer, more accurate search tool for arcaheological researchers.