GRAVITATE: Geometric and semantic matching for cultural heritage artefacts

S. C. Phillips, P. W. Walland, S. Modafferi, Leo Dorst, Michela Spagnuolo, C. E. Catalano, Dominic Oldman, Ayellet Tal, Ilan Shimshoni, Sorin Hermon

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The GRAVITATE project is developing techniques that bring together geometric and semantic data analysis to provide a new and more effective method of re-associating, reassembling or reunifying cultural objects that have been broken or dispersed over time. The project is driven by the needs of archaeological institutes, and the techniques are exemplified by their application to a collection of several hundred 3D-scanned fragments of large-scale terracotta statues from Salamis, Cyprus. The integration of geometrical feature extraction and matching with semantic annotation and matching into a single decision support platform will lead to more accurate reconstructions of artefacts and greater insights into history. In this paper we describe the project and its objectives, then we describe the progress made to date towards achieving those objectives: describing the datasets, requirements and analysing the state of the art. We follow this with an overview of the architecture of the integrated decision support platform and the first realisation of the user dashboard. The paper concludes with a description of the continuing work being undertaken to deliver a workable system to cultural heritage curators and researchers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 Eurographics Workshop on Graphics and Cultural Heritage, GCH 2016
EditorsChiara Eva Catalano, Livio De Luca
PublisherEurographics Association
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9783038680116
StatePublished - 2016
Event2016 Eurographics Workshop on Graphics and Cultural Heritage, GCH 2016 - Genova, Italy
Duration: 5 Oct 20167 Oct 2016

Publication series

Name2016 Eurographics Workshop on Graphics and Cultural Heritage, GCH 2016


Conference2016 Eurographics Workshop on Graphics and Cultural Heritage, GCH 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This paper has outlined the aims and objectives of the GRAVITATE project, described the progress to date and briefly set out the project’s ambitious programme of further work. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 665155.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 The Author(s) Eurographics Proceedings © 2016 The Eurographics Association.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Arts and Humanities (all)
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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