CWI Lectures on Digital Cultural Heritage

Where mathematics, computer science and humanities meet.

16 Nov 2023 from 10 a.m. to 16 Nov 2023 7 p.m. CET (GMT+0100)
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica

The CWI Lectures of 2023, on 16 November, will be dedicated to digital cultural heritage, as a forum for discussion between practitioners and academics.

The importance of arts and cultural heritage is unquestionable, helping citizens to develop emotional and cognitive processes. The cultural sector faces a number of challenges, from digitalisation of their collections to create digital surrogates, to curation and interpretation, to showcasing and exhibition. The traditional model of the cultural experience as passive observation is decisively shifting to active, interpretive engagement. Cultural heritage institutions are rethinking and reworking their spaces to promote deeper understanding of their collections and mission, greater interactivity with their audiences, a fuller range of activities, and a more advanced usage of immersive technologies. They are exploring as well how to make their collection accessible remotely.

The lectures at CWI will provide insights about the current challenges and opportunities, including speakers from the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Spain, The British Museum in the UK, the Philipps University Marburg in Germany and the eScience Center in the Netherlands. In addition, a selection of European and National projects in which CWI participates (5DCulture, Cultural AI, HAICu, IMPACT4ART, TRANSMIXR) will present their ongoing efforts in this societally relevant topic.

The lectures, hosted by CWI, will provide an environment for fostering collaboration, to adequately address the issues faced by cultural heritage institutions.

Programme Thursday 16 November

Programme Lectures 16 November 2023
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Objects in Pictures, Objects in Time. Art History and Computer Vision
By Peter Bell, Full professor for art history and digital humanities and Time Machine Europe Ambassador, Philipps University Marburg, Germany.




X-ray imaging: perspectives from the British Museum
By Daniel O’ Flynn, X-ray Imaging Scientist at The British Museum, UK.




Unearthing the Digital Heritage: Interactive Technologies for Archaeological Research

By Valentina Azzarà, Section Head in the Social Sciences and Humanities in the eScience Center, the Netherlands and Maurice De Kleijn, Senior Research Software Engineer - Netherlands eScience Center.


The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in the metaverse and its commitment to new technologies
By Carolina Fàbregas, Marketing Director & Business Development at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Spain and Ana Revilla, CEO of TheMo and Executive Producer of XReality Studios, Spain.




Representatives projects on Digital Cultural Heritage

IMPACT4ART: The secrets hidden inside wooden boxes, revealed by annual rings and woodworms by Jan Dorscheid, Rijksmuseum.

5DCulture: Augmenting Fashion Heritage in XR by Suzanne Mulder, Centraal Museum Utrecht.

TRANSMIXR: Unfolding New Storytelling and Collaboration Possibilities for Digital Cultural Heritage by Rasa Bočytė, Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision.

HAICu: Continual machine learning with humans in the loop by Andreas Weber, UT.

Cultural AI: Uncovering Bias and Changing Perspectives in Cultural Heritage Collections by Marieke van Erp, KNAW Humanities Cluster, DHLab.






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The CWI lectures 2023 are organized by CWI's Computational Imaging, Distributed & Interactive Systems and Human-Centered Data Analytics research groups.

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