Dr. Martin Doerr,Research Director at the Information Systems Laboratory and head of the Centre for Cultural Informatics of the Institute of Computer Science, FORTH.
Martin Doerr has studied mathematics and physics and holds a PhD in experimental physics. Since 1990 he is Research Director at FORTH. He has been leading or participating in a series of national and international projects for knowledge management, cultural information systems, information integration and research infrastructures. He is leading the working group of ICOM/CIDOC (International Committee for Documentation of the International Council of Museums) which has developed ISO21127:2006, together with the respective ISO committees, a standard core ontology for the semantic interoperability of cultural heritage information and beyond. He is member of the editorial board of the journal “Applied Ontology” and the ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage. His research interests are ontology engineering, information integration and scientific argumentation.
3D Modelling for Cultural Heritage Research
In a wider sense, cultural heritage (CH) comprises the identifiable remains of the material and immaterial culture
of past or current societies and individuals that have come upon us as "heritage". Besides having symbolic and
aesthetic value for the current society, cultural heritage is a topic of serious research which aims at
safeguarding the knowledge about these remains and revealing the past human activities, motivations and convictions
and environmental factors that become directly or indirectly evident through these remains. This research is
basically an empirical one, using an extremely wide range of arguments from "hard" analytical facts up to
qualitative assumptions about human behavior in complex inference chains, which are widely underestimated by
IT engineers and even the domain experts themselves.
3D Models can represent surfaces of cultural heritage objects and their optical properties. When they are results of mechanical measurement, they can play an important role as primary knowledge source in the reasoning process. When they represent reconstructions of past states of things, they can be used to test hypotheses, discuss and evaluate alternatives about possible pasts. The talk will illustrate some charectistic patterns of scholarly reasoning, and conclude with general requirements for the adequate management of 3D models and related scholarly knowledge in order to support cultural heritage research.
Prof. Dr. techn. Dieter W. Fellner,Director Fraunhofer-Institut für Graphische Datenverarbeitung IGD
Since Oct 2006 Dieter Fellner is Professor of Computer Science at TU Darmstadt, Germany, and Director of the
Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD at the same location. Previously he has held academic
positions at the Graz University of Technology, Austria, the University of Technology in Braunschweig, Germany,
the University of Bonn, Germany, the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, and the University of Denver,
Colorado, USA. He is still affiliated with the Graz University of Technology where he chairs the Institute of
Computer Graphics and Knowledge Visualization he founded in 2005. Fellner is also CEO of the Fraunhofer Austria
Research GmbH since November 2008 and Board Member of the recently established Fraunhofer Project Centre for
Interactive Digital Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore since June 2010.
After his studies of Technical Mathematics in Graz (Diploma 1981, Doctorate 1984, Habilitation 1988) his career started in the MUPID development team (1982), where he was responsible for the decoder-based videotex graphics editing system. Dieter Fellner's research activities over the last years covered algorithms and software architectures to integrate modeling and rendering, efficient rendering and visualization algorithms, generative and reconstructive modeling, virtual and augmented reality, graphical aspects of internet-based multimedia information systems and cultural heritage as well as digital libraries. In the latter field he has coordinated a strategic initiative funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) from 1997 till 2005. Among several other R&D activities he is currently coordinating a strategic initiative (DFG-Leistungszentrum) addressing the challenges general documents pose on libraries and information repositories. These challenges fit well with his current main focus on Visual Computing, in the academic research context as well as within the applied R&D of Fraunhofer IGD.
Dieter Fellner is a member of the editorial boards of leading journals and a member of the program committees of many international conferences and workshops.
He is a member of EUROGRAPHICS, ACM, IEEE Computer Society and the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) where he serves as a member of the Board of Directors (erweiterter Vorstand) as well as the chairman of the Graphics Chapter (Fachbereich Graphische Datenverarbeitung). Furthermore, D. Fellner is an advisor for the German Research Foundation (as a member of DFG's AWBI) and the European Commission (as a member of ISTAG).