Digital Past 2020: Our First Keynote Session!

Our first keynote session will be held from 10.15am on the morning of the 12th of February 2020 and we are delighted to announce an exciting and diverse range of speakers!

After a welcome from our Chair of Commissioners, Professor Nancy Edwards, Dr Nicola Guy will be setting the scene for the two days in her Opening Address. From the Well-being of Future Generations Act to the economy, heritage has an important role to play in Welsh Government strategy for digital leadership, transformation and skills.

Gaël Hamon is Director of Art Graphique Patrimoine (AGP), a leader in digital technologies for cultural heritage, specialising in architectural and archaeological survey and a pioneer in Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and other cultural mediation tools. From laser scanning of pre- and post-fire Notre-Dame to Virtual Reality time travel, Gaël will discuss the importance of digital documentation and interpretation for a wide range of uses and audiences.  

© AGP. Notre Dame BIM model.
© AGP. Notre Dame laser scan.

Dr Sarah Colley (SMC Research and Consultancy) is an archaeologist who, as an early adopter of visualisation technologies in heritage, has an extensive research background in the professional ethics of public archaeology, education and the application of digital technologies in archaeology and heritage. Sarah’s talk will focus on questions that may be raised around ‘truth, trust and ethics’ by re-enacted, re-created or re-imagined aspects of heritage using film and video, virtual reality and other digital reconstruction. Read the abstract here.

Finally, Mario Wallner will be joining us from the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology (LBI ArchPro) to discuss their recent research into new techniques and methodological concepts for landscape archaeology. An archaeologist with a strong background in geophysics, he has worked on the ‘Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project’, the Roman town of Carnuntum and the Birka Viking Settlement among other sites. Mario will focus on LBI ArchPro’s strategy for the development of geophysics, remote sensing and computer science to advance efficient and universally applicable approaches for the non-destructive detection, documentation, analysis, interpretation and visualisation of archaeological sites and landscapes. Read his abstract here.

© LBI ArchPro. Georadar of viking ship burial, Norway.
© LBI ArchPro. Hidden world of Stonehenge.

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