Scientific Computing in the Humanities

Coordinator of the research area:
Prof. Dr. Björn Ommer

The research in Scientific Computing in the Humanities already became a unique feature of the Heidelberg University. The establishment of the group “Computer Vision” (Ommer) in 2013 and the group “FCGL – Forensic Computational Geometry Laboratory” (Mara) in 2014 have been major enforcements of the staff infrastructure. Apart from a twinning project on automated documentation of monuments by an octocopter, there are numerous further collaborations active between IWR and both cultural heritage institutions and university partners.
A short selection of representative projects in the field of the Scientific Computing in the Humanities is given below:

3D-Scans of medieval inscriptions on the Jewish Cemetery “Heiliger Sand” (Krömker/Mara)

Analyzing Documents in 3D – GigaMesh Software Framework (Mara/Maul/Müller/Roberg)

ArchEyeAutomatic – Model-based optimization of trajectories of an octocopter for an automatic full documentation of monuments in Art History and Archaeology (Mombaur/Untermann/Seitz)

Artistic and Artifical Seeing. Computer Vision and Art History in Methodical and Practical Cooperation (Ommer)

COMPOSITO – Arthistoric Analysis of Architecture via Computer Vision (Ommer)

Cuneiform Character Mining for Semantic Tablet Matching (Mara/Gertz/Bogacz)

Dancing Shiva and Angkor Project Group (Krömker/Mara/Winckler/Bock)

MUSIEKE – Multidimensional Perceptibility of Cultural Heritage (Robertson-von Trotha, Witschel, Hinz, Vögtle, Höfle, Schneider, Zipf, Mara)

Objects in Mirror are Closer than they Appear. Object Recognition and Automatic Comparison of the Sachsenspiegel Codices (Ommer)