ESR1 - Agnese Babini

Background: A conservation scientist to the bone! Received both my bachelor's and master's degree in Science for Conservation of Cultural Heritage at the University of Bologna. I did an exchange year at UCLA, a precious experience that taught me the value of traveling abroad to broaden my point of view. My interest in imaging techniques arose during my master’s thesis internship at Northwestern University, where I had the opportunity to study the application of hyperspectral imaging and image processing algorithms to analyze pigments distribution in paintings and build and test a compressive hyperspectral camera. This experience made me realize how many useful and interesting information on works of art can be revealed through these techniques, and inspired me to keep researching on the topic, as well as learn more about other imaging methods.

Aspirations within project: Within this project, I wish to keep exploring the emerging field of imaging applied to Cultural Heritage and investigate the potentialities of imaging methods in characterizing and monitoring changes in translucent and transparent artifact. To reach this goal, I will bring into the project my skills and knowledge in conservation science and improve those in imaging science, by making the most of the resource available at NTNU and the training opportunities within the CHANGE-ITN network.

Country of Origin: Italy                                                                Host Institution: NTNU

ESR2 - Dipendra Mandal

Background: I received my Bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering in 2010 and Master of Science by research (MS) in area of quality analysis of video coding in 2017, both from the department of electrical and electronics engineering, Kathmandu University, Nepal. I was a research student in decision information system and production (DISP) lab at University Lumiere Lyon 2, France from 2017-2018 under Erasmus Mundus Smartlink Program and have earned 60 ECTS.

Aspirations within project: My country Nepal is a treasure land for cultural and natural heritage. Seven of the cultural heritage are listed in World cultural heritage list by UNESCO. It is enriched with the foundation of ancestral cultural heritage background to the 13th century, but its conservation and restoration is a major threat for us from the beginning. A recent example was the April 2015 Nepal earthquake, that caused extensive damage to our country. I think my Ph.D. research work will help me to utilize technology in the domain of cultural heritage for its protection in an effective way. It will also provide me with more specific knowledge and research opportunities in the field of image processing ultimately elucidating the pathway for my future. At the same time, I believe that the Erasmus program is an excellent opportunity to get a better platform to interact with people from various discipline and culture that will help further to build a strong social network with people over the continent.

Country of Origin: Nepal                                                                Host Institution: NTNU

ESR3 - Evdokia Saiti

Background: I completed my bachelor's and master's from National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) from 2003 until 2010. My master thesis topic is titled "Ray Casting Visualization System of Tetrahedral Meshes implemented on hardware" (Implementation using C++, OpenGL and GLSL). A visualization system of vector fields that are defined on tetrahedral meshes was implemented, using multiple levels of detail and it was improved in order to take advantage of the performance and space savings of a GPU, thus Ray Casting was exclusively implemented on the GPU. An essential element of the implementation was the exploitation of a method achieving the intersection of a ray and a tetrahedron, and therefore a tetrahedral mesh, using Plücker coordinates.

Aspirations within project: I am looking forward to be part of the CHANGE project and improve my educational and research skills within its framework. I am fascinated by the trends in Computer Vision and more specific in deep-learning oriented systems. In the framework of the PhD position I am keen to examine how the so-called geometric deep learning, which is the very new trend in the area of Deep Learning, can be exploited in the case of 3D mesh registration across time and modalities. Finally, coming from a country with rich cultural heritage, it will be an extra honor and challenge to be part of the process of developing and designing methods especially for cultural heritage assets.

Country of Origin: Greece                                                                Host Institution: NTNU

ESR4 - Saha Sunita

Background: I completed my bachelor's in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Gauhati University Institute of Science and Technology, Guwahati University, Assam, India, 2015. Posterior to that i pursued my master's in Technology in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology, Arunachal Pradesh, India, 2018.

Aspirations within project:  The process of digitization of cultural heritage objects and the analysis and visualization of multi- modal image data from surface monitoring of cultural heritage (CH) deals with mathematical analysis of 3D Data and Optical Metrology. The main focuses of this work are:

  • Identification of digital model representations for CH objects from different modalities i.e. surface and volumetric-based ones.
  • Development of analysis and visualization methods for selected CH objects with automated and interactive data processing.
  • Validation of developed methods using CH dummies.
  • Application of proposed multi-modal analysis and visualization methods in conservation processes in detection and assessment before and after changes.

And I believe “Cultural Heritage Analysis for New Generation” is a good bunch of problem to play with which can bring together researchers interested in using  geometrical, multi-spectral and surface reflection data analysis and visualization in both micro and macro scale. It could be beneficial to both the professional users as well as the common users.

Country of Origin: India                                                                Host Institution: NTNU

ESR5 - Athanasia Papanikolaou

Background: I completed my Bachelor's from the Department of Physics in the University of Crete. My BsC thesis topic was "Towards the understanding of the two wavelength laser cleaning in avoiding yellowing on stonework". Consequently i complete my Master's in "Photonics and Nanoelectronics" from the Departmet of Physics in the University of Crete. My MsC thesis topic was "Development of a photoacoustic monitoring system for the study of laser ablation processes upon the removal of encrustation from stonework".

Aspirations within project:  I consider the CHANGE project as a great opportunity to expand my knowledge in two exciting fields of research: engineering with the focus of optical metrology and 3D data processing and the cultural heritage archiving and monitoring with the goal of preserving CH for future generations. My main aspiration is that the results of my work will bridge these two fields of activities and will successfully fill important gaps in technical support for archiving and monitoring of 3D CH objects. My aspiration is also to get acquainted with the best experts in these fields and to use the full opportunity of their participation in the Change project and sharing their knowledge with me. The next very important point for me is to collaborate with other ESRs from different academic backgrounds and to create solid fundaments of this cooperation for my future professional life.

More specifically on the research and technical side I would like to develop a multi-modal optical system for the measurement and monitoring of surfaces of 3D CH objects. There have been already developed several systems based on coherent and incoherent light methods but there are numerous uncovered needs. I wish to gain deep understanding of these needs and combine them with cutting edge expertise in optical metrology and 3D/4D data processing. The multimodal system together with advanced data processing algorithms will enable the successful archiving and in situ monitoring of the artworks response in ambient environment changes or conservation treatments (i.e. removal of original layers of an object, deformations, displacements, strains (cracks/defects), colour alterations).

Country of Origin: Greece                                                                Host Institution: WUT

ESR6 - Jizhen Cai

Background: I completed the master of science in Simulation and Visualization in NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology). My interests include Data Processing, Machine Learning and Deep Learning

Aspirations within project:

Main objectives of this work include:

  • Identify data representations and cross-analysis with heterogeneous multimodal inputs available at the museums- 2D and 3D imaging.
  • Visualisation of data from heterogeneous sources
  • Construct data fusion model with computing analysis and other information as object historical data for restoration.
  •  Use of the change monitoring methods to analyse paintings and statues at the Louvre museum.

In this project, I believe my knowledge and skills in data processing and visualization would be quite helpful.  Additionally, I am looking forward to cooperating with other researchers within this exciting CHANGE project.


Country of Origin: China                                                                Host Institution: C2RMF

ESR8 - Ramamoorthy Luxman

Background: I completed my bachelor's in Technology in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from the National Institute of Technology (Tiruchirapalli, India) from 2005 to 2009. Afterwards i pursued a master's in Robotic Engineering from Warsaw University of Technology (Warsaw, Poland) from 2013 to 2015.

Aspirations within project: Within this project, I aspire to investigate the extent to which technologies based on spectral-RTI system would help to characterize the change in cultural heritage objects. I also aspire to investigate the link between photo metric parameters and visual judgement through psycho-sensorial experiments.

Country of Origin: India                                                                Host Institution: UBFC

ESR9 - David Lewis

Background: Bachelor of Science in Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology - Graduated 2019

Aspirations within project: Over the course of my appointment, I hope most to connect with the community surrounding cultural heritage. I feel that being able to leverage that accumulated knowledge will better help me to contribute to the progress of the field.

Country of Origin: US                                                                Host Institution: UBFC

ESR10 - Jan Cutajar

Background: I have read for a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry at the University of Malta and Bishop’s University, Canada and then went on to train as an objects conservator at the Institute of Archaeology at UCL, obtaining an MA in Principles of Conservation and an MSc in Conservation for Archaeology & Museums. I have then worked as a research assistant on UCL and National Trust projects in the UK, whilst also undertaking projects in the capacity of freelancer with the Institut francais de l’archeologie orientale in Cairo and other institutions (e.g. in Sudan and in the Netherlands). My professional interests touch upon furniture and wooden objects, decorated surfaces, conservation fieldwork on heritage sites, conservation science and conservation outreach amongst others (having also published a few articles on these subjects).

Aspirations within project: I look forward to building and strengthening my professional network across the conservation and cultural heritage field, whilst learning more about the potential of and advances in digital imaging techniques and their application in the heritage domain, and making them more accessible to conservators in the lab and on the field as part of their toolkit for treatment. I also anticipate immersing myself in Munch’s unique artworks and fostering a growing awareness for his works in the public eye within a European context and beyond. Finally, in merging aspects of both conservation science and practice, I hope this project will stimulate the continued honing of my skills both as a practicing conservator and as a heritage researcher, and thus allow me to contribute towards the improvement and amelioration of the profession and the care of cultural heritage.

Country of Origin: Malta                                                                Host Institution: UiO

ESR11 -Silvia Russo

Background: Silvia received a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry at Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) in 2015, with a thesis on the characterization of yellow acrylic formulations in collaboration with the Superior Institute for the Conservation and the Restoration (ISCR, Rome, Italy). In 2018, she obtained a MSc Degree in Science and Technologies for the Conservation and the Restoration of Cultural Heritage as part of the European Master Programme in Archaeological Material Science. She concluded her Master with a study on the characterization and conservation of Roman iron nails hosted at Cà Foscari University of Venice (Italy), using analytical and digital techniques. Passionate about contemporary art, informatics, corrosion and conservation science, she has been trained in chemometrics (Radboud University, The Netherlands, 2018) and imaging techniques for Cultural Heritage (IPERION CH Training Camp, Comacchio, Italy, 2018) and developed skills in the study of metal objects and their degradation processes at the Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio delle Marche (Italy, 2016) and at The British Museum (UK, 2017). In 2019, she participated at the development of nanoscaled treatments for the conservation and the restoration of metal and stone objects at University of L’Aquila (Italy).

Aspirations within project: Silvia is currently involved as ESR11 in the ITN-CHANGE framework, where she will develop non-invasive analytical protocols to study polychrome metal artefacts and detect early stage degradation. While gaining multi-skilled expertise on the topic, she aims to meet the Programme demands while establishing long term professional collaborations.

Country of Origin: Italy                                                                Host Institution: HES-SO

ESR12 - Deepshikha Sharma

Background:I am a mechanical engineer and an archaeometrist along with a degree in history and archaeology.  My interest lies specifically in public archaeology, cultural heritage management and digitalization techniques for cultural heritage.  My passion for cultural heritage conservation took me to join the Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters program in Archaeological Material Sciences (ArchMat), where for the first time I dived into archaeometry and conservation techniques for cultural heritage. Not only a variety of analytical techniques but also a multitude of cultural heritage materials, were introduced during the coursework. Having worked on paintings, metal and human remains already, glass is the next material for me to explore in depth.

Aspirations within project:ESR12 project under Swiss National Museum, tries to look into the monitoring and conservation of unstable corroding historical glass objects using multimodal imaging techniques, which presents endless new horizons to explore and novel techniques to learn. The most exciting part of being a participant in CHANGE for me is the interdisciplinary approach of working together with computer scientists, chemists, physicist, conservation scientists, professional restorers, museum curators and so on, to develop a monitoring system for glass corrosion which will be useful for years to come. Coming from a country of a very long glass history (more than 3000 years), it is an unfortunate fact that a lack of trained glass conservators and systematic research on glass conservation, has and will lead to the loss of quite many valuable artefacts. With a dream to ameliorate the situation, I wish to contribute to the research in this field in the future as well in order to develop better and more efficient systems to ensure the safeguarding of our heritage.

Country of Origin: India                                                                Host Institution: SNM

ESR14 - Alexandros Basiakoulis

Background: I received my Bachelor and Integrated Master's degree in the department of Mechanical Engineering in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2009, with specialization in 3D reverse engineering, using modern techniques and methodologies, such as CT scan data, 3D volumetric objects reconstruction, 3D printing and development of two software applications for the determination of the geometrical parameters of the gears of the Antikythera Mechanism. This research led to the construction of five (5) functional replicas of the Antikythera Mechanism, two publications in scientific journals and one Industrial Design in the European Intellectual Property Office at which I was one of the main designers. From November 2013 until September 2019, I had established a start-up company which was activated in the field of 3D Scanning, 3D Printing, 3D Design and reverse engineering, especially in the area of industry and archaeology. The last 7 years, I study, design and construct objects of industrial and archaeological interest, in collaboration with several companies and institutes, such as the Aristotle University, the Museum of Acropolis, the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, the Archaeological museum of Thessaloniki and more.

Aspirations within project: My engagement with archaeological artifacts, such as the Antikythera Mechanism, the West Frieze of Parthenon, the portable sundial of Philip and many others, triggered my interest in the cultural heritage and motivated me to move from an industrial job to a full research carrier, like the CHANGE project. My main aspiration in this project is to expand my knowledge in the holistic approach of 3D volumetric objects in the field of the Cultural Heritage Digitization. The multidisciplinary nature of the current position is a great opportunity for me to get involved with several different scientific field and improve my skills in many technical and managerial aspects. I feel that the current PhD fellowship can be a foundation for a research career in the scientific field of the holistic e-documentation and the link to the academic, industrial and general public with the cultural heritage.

Country of Origin: Greece                                                                Host Institution: CUT

ESR15 - Amalia Siatou

Background: I’m a professional Conservator-Restorer (C-R) holding a bachelor in C-R of Antiquities and Works of Art, from the Technological Educational Institute of Athens (2004) and a Master in Chemistry and Material Science from the University of Ioannina (2013). Both my BA and MSc,   as well as my professional career, are correlated with metals C-R, scientific analysis and evaluation. My BA thesis was on the desalination of historic alluminiun alloys, using chemical and electrochemical treatments. Then, for almost three years (2005-2007), I worked at the metals conservation laboratory at the TEI of Athens on the EU project with the acronym “PROMET”, on the accelerated aging and evaluation of metals’ protection by coatings. I have performed my MSc thesis at the laboratory of applied metallurgy at the University of Ioannina where I undertook the study of corrosion formation on archaeological metals and the electrochemical simulation of soil corrosion. Additionally, I have given lectures in metals C-R both in Greece and abroad.

Aspirations within project: CHANGE-ITN call presents a unique opportunity to get engaged in a multicultural and multidisciplinary community, with parallel training sections in different countries and perspectives. I believe that the through this project the combination of analytical to imaging techniques can lead to a new, non-contact, fast and cost effective understanding of the metal surfaces that will help the conservation community to document changes and create new prevention methodologies. This project will give me the chance to advance my scientific background and to further connect research work directly to professional practice. My future goal is to transmit to the C-R community the acquired knowledge and to advance to the academic community.

Country of Origin: Greece                                                                Host Institution: HES SO