ROVINA: Robots for Exploration, Digital Preservation and Visualization of Archeological Sites


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Mapping and digitizing archeological sites is an important task to preserve cultural heritage and to make it accessible to the public. Current systems for digitizing sites typically build upon static 3D laser scanning technology that is brought into archeological sites by humans. This is acceptable in general, but prevents the digitization of sites that are inaccessible by humans. In the field of robotics, however, there has recently been a tremendous progress in the development of autonomous robots that can access hazardous areas. ROVINA aims at extending this line of research with respect to reliability, accuracy and autonomy to enable the novel application scenario of autonomously mapping of areas of high archeological value that are hardly accessible.

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ROVINA: Robots for Exploration, Digital Preservation and Visualization of Archeological Sites

  1. 1. Robots for Exploration, Digital Preservation, and Visualization of Archeological Sites Vittorio Amos Ziparo
  2. 2. Motivation Exploration, Monitoring and Documentation
  3. 3. State of the Art Expensive, Time Consuming and Dangerous
  4. 4. Case Studies Catacombs of Rome and Naples ● Huge and rich ● High humidity (98%) ● Radon hazard
  5. 5. Goal A better survey and monitoring tool ● Faster: perform surveys in much less time ● Better: bigger, more accurate and richer models ● Safer: no danger for human operators
  6. 6. Robot Mobile base, Sensors, Cooling and Power Systems
  7. 7. Point Cloud Reconstruction Ocular Robotics RE05 Lidar
  8. 8. The model skeleton Cloud registration and global consistency
  9. 9. Adding textures Reconstruction from pictures
  10. 10. Example ARC-3D reconstruction of Mogao Cave
  11. 11. Learning semantics Better renderings, navigation and classification ● Learn shape and materials ● Learn traversability ● Automated classification of ● objects ● areas
  12. 12. Mobility is a major challenge! large 3D Maze on rough terrain
  13. 13. Navigation Mobility in harsh environments ● 3D navigation system ● probabilistic, ● semantic and ● information-theoretic
  14. 14. Mission Control Interface Multi-Modal mode
  15. 15. Mission Control Interface Supervisory and dialog modes
  16. 16. Cloud-based archive Time machine and virtual archeological site 1. General Public: high fidelity 3D interactive experience 2. Historians: semantically rich digital archive 3. Engineers: advanced measurement and diagnosis tool
  17. 17. Stay updated!
  18. 18. Thanks!
  19. 19. Consortium Partners and Teams navigation & exploration semantic analysis photogrammetry SLAM and Morphometry robot & HCI/HRI user requirements
  20. 20. Project Overview Core Components & Consortium