X-Ray Image Processing Workshop: Viewing and Working with Virtually Extracted Text 

With Dr. James H. Brusuelas and Kristina Gessel  from The Digital Restoration Initiative (DRI), University of Kentucky 

The application of conventional CT or even synchrotron scanning sources is increasingly becoming a common way to non-invasively study cultural heritage artefacts. For ancient papyrus bookrolls and codices, in particular, these methods are now a reality for virtually extracting the text embedded or hidden inside. The aim of this workshop is to introduce participants not only into the technology and methods used for virtual extraction, but also the tools available for working with the resulting 2D and 3D outputs. We will specifically address topics such as the DRI’s virtual unwrapping pipeline, working with 3D obj files in MeshLab, metadata and x-ray sources, and the further possibilities for digitally annotating and editing the virtual text.  


James Brusuelas

Dr. James H. Brusuelas is an Associate Research Professor in the Computer Science department of the University of Kentucky's College of Engineering. His research covers a wide variety of topics in the history, literature, and culture of the ancient Mediterranean basin during the Greco-Roman period, with a particular focus on digital humanities, papyrology, and medieval books. As a faculty member with the Digital Restoration Initiative, Dr. Brusuelas is currently pursuing research in AI and Cultural Heritage. 

Kristina Gessel

Kristina Gessel is a second-year graduate student in the Computer Science department of the University of Kentucky’s College of Engineering. Kristina began working with the Digital Restoration Initiative in 2017 as an undergraduate, and she is currently working with the DRI as a graduate research assistant. She is particularly interested in computer vision and machine learning.