FGV's School of Applied Mathematics provides solutions in scanning technologies and 3D prints of art objects

Institutional
22 March 2013

Mathematics tools can also be used to preserve cultural collections. That's what researcher and professor at FGV' School of Applied Mathematics, Asla Sá, demonstrates when presenting the search results of the post-doctoral internship she attended at the University of Brighton, England, up until February this year. During the seven months she spent in the institution to participate in the Cultural Computing group, Asla worked with 3D printing technologies and the acquisition of art objects for museum?s virtual collections. With this, the group developed a solution for packaging art objects that involve both technologies. We proposed a smart solution for packing unique objects for storage and transportation, said Asla. According to the professor, the investment in technology to preserve the collections is a common demand by museums, although the term cultural computing is not known. In the case of Brighton, the research group in Cultural Computing sought to discuss all sorts of technology that could support cultural collections - which involved technologies to support the documentation process of mainly three-dimensional objects such as sculptures and archaeological sites the professor says. Fundação Getulio Vargas itself invests in cultural computing. The MIST project, developed in partnership with CPDOC, aims to automatically detect faces of people present in the photographs of the center?s historical collections. Called faces entry technology, it helps the process of documentation and entry of images' subtitles. The purpose in the future is to be able to help the archivist?s work with the implementation of artificial intelligence techniques, says Asla. Also according to the researcher, her involvement with the theme of technologies for the preservation of cultural collections comes from her Ph.D. studies. During the Ph.D., I studied acquisition processes of models for three-dimensional objects from photography. Then, I participated in a data acquisition project with Petrobras for the preservation of the ruins of a monastery located in a site of the company. Finally, when I joined FGV, I got involved with MIST. And it was exactly when she was presenting it that new opportunities showed up in her career. During a conference where I was presenting the results of the MIST project, I had the opportunity to go back to my Ph.D. theme and attend the post-doctorate in Brighton, she recalls. The presentation of the research results Packaging of art objects using unique scanning techniques and 3D printing took place on March 14, at FGV's headquarters in Rio de Janeiro. * An object from the personal collection of David Arnold, head of the research group on Cultural Computing at the University of Brighton. The structure printed in 3D was the prototype obtained as a result of the developed research.

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