Phys .org: New evidence helps form digital reconstruction of most important medieval shrine

Phys .org: New evidence helps form digital reconstruction of most important medieval shrine. “The shrine of Saint Thomas Becket, the most important pilgrimage destination in medieval England—visited for hundreds of years by pilgrims seeking miraculous healing—has been digitally reconstructed for the public, according to how experts believe it appeared before its destruction.”

Phys .org: 3-D reconstructions of boats from the ancient port of Rome

Phys .org: 3-D reconstructions of boats from the ancient port of Rome. “Today, Fiumicino in Italy is a busy airport, but 2,000 years ago this area was filled with boats—it was a large artificial harbor only a stone’s throw from the ancient port of Rome (Ostia). To tie in with the opening of the site’s newly refurbished museum, Giulia Boetto, a CNRS researcher at the Camille Jullian Centre (CNRS/Aix-Marseille Université), has coordinated 3-D reconstructions of three of the wooden boats found at Fiumicino. These boats, in use between the 2nd and early 5th centuries AD, were abandoned in the port, at which time, they became waterlogged and covered with a layer of sediment. These oxygen-free conditions enabled the boats to survive until they were excavated, almost 60 years ago.”

Business Insider India: Google researchers discover new algorithm that can render 3D scenes just by a few snapshots

Business Insider India: Google researchers discover new algorithm that can render 3D scenes just by a few snapshots. “Researchers at Google recently developed a new AI algorithm called the Generative Query Network (GQN), that will further reduce the gap between humans, computers and how they see things. We all can perceive our surroundings by just a look, and now computers will be able to accomplish the same. This new type of artificial intelligence algorithm can figure out how an object looks from all angles using visual sensors, it does not need to see the object from all angles to learn.”

Harvey Mudd College: Intelligent Shipwreck Search in Malta

Harvey Mudd College: Intelligent Shipwreck Search in Malta. “For the third and final year of a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project, Harvey Mudd College students Makoto Nara, Russell Bingham, Samantha Ting and Nandeeka Nara have traveled to Malta with engineering professor Christopher Clark and literature professor Ambereen Dadabhoy. This work, a collaboration with research teams led by Professor Zoe Wood from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and Professor Timmy Gambin from University of Malta, aims to develop new technology for finding undiscovered shipwrecks, mapping them and visualizing them with 3-D reconstructions. Much of the work stems from researching new machine learning algorithms to identify wrecks from sonar data collected by an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), as well AUV path planning algorithms for capturing the best camera images for generating 3-D digital reconstructions.”