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Arch-I-Scan gives paper at RAC-TRAC 2022 in Split, Croatia

On Thursday, 7th April, Arch-I-Scan team members took part in the session ‘Approaches to Roman pottery use: new perspectives and new techniques’ with a paper by Penelope Allison, Ivan Tyukin, Daan van Helden, and Evgeny Mirkes entitled ‘Arch-I-Scan: automated recording and machine learning for collating Roman ceramic tablewares and investigating eating and drinking practices.’ April 2022

Prof. Penelope Allison presents research to the SAAH Wednesday Research Seminar series

Prof. Allison delivered the University of Leicester School of Archaeology and Ancient History Wednesday Research Seminar with a talk entitled, ‘The Arch-I-Scan Project: Artificial Intelligence and new approaches to Roman foodways’. February 2022

Dr. Daniël van Helden presents at the EAA Conference 2021

Dr. Daniël van Helden, Postdoctoral Research Associate (Archaeology), presented a paper at the digital annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (Kiel, Germany). The paper, presented on behalf of himself and his colleagues, Prof. Penelope Allison, Prof. Ivan Tyukin, Eliyas Woldegeorgis, Qinghua Zhou and Dr. Santos Nuñez Jareño, was entitled ‘Shining a light into a black box: Approaches for making automatic image classification more explainable’. September 2021

Dr. Shuihua (Sharon) Wang joins the Arch-I-Scan team

Dr. Shuihua (Sharon) Wang has joined Arch-I-Scan as our new Postdoctoral Research Associate (Mathematics). May 2021

Prof. Penelope Allison: ‘AI and the Roman Table’ Roman Society seminar

Prof. Penelope Allison, Principal Investigator for the Arch-I-Scan Project, discussed ‘AI and the Roman Table,’ as part of the Domesticity and Domestic Life seminar hosted by the Roman Society and Hellenic Society. March 2021

Arch-I-Scan wins prize at the 2020 University of Leicester ‘Images of Research’ competition

The Arch-I-Scan team won the Leicester Institute of Advanced Studies Interdisciplinary Prize at the 2020 University of Leicester ‘Images of Research’ competition, for Research Assistant Victoria Szafara’s submission entitled ‘Feeding the Machine’. December 2020

Dr. Daniël van Helden presents at the ‘Engineering the past to build a resilient future’ symposium, University of Leicester

In this one-day symposium, which brought together archaeologists, ecologists, engineers and others to think about ways in which we can use the past to help identify new and sustainable solutions for the present, Daan gave a paper on ‘Arch-I-Scan: using machine learning to better understand Roman foodways’. March 2022

Arch-I-Scan welcomes new Mathematics Postdoc, Zedong Zheng

Zedong Zheng joins the Arch-I-Scan Project team as our new Postdoctoral Research Associate in Mathematics. January 2022

Prof. Penelope Allison shares research with ancient history students

Prof. Penelope Allison talked with the students of Miss Watters’ Ancient History class at St. Columba Anglican School in Port Macquarie, New South Wales (Australia) about her past and present research – from Pompeian households to her current work on the Arch-I-Scan Project. June 2021

Prof. Penelope Allison: ‘Big Data on the Roman Table’ Stanford University Archaeology Center, Distinguished Lecture Series

Prof. Penelope Allison, Principal Investigator for the Arch-I-Scan Project, delivered a lecture on ‘Big Data on the Roman Table: Developing new approaches to recording Roman finewares to investigate their uses’ as part of the Stanford University Archaeology Center’s Distinguished Lecture Series. February 2021

Prof. Ivan Tyukin awarded prestigious Turing AI Fellowship

Prof. Ivan Tyukin, Co-Investigator for the Arch-I-Scan Project has been awarded a Turing AI Fellowship, which officially recognises and supports his ongoing work in developing ‘adaptive, resilient, robust, explainable, trustworthy, and certifiable’ AI. November 2020

The Arch-I-Scan Project on the UKRI Gateway

You can see the Arch-I-Scan Project’s profile on the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) ‘Gateway to publicly funded research and innovation’ site. November 2019

Research Open Days at Roman Vindolanda

On Thursday 17th & Saturday 19th March at the Robin Birley Archaeology Centre (Roman Vindolanda), visitors joined the project team to learn about how Arch-I-Scan research could transform the study of Roman pottery. March 2022

Prof. Penelope Allison gives online lecture to Manchester Centre for Archaeology and Egyptology (MCAE)

Arch-I-Scan Principal Investigator Prof. Penelope Allison spoke about ‘The Arch-I-Scan Project: Roman tablewares and artificial intelligence’. March 2022

Dr. Daniël van Helden presents at both the Netherlands-Flanders 2021 CAA conference, and UK 2021 CAA Conference

In both talks, Daan shared research centred on ethical artificial intelligence in archaeology. Whereas his NL-FL talk, ‘Ethische Kunstmatige Intelligentie in Archeologie’ was specifically his research, he presented the UK talk, ‘Credible (and trustworthy) Artificial intelligence in Archaeology’ on behalf of himself, Eliyas Woldegeorgis, Qinghua Zhou, Alexander N. Gorban, Ivan Y. Tyukin, and Penelope M. Allison. December 2021

‘Arch-I-Scan: Roman pottery and machine learning’ video by Dr. Sarah Colley

A video has been created by Dr. Sarah Colley, Honorary Research Fellow for the SAAH, which explores the project’s background, goals and activities, including our pre-Covid-19 lockdown scanning with volunteers at Museum of London Archaeology. May 2021

Dr. Daniël van Helden: ‘AI in Times of Covid’, CAA Conference 2020

Dr. Daniël van Helden, Postdoctoral Research Associate (Archaeology), presented a paper at the digital joint meeting of the Dutch-and-Flemish and German chapters of the CAA (Computer Applications & Quantitative Methods in Archaeology). The paper, presented on behalf of himself and his colleagues, Prof. Penelope Allison, Prof. Ivan Tyukin, and Dr. Santos Nuñez Jareño, was entitled ‘AI in times of COVID: Creating quality pottery shape simulations for pre-training Machine Learning Pottery Image Classifiers: processes in the Arch-I-Scan project’. December 2020

Prior to the start of the research project, the University of Leicester News Centre filmed a short press-release feature. September 2019

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