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Airborne and long-range ground-based imaging and sensing for archaeology and architectural preservation

   School of Science & Technology

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  Dr Sotiria Kogou, Prof H Liang, Dr David Thickett  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The application of drone-based imaging and sensing in the cultural heritage sector has been focused on two main aspects: the 3D digital documentation of historic buildings and archaeological sites, and the detection of archaeological features for the ‘revealing’ of palaces and cities buried under the ground. The latest advances in the technology of drone-based systems open new horizons on the potentials of their application in both conservation/preservation and archaeological studies. 

This project aims to contribute to the new generation of airborne imaging and sensing examination of architectural and archaeological sites, giving answers to existing problems and introducing new data science approaches for post- processing.  

In the Imaging & Sensing for Archaeology, Art History & Conservation (ISAAC) group of Nottingham Trent University (NTU), we have a long experience in the application of long-range remote imaging and sensing techniques in cultural heritage. In the framework of this project, the aim is to extend this knowledge to drone-based analysis, introducing new approaches to airborne examination. Our group is equipped with a suite of advanced drone-based spectral imaging and sensing systems, from spectral imaging to thermal camera and LIDAR. Even though drone-based systems have been widely used in remote sensing for many decades, the processing and post-processing of the acquired dataset is challenging and remains an ongoing subject of research. Therefore, one of the objectives of this project will be the development of new methods for the automatic and efficient processing of datasets collected by the various airborne techniques and the development of new Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods for their post-processing. Another objective of this project will be to investigate the complementarity of spectral imaging, thermal imaging and LIDAR techniques for addressing various conservation/preservation and archaeological questions.  

The data for this study will be collected from various archaeological sites across the country in the care of the English Heritage and possibly other archaeological sites around the world.

Supervisory team

Director of Studies: Dr Sotiria Kogou

Co-Supervisor: Prof Haida Liang

External Supervisor: Dr David Thickett

Internal Advisor: Dr Chris Brooke

Entry requirements

For the eligibility criteria, please visit NTU's how to apply page.

Fees and funding

This project is fully-funded by the Cultural Heritage Research Peaks Studentship Scheme.

How to apply

The application deadline is Friday 18 February 2022.

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