First Speakers for CyArk 500 Conference Announced

Heritage and technology experts from four continents to speak at CyArk Conference

by Elizabeth Lee
July 18, 2013
We are pleased to announce the first set of speakers for the CyArk 500 Launch and Conference. These speakers are just the beginning of an impressive line up of individuals and topics. Please check the conference website for more details as they are announced.

The CyArk 500 Conference session speakers are organized by the following session tracks:
The Need: Challenges Facing Cultural Heritage
Cultural heritage needs our help. Learn about the challenges facing the field from government officials, institutional experts, university professors and conservation practitioners.
The Tools: Innovations in Reality Capture
The cultural heritage field stands to benefit from the wealth of reality capture technologies now available. Experience the latest innovations in 3D hardware, software and cloud based systems.
The Benefits: Beyond Documentation
Digital documentation is only the beginning. See how these technologies can benefit local communities, bring international attention to site and provide unique educational and interpretive experiences.

THE NEED: Challenges Facing Cultural Heritage

Corine WegenerCorine Wegener
Cultural Heritage Preservation Officer, Smithsonian Institution

Corine Wegener, the Smithsonian’s Cultural Heritage Preservation officer, uses her 21 years of experience in the U.S. Army reserve to train soldiers in cultural heritage preservation. She was instrumental in the recovery of the National Museum of Iraq after devastating looting took place there during the war in 2003.

Rohit JigyasuRohit Jigyasu
UNESCO Chair Professor, Research Center for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University

Rohit Jigyasu, the UNESCO Chair Professor at Ritsumeikan University, is an expert in cultural risk management. He serves as the president of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP), and was the lead author of the World Heritage Resource Manual, “Managing Disaster Risk for World Heritage.”

Sada MireSada Mire
Founder & Executive Director, Horn Heritage Organization

Sada Mire, a Somalian archaeologist, founded the Horn Heritage Charity to discover and highlight the cultural heritage sites of Somaliland. She brings the experience of uncovering numerous heritage sites in an embattled and unrecognized region and the perspective of cultural heritage being a basic human need.

THE TOOLS: Innovations in Reality Capture

Brian MathewsBrian Mathews
Vice President, Autodesk Reality Capture

Brian Mathews, Autodesk Vice President, is at the leading edge of reality capture technologies from 3D laser scanning to photogrammetry to augmented reality and computer vision. A strong proponent of technology access and broad participation, he is pushing the field towards low to no cost methods of capturing our world.

THE BENEFITS: Beyond Documentation

Sarah KenderdineSarah Kenderdine
Director, Centre for Innovation in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (iGLAM) at City University of Hong Kong

Sarah Kenderdine, Director of the Centre for Innovation in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (iGLAM) at City University of Hong Kong, is at the forefront of creating interactive and immersive experiences for museums and galleries. Her latest project used data captured at the Mogao Grottoes Cave 220 to create an exhibition experience which allowed visitors to interact with an augmented digital recreation of the site at true-to-life scale.