Recreating the Past: Visualisation and Animation of Cultural Heritage

Recreating the Past: Visualisation and Animation of Cultural Heritage


February 26 to March 1, 2001, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Photo session during the workshop

A workshop was organised on Recreating the Past- visualisation and animation of cultural heritage during February 26 to March 1, 2001, at Ayutthaya, Thailand. The workshop was organised by ISPRS (International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing ) Commission V, Working Group V/6 (Co-chair; Prof. Armin Gruen, ETH, Switzerland and Prof. Shunji Murai, University of Tokyo, Japan) in cooperation with CIPA (International Committee for Architectural Photogrammetry), ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites), Asian Institute of Tecgnology, ARIDA (Association for Real-time Imaging and Dynamic Analysis), Surveying and Mapping Society of Thailand, Silpakorn University and SPAFA (SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts).

Delegates attending the technical session during the workshop

The workshop was held successfully with 65 participants from 12 countries and the presentation of two keynote speeches and 36 technical papers. The opening ceremony was inaugurated by Prof. Armin Gruen representing ISPRS Com.V, WG V/6 and Prof. Pisit Charoenwongsa representing APAFA. Two keynote addresses were presented; (1) Caring for the Past-Aiming at the Future, Goals and Activities of ISPRS Commission V by Prof. Petros Patias, President of ISPRS Com.V, The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and (2) Reviving the Past by Prof. Pisit Charoenwngsa, Director of SPAFA. Technical papers were delivered in 6 sessions and a poster session with the focus on visualisation and animation of cultural heritage using digital photogrammetry, computer vision, digital surface modelling, 3D modelling electronic documentation and recording, airborne sensing, etc. The panel discussion was held on the February 28 before the closing ceremony in order to discuss technical issues, new challenging topics, future activities and so on by several experts. On the last day, the March 1, excursion to Phimai, Nakhon Ratchasima Province was organised to see a famous cultural heritage in Thailand. Visit to Ayutthaya cultural heritage was also made during the workshop. The quality of technical papers and the social functions including a boat trip for welcome party complimentary lunches were quite satisfiable.

Delegates attending the Poster session

One of the benefits to organise a workshop in such local town like Ayutthaya is to have a concentrated technical meeting in local atmosphere and at inexpensive cost. International Workshop of ISPRS WGV/6 will be held in a local place in Asia (maybe in Yunnan, China or Bali Island, Indonesia) in the end of February 2002 with the focus on Visualisation and Animation of Landscape in celebration of International Year of Mountains announced by United Nations. At the workshop Ravi Gupta, Editor of GIS @development offered a complimentary Internet service to refer all technical papers of the Workshop. Shunji Murai
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