Join CyArk to discuss the state of heritage preservation world-wide and the impact of existing and emerging technologies for data capture and dissemination.


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Topics

HERITAGE AT RISK: The risks facing heritage and the traditional response including political diplomacy, physical conservation, artifact recovery, site survey, and training.
RETHINKING PRESERVATION: Using emerging methods and technologies to respond to heritage at risk, during, before, and after loss and destruction.
TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION: Developing new technologies to digitally capture and experience the world.

About

The CyArk 500 Annual Summit is an international event held to advance the goals of the CyArk 500 Challenge, CyArk’s initiative to digitally preserve 500 cultural heritage sites within five years. In recognition of the global scale of this program, the event is held in a different capitol city each year. In 2015, the Annual Summit will be hosted in Berlin, Germany at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.

In response to the recent natural and intentional destruction of cultural heritage sites around the world, the organizing theme of the CyArk 500 Annual Summit is: Resilience through Innovation: Countering escalating threats to our cultural heritage by rethinking preservation through digital technology.

Join us as we discuss the needs of the heritage and museums worlds and how heritage is managed at a global scale with representatives from ministries of Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Iraq, Pakistan, Kenya and Thailand among others alongside members of the CyArk 500 Advisory Council.

The CyArk 500 Annual Summit brings together global leaders in support of advancing technology for heritage preservation. This two-day conference is designed to expose attendees to insightful talks and presentations at the intersection of culture and technology.

The CyArk 500 Annual Summit is an international event held to advance the goals of the CyArk 500 Challenge, CyArk’s initiative to digitally preserve 500 cultural heritage sites within five years. In recognition of the global scale of this program, the event is held in a different capitol city each year. In 2015, the Annual Summit will be hosted in Berlin, Germany at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.

In response to the recent natural and intentional destruction of cultural heritage sites around the world, the organizing theme of the CyArk 500 Annual Summit is: Resilience through Innovation: Countering escalating threats to our cultural heritage by rethinking preservation through digital technology.

Join us as we discuss the needs of the heritage and museums worlds and how heritage is managed at a global scale with representatives from ministries of Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Iraq, Pakistan, Kenya and Thailand among others alongside members of the CyArk 500 Advisory Council.

The CyArk 500 Annual Summit brings together global leaders in support of advancing technology for heritage preservation. This two-day conference is designed to expose attendees to insightful talks and presentations at the intersection of culture and technology.

 

SPEAKERS

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AYLA SALIH
Dep. of Relations & Media, Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities Iraq

Layla Salih graduated with her MA in Islamic Architecture from Baghdad University. After graduation Layla was head of all heritage buildings in Mosul, Iraq. Previously she was the curator at The Mosul Museum in Iraq from 2000 until 2009. Currently, she is working on a project to survey all of the existing schools of Mosul from the Ottoman age. Ms. Salih has participated in conferences in Iraq and abroad, and published numerous research articles related to Islamic Art and Architecture, in particular focusing on interests in coins, Arabic calligraphy, Islamic minarets, and architecture styles of Ottoman schools.

FRANCESCO BANDARIN
Professor of Urban Planning and Urban Conservation , University Institute of Architecture of Venice, Italy

Mr. Bandarin served as the Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre for 10 years (2000-2010) before being appointed Assistant Director-General for Culture at UNESCO (2010-2014). He has worked in both public and private institutions in the fields of built heritage, cultural heritage conservation, environmental heritage and cultural events, as well as architectural and urban design in developing countries. As Director of the World Heritage Centre, Mr. Bandarin has led the development of a vast network of public private partnerships for World Heritage conservation and the process of adoption of the 2011 Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape. He is currently Professor of Urban Planning and Urban Conservation at the University Institute of Architecture of Venice, Italy.

BEN KACYRA
Founding Director, CyArk and CyArk Europe

Ben Kacyra is the founding director of CyArk, a nonprofit engaged in 3D digital preservation of cultural heritage sites worldwide. CyArk’s concept stemmed from Mr. Kacyra’s work as co-founder and CEO of Cyra Technologies, a San Francisco Bay Area technology company responsible for developing the first fully integrated laser 3D imaging, mapping, modeling, and CAD system which is currently used worldwide in the architectural, engineering and construction industries as well as in the automotive, entertainment and crime forensics fields. Cyra Technologies was acquired by Leica Geosystems in 2001 and Mr. Kacyra remained on its board of directors through March of 2004. Prior to Cyra Technologies, Mr. Kacyra was CEO of Cygna Corporation, an engineering and construction management firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area which he co-founded in 1973. Under his leadership, Cygna became one of the top 80 engineering companies in the United States. In 1989 Cygna’s engineering business was acquired by a major AEC design and construction firm. Mr. Kacyra holds a MS degree in engineering from the University of Illinois.

BARBARA KACYRA
Founding Director, CyArk

Barbara’s professional career has involved diverse businesses including high technology manufacturing and software, real estate development, and asset management. Over the years she has been an active volunteer and has been president or director of several non-profits and community organizations. Barbara has always been interested in architectural preservation/restoration and the influence of the built environment on the way people have lived, worked and played through the ages. She holds a BFA with high distinction from California College of Arts and Crafts, loves 60’s music, digital art and photography, snorkeling, sandy beaches, and palm trees.

MATTHEW VINCENT
Co-Founder, Project Mosul

Matthew Vincent is the co-founder of Project Mosul and a PhD candidate in archaeology at the University of Murcia, where is a research fellow as part of the Initial Training Network for Digital Cultural Heritage, a Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions programme that aims to bring together experts from various facets of heritage and develop a framework for the holistic management, study, and dissemination of cultural heritage. While Vincent loves ‘dirt archaeology’ he believes in the power of new technologies and their applications to heritage. Vincent is an advocate for open access to cultural heritage, and strongly believes in establishing new preservation strategies that empower professionals in heritage sectors to better achieve their goals and to be able to open new avenues of investigation.

ZHANG XINYU AND LIANG HONG
On The Road, Documentary

Mr.Zhang Xinyu and Ms. Liang Hong are the subject of the popular Chinese program, On the Road, which has more than half billion viewers around the world. The program centers on their international travel and their experience interacting with diverse cultures. They will share their experience traveling through from Beijing to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Iraq and more while filming a documentary about the heritage and human stories of the Middle East. Their talk will include their recent project to digitally recreate the lost Buddhas of Bamiyan through 3D projection mapping. (Photo: Courtesy Xinhua)

CHRISTOPH KREMER
Head of the Ars Electronica Center

Christoph Kremer studied law and has worked in several positions in the field of cultural management, public-private partnership and public relations. Since 2011 he holds the position as head of the Ars Electronica Center and also is in charge of the science mediation strategy of the Ars Electronica Center at large. He developed several project and formats and is specialized in the field of science communication of new and emerging sciences On behave of Ars Electronica he has developed several transnational projects and serves as a consultant for various museums worldwide.

ROHIT JIGYASU
UNESCO Chair Professor, Research Center for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University

Rohit Jigyasu is a conservation architect and risk management consultant from India, currently working as UNESCO Chair professor at the Research Center for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan and Senior Advisor to the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS). He is member of the Executive Committee of ICOMOS and president of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP). He will be speaking on the efforts to preserve the heritage of the recently devasted area of Nepal. Rohit has been teaching as the visiting faculty at several national and international academic institutions in India and abroad. Rohit has also been consultant to several national and international organizations like Archaeological Survey of India, National Institute of Disaster Management, UNESCO, ICCROM and the Getty Conservation Institute for conducting research and training on Cultural Heritage Risk Management. He has contributed to several international publications and is the author of the World Heritage Resource Manual on ‘Managing Disaster Risks for World Heritage’ published by UNESCO, ICCROM, ICOMOS and IUCN and recently published ‘Training Guide on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage in Urban Areas’

ADRIAN FERRIER
Development Manager, Trimble Buildings / XYZ / MRP

Adrian is part of the Trimble-Hololens team and will be presetting on their development process, progress to date and the potential impacts on the heritage field.

DR. DAVID MITCHELL
Director of Conservation, Historic Scotland

Dr David Mitchell MSc IHBC FSA Scot is Director of Conservation at Historic Scotland, the government body charged for caring for Scotland’s Historic Environment. He is responsible for 345 historic sites and associated collections across Scotland with a specialist conservation team of 400 staff. His responsibilities also extend to technical and scientific research, traditional skills and climate change – the focus of a new £9M Building Conservation Centre which will open in Stirling next year. His background is in industrial heritage and he specializes in the conservation of ferrous metal structures. He has been a keen advocate of digital documentation for some time and has led the Scottish Ten Project with CyArk and Glasgow School of Art. He is a long-time supporter of CyArk and is a member of the CyArk 500 Advisory Council.

MOREHSHIN ALLAHYARI
New Media Artist

Morehshin Allahyari is a new media artist, art activist, educator, and cultural curator. She was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States in 2007. Her work extensively deals with the political, social, and cultural contradictions we face every day. She thinks about technology as a poetic tool to document the personal and collective lives we live and our struggles as humans in the 21st century. Morehshin will speak about her new project, Material Speculation. The first series, Material Speculation: ISIS, is a 3D modeling and 3D printing project focused on the reconstruction of selected (original) artifacts (statues from the Roman period city of Hatra and Assyrian artifacts from Nineveh) that were destroyed by ISIS in 2015.

TRAVIS THRELKEL
Chief Creative Officer, Obscura Digital

Travis Threlkel thrives on creating things that have never been done before, both in scale and concept, directing his passion, experimental drive, and ideas to push the boundaries of creativity and technology. Threlkel founded Obscura Digital in 2000, where he currently drives the creative vision as Chief Creative Officer, while leading a team of 60 people. Travis Threlkel works with executive leadership from top companies in the world, leading government agencies, and innovative entertainment acts.

PROF. DR.-ING. DIETER FRITSCH
Head of Institute for Photogrammetry, Universitaet Stuttgart

Prof. Dieter Fritsch is the head of the Institute for Photogrammetry at the Universitaet Stuttgart since 1992. He has served six years as Rector of the Universitaet Stuttgart and is the academic Co-Founder of The German University in Cairo (GUC), Egypt. Prof. Fritsch published three hundred articles on topics of GIS, Photogrammetry, LIDAR and Remote Sensing. He has served on steering committees in both academia and industry and is a much asked for keynote speaker on academic as well as political events. Prof. Fritsch hosts the Photogrammetric Week, a bi-annual conference, which regularly attracts 500 international participants from science and industry.

DOUGLAS PRITCHARD
Associate Professor,Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh

Douglas is an Associate Professor at Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow. His area of expertise is in the development of 3D-based research for the architectural, heritage and urban design sectors. The foundation of the work utilises sub-millimetre, terrestrial and long-range 3D scanning systems to generate highly precise 3D datasets. Douglas has initiated and developed numerous UK and international 3D documentation projects and in early October, he will be part of a Cairo-based workshop to address the preservation of threatened Egyptian cultural heritage. At the Berlin summit, Douglas will be presenting the current 3D work at the Cologne Cathedral World Heritage Site.

ALI INAM
TPI, Lahore University of Management Sciences

Ali is the Director of the Technology for the People Initiative (TPI), which is a university-wide center at LUMS enabling multi-disciplinary faculty-led teams, students and individuals to explore technology interventions in partnership with the public sector. In the past, Ali has worked closely with the Punjab and Sindh government as an ICT consultant to promote governance reform using technology, such as using feedback to reduce corruption. He has led multiple initiatives that focus on leveraging technology to increase citizen engagement and government transparency. Ali is from Lahore and holds a Bachelor’s degree of Science from LUMS.
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