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Science Agora 2021: “Pre-Agora”

Archeology × Engineering: Find the insect in the earthenware!

Date:                          11 October 2021 (Mon) @ 13:00-14:30 (JST)
Venue:                       Zoom Webinar (Registration required)
Eligibility:                 Everyone is welcome to attend.
Participation fee:   Free

Our discussion will focus on the collaboration between archaeology and computer science in an easy-to-understand manner. This session will be conducted primarily in Japanese but materials in English will be provided. Questions and comments will be accepted in English and Japanese. We look forward to seeing you!
Science Agora 2021 (Registration Page)
Team name: “DRA Project from Kumamoto University”
  • Israel Mendonça dos Santos, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology, Kumamoto University)
  • Hiroki Obata, Ph.D. (Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Graduate School, Kumamoto University.)
  • And three supporting members from Kumamoto University.

We are an interdisciplinary team that combines archaeology and computer science to provide useful tools to study human history. In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in the identification of seeds and insects contained in potsherds from Japan’s Jomon period. Researchers have been using x-ray images to examine these potsherds and classify the various organic inclusions. However, such a task requires experience in general x-ray image analysis and knowledge in botany and entomology. We aim to develop an AI-powered tool that allows the common person, with very little training, to be able to efficiently identify these organic inclusions. In this session, we will discuss with you the interdisciplinary future of archaeology and computer science that will contribute to the elucidation of this part of human history.
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