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Automated Reconstruction of Fragmented Archaeological Finds Bearing an Arbitrary Shape

Project Description and Objectives

Objective: Development of a novel information system that will substantially contribute to the reconstruction of fragmented archaeological finds. The system will be developed so as to offer geometrically consistent reconstruction solutions with maximum likelihood, if any, for a given set of fragmented archaeological finds.

Research Outline: First, a class of fragments belonging to the same excavation site and probably to a small number of objects, will be selected. The fragments will be photographed and 3D scanned and the data will be placed in a simple data-base.
Subsequently, a class of mathematical entities will be determined that may characterize eventual contact between 2 fragments.
Next, a proper set of algorithms will be developed, which substantiate these mathematical entities and, in a second step, they look for probable contact surfaces between a pair of fragments. In this way a tree/network of probable connections will be established, which is expected to be highly sparse.
As a next step, optimized search algorithms will be developed that will propose probable reconstruction solutions (islands of fragments) on a maximum likelihood basis.
Finally, the reconstruction solutions proposed will be cross checked by the scholars.

Type of Contract and Benefits

The selected ESR13 will be offered a full-time 36 months employment contract by the The Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS).

The contract will include the following allowances:

Living Allowance (LA) = € 2882,97 per month corresponding to the monthly salary for the fellow before any deductions: contributions of both employers and employees to social security, pension, taxation.
Family allowance (FA) = 500€ per month. The LA will be paid only if the recruited ESR has a family* status at the time of recruitment.
Mobility Allowance (MA) = 600€ per month. The MA is a contribution to household, relocation and travel expenses.

*"Family" means persons linked to the researcher by marriage (or a relationship with equivalent status to a marriage recognised by the legislation of the country where this relationship was formalised) or dependent children who are actually being maintained by the researcher.

Doctoral Degree

ESR13 will be awarded a joint Double Doctorate degree by the The Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) in cotutelle with the University of Bordeaux Montaigne (UBM).

A Secondments to the the University of Bordeaux Montaigne (UBM) (minimum 18 months) and to the Muza Eretz Museum in Israel are envisaged.

Additional Secondments to ED-ARCHMAT Beneficiaries and/or Partners may be planned according to ESR 13 research needs.

Eligibility Criteria

Main Eligibility criteria are indicated in section ADMISSION RULES

ESR13 Specific Requirements

Research Fields: Pattern Recognition, Surface and Volume Geometry, 3D modelling, Computational Geometry, Calculus of Variations, Applications of IT in Archaeometry.

Ph.D. Candidate Requirements:
1 M.Sc. degree and/or an equivalent 5-years diploma in Computer Engineering and/or Computer Science. The degree equivalence is governed by the regulations set by the Hellenic National Academic Recognition Information Center (NARIC).
2 Fluency in oral and written English (Level C2).
3 Very good knowledge of:
Programming languages: C, C++, MATLAB/OCTAVE.
Image and Signal Processing.
Pattern Recognition and Computer Vision.
Advanced Mathematics and mainly Differential Geometry, Calculus of Variations and Statistics.

Ph.D. Candidate Desired Qualifications:
1 It should be helpful if the Candidate has already dealt with applications of the aforementioned scientific disciplines in Archaeometry. It would be also very positive if the Candidate has publications on this subject.
2 It would be preferable if the Candidate has fluency in speaking and writing Greek.
The minimum residence required by the ICCS - School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NTUA, for a Ph.D. Candidate to obtain a Ph.D. degree is 4 (four) years.

Application Deadline

The deadline for the online submission of completed application forms available under section APPLICATION of the ED-ARCHMAT website is 9th September 2018.

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