[Learning How to Match Fresco Fragments]

Learning How to Match Fresco Fragments

Thomas Funkhouser1,  Hijung Shin1,  Corey Toler-Franklin1,  Antonio García Castañeda2,  Benedict Brown3,  David Dobkin1,  Szymon Rusinkiewicz1,  Tim Weyrich2

1 Princeton University
2 University College London
3 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Abstract

One of the main problems faced during reconstruction of fractured archaeological artifacts is sorting through a large number of candidate matches between fragments to find the relatively few that are correct. Previous computer methods for this task provided scoring functions based on a variety of properties of potential matches, including color and geometric compatibility across fracture surfaces. However, they usually consider only one or at most a few properties at once, and therefore provide match predictions with very low precision. In this paper, we investigate a machine learning approach that computes the probability that a match is correct based on the combination of many features. We explore this machine learning approach for ranking matches in three different sets of fresco fragments, finding that classifiers based on many match properties can be significantly more effective at ranking proposed matches than scores based on any single property alone. Our results suggest that it is possible to train a classifier on match properties in one data set and then use it to rank predicted matches in another data set effectively. We believe that this approach could be helpful in a variety of cultural heritage reconstruction systems.

Citation Style:    Publication

Learning How to Match Fresco Fragments.
Thomas Funkhouser, Hijung Shin, Corey Toler-Franklin, Antonio García Castañeda, Benedict Brown, David Dobkin, Szymon Rusinkiewicz, Tim Weyrich.
In Eurographics 2011 Special Area Track on Cultural Heritage, April 2011.
Thomas Funkhouser, Hijung Shin, Corey Toler-Franklin, Antonio García Castañeda, Benedict Brown, David Dobkin, Szymon Rusinkiewicz, and Tim Weyrich. Learning how to match fresco fragments. In Eurographics 2010 Special Area Track on Cultural Heritage. Eurographics Association, April 2011.Funkhouser, T., Shin, H., Toler-Franklin, C., García Castañeda, A., Brown, B., Dobkin, D., Rusinkiewicz, S., and Weyrich, T. 2011. Learning how to match fresco fragments. In Eurographics 2010 Special Area Track on Cultural Heritage, Eurographics Association.T. Funkhouser, H. Shin, C. Toler-Franklin, A. García Castañeda, B. Brown, D. Dobkin, S. Rusinkiewicz, and T. Weyrich, “Learning how to match fresco fragments,” in Eurographics 2010 Special Area Track on Cultural Heritage. Eurographics Association, Apr. 2011.

Acknowledgments

We wish to thank Professor Christos Doumas, Andreas Vlachopoulos, Colton Funkhouser, and the conservators and archeologists at the Akrotiri Excavation Laboratory of Wall Paintings for their input and collaboration. We also thank the persons and institutions that have collaborated with us or facilitated our research by giving access to the fresco material from the Tongeren Vrijthof excavation: Lara Laken (Radboud University Nijmegen), Guido Creemers and Igor Van den Vonder (Gallo-Romeins Museum Tongeren), Alain Vanderhoeven (Vlaams Instituut voor het Onroerend Erfgoed), and the city of Tongeren, Belgium. Finally, we thank Dimitris Gondicas, Peter Nomikos Jr., The Kress Foundation, Seeger Foundation, Thera Foundation, Cotsen Family Foundation, Samsung Scholarship Foundation, Google, National Science Foundation (CCF-0937139, CCF-0347427 and CCF-0702580), and the Research Foundation Flanders for their support.


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