THE CULTURAL HERITAGE ENGINEERING INITIATIVE (CHEI)
“Engineering a Future for the Past”
The Cultural Heritage Engineering Initiative at UC San Diego brings the power of student-driven engineering to the study and preservation of monuments, historic structures, archaeological sites, art and other artifacts. CHEI has created a comprehensive methodology and toolbox – integrating instru-ments for data collection, processing, analysis, visualization, and dissemination, with expertise in field deployment, training, and outreach.
CHEI is shaping the field of cultural heritage engineering, through multidisciplinary research, development and field-testing of fundamental concepts, techniques, tools and instruments. Our diagnostic imaging and synthesis techniques combine data from 3D surveys, multi-spectral imaging, sensing and computing to create a digital surrogate of the target environment, enabling and innovating data-enabled science and engineering.
CHEI conducts and supports global expeditions, operating in a broad range of environments, while concurrently exploring new direction in robotics and sensor payload systems for life-like data collection, computing for model creation, visualization and virtual reality, literally allowing researchers and the public alike to step into the arena of research and discovery and explore artifacts on their own terms.
CHEI closely works with scientists, explorers and stakeholders, including cultural institutions and museums, to create a scientific-baseline for an artifact or target environment, allowing for detailed inquiry, knowledge extraction, informed decision making and life-cycle management.
CHEI is uniquely equipped to provide expert solutions related to a wide range of challenges in aerial, ground and underwater imaging, data processing, visualization and analyis. From platforms and tools developed in-house for research, education and training, to technologies for use in hard-to-reach or hostile environments, our scientists and engineers can offer a broad range of research, development and deployment expertise and we are always interested in exploring new collaborations.
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San Diego, April 12, 2018 – War-fighting innovation
San Diego, March 23, 2018 – PBS NewsHour aired the
San Diego, March 19, 2018 – The Cultural Heritage
February 15, 2018 A collaborative group of researchers from
San Diego, February 6, 2018 – “Lost Treasures of
San Diego, February 2, 2018, Performances of Erasure and
In a study published recently in the journal Coral Reefs,
September 18, 2017. A team of archaeologists from the
San Diego, Calif., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 — Cultural
San Diego, July 27, 2017 — In a long feature article and
San Diego, July 18, 2017 — Technology deployed by the
San Diego, Calif., April 13, 2017 — Together with their
San Diego, January 19, 2017 — If the prospect of a
The Fall 2015 issue of American Archaeology (Vol. 19, No.
Professor Kuester presented an invited talk at Cinegrid
San Diego, Calif., Dec. 10, 2015 — The city of Granada,
UCSD’s Strategic Vision identifies four research
San Diego, Calif., May 12, 2015 — Given that the motto of
Dominique Rissolo is the newly hired Special Projects
San Diego, Calif., Feb. 19, 2015 — Late last year, two
At this year’s Computer Applications and Quantitative
San Diego, Calif., May 1, 2014 — A team of
November 7, 2013 — An interdisciplinary team of Ph.D.
September 13, 2013 — A crowdsourcing effort led by
September 10, 2013 — A team of researchers from the
April 1, 2013 — From three-dimensional imaging of
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