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Maurizio Seracini

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Maurizio Seracini is the Associate Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture, and Archaeology (CISA3) at the University of California, San Diego's California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). He is a pioneer in the use of multispectral imaging and other diagnostic tools as well as analytical technologies as applied to works of art and structures. He has studied more than 2,500 works of art and historic buildings.





Dave Yoder

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Dave Yoder is a photojournalist based in Milan, Italy. His photos have appeared in numerous publications from National Geographic, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, to Time, Newsweek, Fortune, and Forbes. His photo essay on bounty hunters was exhibited at Visa Pour l’Image in Perpignan, France. Yoder first learned about the lost Leonardo mural in 2006, and introduced the story and Maurizio Seracini to National Geographic, which provided the support and resources to continue the search for the painting.




Falko Kuester

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Falko Kuester is the Director of the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3) at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and the Calit2 Professor for Visualization and Virtual Reality. Professor Kuester also directs Calit2’s Center of Graphics, Visualization and Virtual Reality (GRAVITY), and holds appointments as associate professor in the University of California, San Diego, Jacobs School of Engineering’s Structural Engineering as well as Computer Science and Engineering departments. Professor Kuester is the principal investigator on the IGERT-TEECH project for Cultural Heritage Diagnostics, funded by the National Science Foundation, and with his team is working on methodologies and techniques for cultural heritage diagnostics and preservation, including diagnostic and analytical imaging as well as visual and cultural analytics in collaborative digital workspaces that provide engineers, scientists, art historians and restorers, with a means to intuitively and interactively explore historic artifacts. This research is creating the foundation for the next generation of cyber-archaeology that will provide a means to researchers and the public alike to study cultural heritage and facilitate its preservation.




Alexandra Hubenko

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Alexandra Hubenko is assistant director of the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture, and Archaeology (CISA3), and program manager for Calit2. She joined Calit2 in 2004 and before joining CISA3 in 2006 managed research projects primarily in the area of emergency and disaster response technologies. She manages CISA3 from an operational standpoint, including budgeting, resource allocation, outreach, and project planning. She serves as project manager for a recently awarded NSF-IGERT grant, which provides research, education, and training opportunities for graduate students in the field of cultural heritage diagnostics. She has been involved with diagnostic study of the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi in Florence, and since 2007, the search for the Battle of Anghiari. Since 2007, she has participated in several field efforts in Palazzo Vecchio, including multispectral imaging of the east wall, thermography, and 3-D laser scanning of the Salone dei Cinquecento. Prior to working at Calit2, Hubenko held positions in product development and engineering and project management in industry, working in semiconductor manufacturing and wireless telecommunications communications. She holds a B.S. in materials science and engineering from Cornell University, and an MBA in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is fluent in English and Ukrainian and also speaks Italian, German, and French.




Daniel Johnson

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Daniel Johnson is a development engineer at the University of California, San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). He manages a design and fabrication lab; his work began with the design and testing of rapid deployment emergency response information technology (IT) infrastructures, including ground and aerial imaging and sensor platforms. Johnson's involvement with "SurgiCam," a tiny surgical camera for minimally invasive surgery (MIS), led to a co-patent on fluidic lens actuation. He is also involved in a start-up company working on a compact cell detection and sorting platform. Johnson works closely with the University of California, San Diego Machine Perception (MP) Lab developing robots for motion research and interactive teaching aids for preschool children. As an investigator for the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture, and Archaeology (CISA3), he designs and develops tools for the conservation of cultural heritage. He mentors and sponsors students through summer research programs, senior design courses, and the NGS-UCSD collaboration program "Engineers for Exploration." Johnson graduated from University of California, San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and is currently pursuing a graduate degree. His research extends his work with CISA3, as he is focusing on 3 axis multispectral imaging techniques.




Vid Petrovic

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Vid Petrovic received a B.S. in computer science and engineering and a master's in computer graphics and visualization from the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on developing a system that visualizes LIDAR data to create three-dimensional replicas of sites that CISA3 is currently working on. Petrovic collects data from a site, renders that data into a visual form on a computer, and then creates an image that can be observed from various angles, light levels, and distances from a separate location. The system that Petrovic is developing allows an objective record of the site to be preserved for future study. Continued research is the cornerstone of CISA3’s mission—to create a future for our past.




David Vanoni

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David Vanoni was interning at Qualcomm as an undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego, when he first collaborated with Professor Falko Kuester. After he realized the connection between the work he was doing in the computer science department and the applications of the software being developed at CISA3, he decided to continue working with Kuester after graduation. In his first year as a graduate student, Vanoni is focusing on the design of interactive applications for multi-touch surfaces used to visualize, analyze, and annotate different types of data. In the future, Vanoni hopes to be able to work with the LIDAR data and create a multi-touch interface that will allow a viewer to work intuitively with data for research and restoration.




Samantha Stout

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Samantha Stout's interest in analytical methods for materials science stems from her previous research experiences, which focused on nanotechnology applied to medicine. In her current research, she is working on developing methodologies for materials analysis and spectral diagnostic techniques
where the "patients" are now artifacts of cultural heritage and can be
hundreds of years old. Stout came to the University of California, San Diego, after receiving her B.S. in materials science and engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She received her master's in materials science and engineering at the University of California, San Diego, where she is currently working on her Ph.D. When not working on her research, Stout enjoys hiking, cooking, and playing hockey and tennis.




Tom Wypych

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Tom Wypych is a doctoral candidate specializing in multi-spectral imaging, embedded systems, and wireless technologies in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of California, San Diego. His research interests include embedded design on mobile and accelerated processors, media coding applications, image acquisition and processing, and cellular communications technologies. Recent projects have included the hardware and software design of large-format, high-resolution, high-energy, x-ray computer tomography for non-destructive testing; co-design and authorship of the CGLX family of applications for distributed display environments; and implementation of media delivery for low-latency, low-bandwidth communications. Current research is focused on the integration and specialization of autonomous aerial vehicles to provide imaging and communications mission support for applications in cultural heritage field expeditions. Wypych recently authored "AirGSM: An Unmanned, Flying GSM Cellular Base Station for Flexible Field Communications," published at IEEE Aerospace 2012.



Antonino Cosentino

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Dr. Antonino Cosentino has a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Catania in Cultural Heritage Science. He currently works for the Bergen Art Museum in Norway investigating the painting techniques of J. C. Dahl, the country’s first great romantic painter. Dr. Cosentino also teaches “Scientific Methods for Art Investigation” at the Pratt Institute in New York. An expert in imaging and analytical techniques, Dr. Cosentino has carried out scientific examinations of important works by artists ranging from Caravaggio to Andy Warhol, and also an Egyptian mummy. This work was completed on behalf of a variety of museums while he was a researcher for the European MObile LABoratory for Art investigation (MOLAB-Eu-Artech) and as an A.W. Mellon Fellow in Conservation Science at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. For the “Battle of Anghiari”, he serves as an expert on neutron and spectroscopic techniques, and in particular Raman spectroscopy as it is used to characterize paint pigments. Dr. Cosentino also assists the project on other analytical techniques—such as Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF)—and has special training in materials characterization and analysis techniques for cultural heritage artifacts.



Filippo Venturini

Photo: Maria Grazia Pancani

Filippo Venturini is a conservation scientist specializing in materials characterization and analysis for cultural heritage artifacts, which he studied at the University of Florence. He conducts sample analysis, which involves performing stereomicroscopy on the extracted samples and documenting results. Venturini is responsible for embedding samples in polyester resin for scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis and taking them to Pontlab to have SEM performed. He also performs UV fluorescence and reflected light microscopy. His role in the “The Battle of Anghiari” project is to perform data analysis and interpret the results.



Maria Grazia Pancani

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Dr. Maria Grazia Pancani received her Ph.D. in Earth Science from the University of Florence and has over 25 years of experience using materials characterization techniques on cultural heritage artifacts, specializing in organic materials characterization. As a consultant to the data analysis and interpretation team, she specifically helps interpret chemical analysis data, including, but not limited to, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), cross-section analysis, and microRaman spectroscopy. Dr. Pancani has also participated in the materials characterization analysis of Leonardo da Vinci’s Adoration of the Magi.



Letizia Guffi

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Letizia Guffi is a conservation scientist who studied at the University of Florence. She is responsible for labeling, tracking, preparing samples, and documenting analytical techniques on samples taken from “The Battle of Anghiari”. Guffi conducts sample analysis by performing stereomicroscopy on the extracted samples and documenting results. She is also responsible for embedding samples in polyester resin and preparing them for scanning electron microscopy (SEM). She is part of the data analysis and interpretation team, and has specific expertise in materials characterization and analysis for cultural heritage artifacts. Guffi has also participated in the analysis of several other major Renaissance works, including Leonardo da Vinci’s Adoration of the Magi and Caravaggio’s Medusa.

Protecting the Vasari

  • Photo: Vasari mural

    Behind the Vasari

    Restorers find existing gaps in the Vasari mural that can be used to search for "The Battle of Anghiari."

Behind the Science

  • Photo: HIPerSpace wall

    Visualizing Data

    The team gathers visible, LIDAR, and radar data and now must place them in a virtual environment.

  • Photo: Endoscope

    Extraction Operation

    Incision instruments, sampling tools, and methods for the sample extraction were designed for this project.

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