DAT613 – Dissertation Proposal


How can artificial intelligence enhance the cultural heritage preservation applications of photogrammetry?

Outline of area of study/context

I’ve always had an interest in technology and in history. When I saw the television advertisement for Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence services that featured Yves Ubelmann’s photogrammetry work in Syria, I was intrigued. I had carried out some basic photogrammetry and worked with Microsoft’s Face API on previous projects so the combination of photogrammetry with AI, particularly in an historical context, was something I wanted to explore further.

There seems now the potential for burgeoning artificial intelligence capabilities to be used in conjunction with established photogrammetry techniques to literally ‘fill in the blanks’ in cultural heritage artefacts that have been lost to us through the passage of time or through destruction.


Secondary information sources will be used to establish and review the current state of the use of photogrammetry techniques as they are applied to cultural heritage preservation. In turn, further qualitative research and review will be undertaken to investigate the extent to which artificial intelligence is being employed in this field, comparisons drawn between practitioners, and the potential for future developments. Case studies?


The aim of this dissertation is to investigate how artificial intelligence techniques are being applied to photogrammetry for the purpose of cultural heritage preservation. Furthermore, I hope to highlight the potential for artificial intelligence to enhance the preservation of artefacts in conjunction with digital restoration techniques.


Cosido, O. et al. (2014) Hybridization of Convergent Photogrammetry, Computer Vision, and Artificial Intelligence for Digital Documentation of Cultural Heritage – A Case Study: The Magdalena Palace: 2014 International Conference on Cyberworlds. Santander, Spain, 6–8 October. Available at: https://ieeexplore-ieee-org.plymouth.idm.oclc.org/document/6980785?arnumber=6980785 (Accessed: 2 January 2019).

Factum Foundation (2019) Cultural Heritage Conservation. Available at: http://www.factumfoundation.org/ind/174/CULTURAL-HERITAGE-CONSERVATION (Accessed: 2 January 2019).

Historic England (2017) Photogrammetric Applications for Cultural Heritage. Guidance for Good Practice. Available at: https://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/publications/photogrammetric-applications-for-cultural-heritage/heag066-photogrammetric-applications-cultural-heritage (Accessed: 2 January 2019).

Iconem (2017) Cultural heritage: Changing values and changing technologies. Available at: http://iconem.tumblr.com/post/168497167099/cultural-heritage-changing-values-and-changing-technologies (Accessed: 2 January 2019).

Microsoft (2018) ‘Heritage activists’ preserve global landmarks ruined in war, threatened by time. Available at: https://news.microsoft.com/transform/heritage-activists-preserve-global-landmarks-ruined-in-war-threatened-by-time (Accessed: 2 January 2019).

Unity (2017) Photogrammetry Workflow. Available at: https://unity3d.com/files/solutions/photogrammetry/Unity-Photogrammetry-Workflow_2017-07_v2.pdf (Accessed: 2 January 2019).

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