McKay Lecture - April 30, 2008

Digital Bayon Archiving Project

photo of Katsushi Ikeuchi Katsushi Ikeuchi
Professor, Institute of Industrial Science
University of Tokyo

306 Soda Hall (HP Auditorium)
4:00 - 5:00 pm


Enjoying amazing ancient structures through Internet technologies is one of the most promising methods to promote our culture and cultural heritage. These technologies involve sensing, transmission, and display. In this talk, I will briefly explain these three aspects, and then focus on sensing issues, in particular, the technical challenges presented by sensing huge outdoor structures. I will describe the technical challenges and how we solved them as we confronted the difficult task of modeling the huge Bayon Temple in the Angkor ruin in Cambodia. I will show the digital data we obtained, including the entire structure of the temple, the hundred and seventy-three faces of deities, and the hidden pediments. I will also explain some of the technical issues involved in displaying the data we obtained, using our virtual Aska as an example.


Dr. Katsushi Ikeuchi is a Professor at the Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan. He received the B. Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan in 1973, and the Ph.D. degree in Information Engineering from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1978. After working at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology for three years as a postdoctoral fellow, the Electrotechnical Laboratory of the Ministry of International Trade and Industries for five years as a researcher, and the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University for ten years as a faculty member, he joined the University of Tokyo in 1996.