List of Confirmed Workshop Participants/Keynote Speakers

Prof. Mark Depauw, Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium)


Prof. Depauw is a Research Professor and head of Ancient History at the Catholic University of Leuven, and director of the research platform Trismegistos, an  aggregation of databases, with associated capabilities for deep searching, which was created to overcome borders of discipline and language in the study of the ancient world (800 BC – AD 800), principally but not exclusively the later phases of Egyptian history.

Prof. Bernard Frischer, Indiana University (USA).


Prof. Frischer is Professor of Informatics, Computing and Engineering here at Indiana University and is Director of the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory; he is a world leader in developing 3D and VR applications for the study of the ancient world, particularly the ancient Roman world.

Dr. Gabriele Guidi, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)


Dr. Guidi, who is currently a visiting scholar here at Indiana University in the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory, is a specialist in photogrammetry and digital modeling, and has worked extensively both in model making, as well as on organization and development of a major 3D repository collection projects.

Dr. Melinda Hartwig, Carlos Museum, Emory University (USA)


Dr. Hartwig is currently President of the American Research Center in Egypt, the principal professional organization of American Egyptologists, and curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern Art at the Carlos Museum at Emory University. She has conducted a number of digital recording projects in Egypt, including digital documentation of the Theban tombs of Neferrenpet and of Mena.

Dr. Matthias Lang, Tübingen University (Germany)


Dr. Lang is coordinator of the e-Science Center of  Tübingen University. He is an archaeologist whose work focuses on on-site documentation with aerial and scanning technologies, but he has also begun a project to produce and deliver 3D models for the presentation of objects in Tübingen collections.

Prof. Jean Li, Ryerson University (Canada)

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Prof. Li is on the faculty of the Department of History at Ryerson University, where she has led a team exploring the use of robotics in archaeological exploration and visualization at the site of El-Hibeh.

Dr. Christian Loeben, Museen für Kulturgeschichte der Landeshauptstadt Hannover (Germany)

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Dr. Loeben is curator of the Egyptian and Islamic Collections in the Museen für Kulturgeschichte der Landeshauptstadt of Hannover. He has been active in producing 3D models of objects in the Hannover collection.

Prof. Rita Lucarelli, University of California at Berkeley (USA)


Prof. Lucarelli is Assistant Curator of Egyptology at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology of the University of California, Berkeley and Fellow of the Digital Humanities in Berkeley. She is presently leading the “Book of the Dead in 3D” project, aiming at realizing 3D models of ancient Egyptian coffins. She is also co-principal investigator in the Immersive Humanities Viewer project based at UCLA.

Prof. Peter Manuelian, Harvard University (USA)


Prof. Manuelian is Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology at Harvard University and Director of the Harvard Semitic Museum. He was founding director of the Giza Archive project at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and is Director of the Giza Project at Harvard University. Prof. Manuelian is one of the most important scholars working on 3D and VR applications in Egyptology world-wide.

Prof. Joshua Roberson, University of Memphis (USA)


Prof. Roberson is Assistant Professor of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at the University of Memphis, and currently acting director of the Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology at Memphis. He is co-principal investigator on the project “Karnak Hypostyle Hall Project: Structure and 3D Modelling of the 134 Giant Columns,” an important architectural modeling project; and he was recipient of a 2016 Faculty Research Grant at the University of Memphis to support the photogrammetric documentation of the Egyptian collection of the University of Memphis Museum.

Prof. Elaine Sullivan, University of California – Santa Cruz (USA)


Prof. Sullivan is Assistant Professor of History at UC-Santa Cruz, and director of the 3D-Saqqara Project, which aims to integrate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and 3D modeling to simulate the built and natural landscape of Saqqara, one of the oldest and most important archaeological sites in Egypt, and its transformations across time. Prof. Sullivan is recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Publication Award for creating a born-digital project on the ritual landscape of the Saqqara necropolis; an NEH Digital Humanities Start-up Grant for 3D Saqqara (2015-2016), and an American Council of Learned Societies Digital Innovation Fellowship for preliminary work on 3D Saqqara (2012-2013).

Prof. Willeke Wendrich, University of California at Los Angeles (USA)


Prof. Wendrich is Professor of Egyptian Archaeology, the Joan Sisbee Professor of African Cultural Archaeology, and Director of the Center for Digital Humanites and of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA. She has initiated and led numerous digital Egyptological projects, including the on-line UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology and Digital Karnak. She is currently in the early stages of planning for a new “Virtual Nubia” project, which will include 3D and VR content on Nubia, the region to the south of Egypt, which was at times under Egyptian cultural domination but which also developed its own distinct and important culture.