Can robots be at the service of culture?

When recovering artefacts at excavation sites, such as vases, amphorae, and frescoes, it is very common for them to be damaged by time. The EU-funded project RePAIR aims to facilitate this reconstruction process to bring ancient artworks back to life.

A group of researchers from the Institute for Systems and Robotics is developing an intelligent robotic system that can process, combine and assemble large fractured artefacts autonomously, in a fraction of the time required by humans. This new system has already been tested in case of studies at iconic UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as Pompeii. On December 20 and 21, 2022 the Instituto Superior Técnico partners were the hosts of an annual meeting between project members.

The project is led by the University of Ca’ Foscari Venezia and includes partners from Italy, Israel, Germany and Portugal.

Published December, 2023