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DCH 506: Adding the nth Dimension in Cultural Heritage Research






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Course Description and Aims

The course will present and discuss the concept of modeling in n dimensions, using various computer generated outcomes, and how we are interacting with them. In particular, the course will focus on the representation of changes through time and space, of various types of landscape (natural, anthropogenic or social) and the representation and analytical analysis of processes in the CH research. Complementary, the course will discuss the concept of designing and modeling dynamic processes and definition of logic systems – design, identification of variables and estimation of their impact on the whole and inter-relationships within a system. Finally, the course will discuss the visualization of n dimensional representations and the interaction between them and the user.

This semester long course will be organized in 2.5-hour weekly meetings which will be devoted to lectures offered by the course tutor and guest lecturers as well as discussion based seminar meetings with the contribution of experts in the field. The projected timetable of lecture and seminar meeting topics is as follows:

Lecture Topics (each topic’s content will be covered between one and two meetings)

1.    Temporal and spatial GIS.
2.    Presence and tele-presence in a virtual environment.
3.    Expert systems and simulations in n dimensions.
4.    Landscape and mindscape – haptic devices, interfaces and virtual environments.
5.    Perception and inference in a digital environment.
6.    Student presentations
7.    Student presentations
8.    Course conclusions

Discussion-based Seminar Topics (meetings will be scheduled during the semester with the participation of guest lecturers and experts)
1.    Virtual environments, 3D and visual interaction.
2.    Modeling of time and its digital representation.

Grade Distribution

60% - final essay; 30% - seminar presentation; 10% - participation in class


Selected bibliography

  • Fosca Giannotti, Gianni Giannotti, Dino Pedreschi, Mobility, Data Mining and Privacy: Geographic Knowledge Discovery, Springer, 2008.
  • Peter P. Chen, Leah Y. Wong, Active Conceptual Modeling of Learning: Next Generation Learning-base System Development, Springer, 2007.
  • Christine Parent, S. Spaccapietra, Esteban Zimanyi, Conceptual Modeling for Traditional and Spatio-temporal Applications: The MADS Approach, Springer, 2006.
  • William R. Sherman, Alan B. Craig, Understanding virtual reality: interface, application, and design, Morgan Kaufmann, 2003.
  • Michael Heim, The Metaphysics of Virtual Reality, Oxford University Press US, 1994.
  • Randall Packer, Ken Jordan, William Gibson, Multimedia: from Wagner to virtual reality, Norton, 2002.
  • David John Unwin, Peter Fisher, Virtual reality in geography, CRC Press, 2002.
  • Anne Kelly Knowles, Past Time, Past Place: GIS for History, ESRI, Inc., 2002.
  • Jane Drummond, Roland Billen, Elsa Joao, David Forrest, Dynamic and mobile GIS: investigating changes in space and time, CRC Press, 2006.