Science and Technology to Leverage Culture and Cultural Heritage
Date(s) - 01/24/2023
With the emergence of technologies in the first two decades of the 21st century, it becomes evident that the usage of Information and Communication Technologies should be extended to Culture and Cultural Heritage domains. Throughout the world, many examples and success stories have been achieved. Yet, it is believed that those stories should be highlighted and disseminated in order to expand the knowledge and create new opportunities and applications.
In this seminar, we will expose how ICT may contribute to better knowledge of various cultures, how ICT may be used to disseminate and exchange information about cultural heritage sites, and probably draw a potential strategy for the contribution of ICT in Cultural Heritage.
The second part of the seminar will be dedicated to recent applications of technologies at the Giza Plateau in Egypt, where scientists from Egypt, Japan, France and Canada were able to successfully employ cosmic rays in order to scan the internal structure of the Great Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu), and were able to determine the existence of previously unknown voids within the pyramid. This work was the subject to a recent publication in “Nature”.
Yasser Elshayeb is a Professor of Engineering at the American University in Cairo, and the former Chief of the Party of the “Center of Excellence for Water”.
Prof. Elshayeb have always been active in the field of Cultural Heritage Management and Conservation, Risk Assessment, and project management through the participation and management of several international projects in those fields (the last in this series is the #ScanPyramids project). He was also the Director of the Egyptian Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CULTNAT) between 2012 and 2014.
Between 2006 and 2019, Dr. Elshayeb was the Egyptian National Coordinator of EU Programs on Higher Education (TEMPUS/ ERASMUS MUNDUS / ERASMUS+), and since 2006, he was highly involved in the setting up of the Euro Mediterranean policies and dialogues on Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Culture, as a focal point of many Euro Mediterranean programs in Egypt.
Dr. Yasser is a graduate of Cairo University in 1990 with a degree in Engineering and had a PhD from “Nancy School of Mines” in France on the Contribution of Fuzzy Logic to Geotechnical Risk Assessment of some Ancient Tombs at the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.
Since his early years, Dr. Elshayeb has developed a passion for various fields of Science and Knowledge Dissemination.