AI & Earth Observation based services for cultural heritage monitoring

AIRFARE

PN-III-P2-2.1-PTE-2019-0579 (61PTE/2020)

The conservation of natural and historical monuments has a strategic importance for maintaining the local and national cultural identity, encouraging the sustainable exploitation of cultural properties and creating new social opportunities.

Project goal

The main objective of the AIRFARE project is to develop a prototype of services to the target market, which analyzes sites with high natural or cultural relevance and offers solutions to mitigate and prevent future degradation or deterioration by assessing past and current site conditions and forecasting future trends, focusing mainly on urbanization, vegetation changes and geological factors, in the context of climate change and anthropogenic intervention.

Contracting authority: Executive Unit for Financing Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation (UEFISCDI)

Implementation period: 07/09/2020-31/07/2022

Budget: 198.100 lei

Project responsible: Dr. Habil. Radu Claudiu Fierăscu

  • Partners
  • General objectives
  • Phase I
  • Phase II
  • Phase III
  • Dissemination and communication
Partners

Coordinator:

S.C. GMV Innovating Solutions S.R.L.,

Project manager: Dr. ing. Mihaela Violeta Gheorghe

Partner 1:

University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest,

Project responsible: Dr. Cristian Moise

Partner 2:

National Institute for Research & Development in Chemistry and Petrochemistry – ICECHIM,

Project responsible: Dr. Habil. Radu Claudiu Fierăscu


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General objectives

The main objective of the AIRFARE project is to develop a prototype of target services, which analyzes sites with high natural or cultural relevance and offers solutions to mitigate and prevent future degradation or deterioration by assessing past and current site conditions and forecasting future trends, with emphasis mainly on urbanization, vegetation changes and geological factors in the context of climate change and anthropogenic intervention.

The specific objectives of the project are: Development of change detection services for monitoring and risk prevention systems through early warning, using mergers between multispectral and radar EO data and Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning algorithms; Development of movement monitoring services based on radar EO data and multi-temporal interferometry techniques; Improving travel monitoring services by integrating AI / ML techniques for early warning in case of atypical movement trends; Identifying the requirements associated with the development of services for the cultural heritage built by involving relevant stakeholders (central and local authorities, heritage site administrators, etc.); Defining, implementing and validating services in representative use cases and scenarios.

Phase I

Defining user requirements, identifying, analyzing and choosing the optimal algorithms.

Deployment period: 07/09/2020 – 31/12/2020

Activities carried out by the partner ICECHIM:

  • Identification of in situ or other necessary data sources – initial;
  • Results dissemination;
Phase II

Implementation of the platform.

Deployment period: 01/01/2021 – 31/12/2021

Activities carried out by the partner ICECHIM:

  • Identification of in situ or other necessary data sources – continuation;
  • Carrying out testing and validation activities in the operational environment;
  • Results dissemination.
Phase III

Implementation of the platform.

Deployment period: 01/01/2022 – 31/07/2022

Activities carried out by the partner ICECHIM:

  • Carrying out testing and validation activities in the operational environment;
  • Results dissemination.
Dissemination and communication

The activity of disseminating the results materialized by participating in the following scientific events:

  • The 16th International Symposium “Priorities of Chemistry for a Sustainable Development” PRIOCHEM, From Space to Earth—AIRFARE: A Project for the Cultural Heritage Preservation, authors: Irina Fierascu, Anda Maria Baroi, Toma Fistos, Roxana Ioana Brazdis, Cristian Moise, Alina Ortan, Radu Claudiu Fierascu, MDPI Proceedings 2020, 57(1), 53; https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2020057053, https://www.mdpi.com/2504-3900/57/1/53.