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TES Keynote – Youssef Nader Resurrecting Ancient Scrolls with AI

12.03.2024 | 14:00 - 14:30

Recent advances in X-ray tomography and computer vision have enabled us to virtually unwrap ancient scrolls and look inside of them. The Vesuvius Challenge is an open challenge to leverage these advances to read Herculaneum papyri that was buried under volcanic mud.In this talk, I will present my solution to using AI to read letters from within the scrolls which was awarded a first letters prize by the Vesuvius Challenge. I will talk about the data and challenges of reading carbon-based ink as well as how I was able to scale up the model and data to read more than two thousand letters from inside of the scroll and win the Grand Prize.