The Intersection of Next Generation Technology and Resource Preservation - A Collaborative Research Session

Wawona Room (SSM 117), 3:30pm-6:30pm - Oct 8th 2015

Open to all Graduate Students - Free Pizza

The conservation and preservation of natural and cultural resources faces increasing challenges due to climate change, armed conflicts, narrow budgets, and limited involvement of local communities. In this first of two collaborative research sessions, the group will introduce the use of next generation technology such as high-fidelity digital reconstructions, virtual reality visualizations, and unmanned aerial vehicles, to enhance natural and cultural heritage preservation.  UC Merced researchers will share their domain knowledge and explore the future possibilities of collaborative projects.

Schedule of Events

3:30 pm

Introduction to the NCRPIRG

4:00 pm

Lightning Talks – Special Topics in:

  • Unmanned Aerial Systems – Brendan Smith, ME
  • Digital Archaeology – Marieka Arksey, WC
  • Environmental Preservation – Yanjun Su, EE
  • Data Visualization – Brandon Stark, EECS

5:00 pm

Case Study: Bodie State Historic Park

5:30 pm

Open Panel Discussion – The future of culturally aware technology


About The Natural and Cultural Resources Preservation Interdisciplinary Group:

The Natural and Cultural Resources Preservation Interdisciplinary Research Group (NCRPIRG) at UC Merced aims to bring together faculty, graduate researchers, scholars, and community partners across a wide range of expertise in the humanities, social sciences, engineering, and environmental sciences. The goal is to create a focus group based around the synergy of utilizing the latest technological developments to enhance natural and cultural heritage preservation, management, and interpretation in a cost-effective, socially responsible, and inclusive way.


Sponsored by UC Merced Graduate Division