Qatar University (QU) and Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) organized workshop on cultural heritage in the Digital Era. This workshop is part of the CEPROQHA NPRP project led by Prof. Abdelaziz Bouras from Qatar University. The project is a collaboration between Qatar University and Brunel University London, and is funded by the Qatar National Research Fund. The event was inaugurated by the Director of Museum of Islamic Art, Dr. Julia Gonella, and Dr. Munir Tag, Senior Program Manager – ICT at QNRF. The workshop was held on 7th of October in a hybrid mode, both physically at the auditorium of the Museum of Islamic Art and online.
The event consisted of two discussion panels and a demonstration session. The first panel which was moderated by Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Ali, Director of the KINDI Research Center at Qatar University, focused on the “Preservation and Exploitation of Digitized Museum Objects”. The speakers of this panel were Mr. Marc Pelletreau, Head of Digital Assets at the Museum of Islamic Art, Prof. Abdul Hamid Sadka, Director of the Institute of Digital Futures at Brunel University London, and Dr. Abdelhak Belhi, Senior Research Assistant at Qatar University.
The second panel which was moderated by Prof. Abdelaziz Bouras, CEPROQHA project leader, focused on the “Analysis, Restoration, and Collection Management of Historical Manuscripts”. Took part in this panel Prof. Somaya Al-Maadeed from Qatar University, Associate Prof. Georgios Papaioannou from UCL Qatar, and Mr. Marcin Werla, Director of Digital Content and Engagement at Qatar National Library.
The workshop highlighted the importance of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technologies to effectively preserve the cultural heritage, as a history transfer medium, and increase the engagement of people in the sector. Dr. Julia said, “At the Museum of Islamic Art, we are proud and excited to collaborate with Qatar University around a project such as CEPROQHA, with immense potential for the Museum of Islamic Art and other museums”. Dr. Tag said, “We are very pleased to share the research outcomes of QNRF-funded projects which will play an important role in preserving and advancing our cultural heritage and complement the impressive work being done by the Museum of Islamic Art and other museums in Qatar and the region”. Dr. Abdelaziz said “CEPROQHA was a very successful collaboration with the Museum of Islamic Art, our main project stakeholder. The technologies developed within the project showcased a cost-effective implementation of artificial intelligence approaches and 3D visualization frameworks adapted to the cultural sector. This would not have been possible without the great support of QNRF”.
Following the two panels, the floor was given to both audiences (physical and virtual) to ask questions to the panelists.
A demo session was held at the end of the event where some of the objects of the Museum were digitized in 3D and displayed on a real-world 3D screen allowing contact-less interaction and immersion. The CEPROQHA project team would like to thank the Museum of Islamic Art, Sarah Tose and Marc Pelletreau for their help in organizing this event.



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