Information Engineering and its future
Sir Michael Brady
Presentation from BCS/IET Turing Lecture 2009
2009-01-28 12:00:00.0 IT Channel
There's lots of fascinating ideas in there, but what initially caught my attention was the story of reading the stylus tablets from Vindolanda. More information in a paper by Melissa Terras (Interpreting the image: using advanced computational techniques to read the Vindolanda texts, ASLIB PROCEEDINGS v58 n1-2 pp102-117 2006):
This paper describes the developmental stages undertaken to construct a system that can read in images of an ancient document and produce plausible interpretations of the document, to aid the historians in the lengthy process of reading an ancient text. In carrying out the development, an explicit representation of how experts approach and reason about damaged and deteriorated texts was formulated, and a large corpus of letter forms and linguistic data were captured. Preliminary results from the resulting computer system are presented which demonstrate the usefulness of the technique, although more work is needed to develop this into a stand-alone computer system.The multidisciplinary nature of the task stood out.
See also this on Michael Brady's Oxford website.