Two members of the UM team, Johann A. Briffa and Marc Tanti, have recently visited the ESRF in Grenoble, France. During the visit, Johann and Marc received training on manually segmenting high-resolution 3D X-rays of animal mummies, a laborious task to identify and mark the different parts of the mummy. In this case, the objective is to separate the bones, soft tissue, textiles, and other components. Once the various components are labelled, it becomes possible to view the separate components in 3D, allowing archaeologists to study the mummy without damaging it.
The UM contribution to this project involves the development of artificial intelligence algorithms to automate the segmentation process. This would considerably reduce the time it takes to obtain a segmented image, making it possible to analyse more specimens.