Heidelberg University

FCGL - Forensic Computational Geometry Laboratory

Coordinator: Dr. Hubert Mara    

The FCGL is a Junior Research Group (JRG) established within the Zukunftskonzept (institutional strategy) of the 2nd German University Excellency Initiative. This concept has the general goal to improve the understanding of complex material, cultural and social topics. The FCGL matches this vision and bridges the well-established fields of the Computational Sciences and the Forensic Sciences by collaborative development of new methods to answer questions arising from Humanities and Life Sciences.

As the forensic science is the scientific method of gathering and examining information about the past, several research fields such as archaeology, assyriology, geology, palaeography and many more share this aim and the methods of the evident task of law enforcement. The remainders of the past are often fragmented objects with three-dimensional hints about their meaning. These hints are represented as geometric features, which range from tool marks, weathering traces, fingerprints to imprinted characters. Even within the landscape evidence of long past human activity can be found as very unobtrusive changes to the natural topology of terrain. Furthermore additional dimensions representing e.g. color or reflectivity have to be included to fully understand the meaning of an object, which are increasingly digitized for virtual autopsy. Methods from Computer Vision and Computational Geometry can assist virtual autopsy by providing additional means of visualizations and allows for objective quantification and extraction of meaningful features.


The GigaMesh software framework and its modular processing pipeline for irregular measurement data as provided by high-resolution 3D-scanners is one of the core tools of the FCGL. As it is based on Open Source technologies it can be swiftly integrated into e.g. archaeological workflows or the preparation of OCR ready vector drawings of inscriptions for further use in the Digital Humanities.


Open Position:

Doctoral Scholarship
"Feature Extraction from High Resolution Spatial Data Sets"
in the domain of forensic sciences related to archaeology, palaeography and geography
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Dr. Dipl.-Ing. Hubert Mara
Computer Science
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Last Update: 26.02.2014
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