Multi-spectral Imaging System (IWN) for the Digitization and Investigation of Cultural Heritage

  • Ibrahim El-Rifai
  • Hend Mahgoub
  • Ari Ide-Ektessabi
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10058)


This research focuses on the digitization and investigation of cultural heritage liaised with the practical requirements of conservators and museum curators. Different types of information are extracted about the physical characteristics of the artifacts, pigments preliminary identification and pigments distribution in addition to the colorimetric information. In this regard, a multi-spectral digitization system – named as “iwn” was developed to collect the required information from the cultural heritage objects. The system is portable, customizable, easy to use, in-situ, non-invasive and relatively not expensive. This paper will describe the specifications of the system showing its functions and capabilities through few case studies.


Digitization Multi-spectral imaging Pigment identification and distribution Spectral reflectance reconstruction 



This research is partially funded and supported by Prof. Ide-Ektessabi Laboratory, Advanced Imaging Technology, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University as part of a PhD research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ibrahim El-Rifai
    • 1
  • Hend Mahgoub
    • 2
  • Ari Ide-Ektessabi
    • 1
  1. 1.Advanced Imaging Technology Lab, Graduate School of EngineeringKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Institute for Sustainable HeritageUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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