A Portrait of the Media Technician and Digital Cultural Heritage Expert
To me, curiosity means…
… the central drive in many areas of life. Even as a child, I was curious about what lies beneath the surface of things. As I grew up during a time which was characterised by much more materiality and analogue elements in technology, I quickly turned into a gifted dismantler of all kinds of devices. Unfortunately, my operations were not always reversible. As a result – and driven by curiosity – I refrained from merely taking things apart and started to learn more about engineering and computer science.
I do research because…
… it gives me the chance to satisfy my curiosity in a professional context and allows me to apply my technical know-how and creativity in exciting, often interdisciplinary projects. In the best-case scenario, I manage to grow as a person in the process and leave behind results for other researchers to build on.
In the next 20 years, our society will be characterised by…
… further exploring and hopefully finding ways to distribute global resources as equitably as possible. In this process – as a contribution, not a panacea – the acquisition, processing, displaying and thus interpretability of data will play an increasingly important role in decision-making.
Markus Seidl is Head of the Institute of Creative\Media/Technology and of the Research Group Media Computing at the St. Pölten UAS. He is an expert in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition and has profound experience in the scientific collaboration with other disciplines in projects regarding Digital Cultural Heritage. One of his projects was awarded the Europa Nostra Award for Cultural Heritage 2016.
In addition, Seidl researches digital artefacts that enrich the museum experience. His group has developed a number of multi-touch tabletop applications for museums which have already been exhibited at the Admont Abbey, in the ceremonial room of the Austrian National Library, at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan and at the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. The applications are currently installed in the annual exhibition of Klosterneuburg Monastery.