The subsidy contract for the funding of the activities under project ROBG-499 “Live, interactive and virtual environments for the museums of the lower Danube cross-border area between Romania and Bulgaria” (LIVE) was signed on the 7th December 2018 in Caneff Centre in Ruse. The project is co-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund under the INTERREG V-A Romania-Bulgaria Programme (Romania Bulgaria CBC Programme). The duration of the project is 18 months and all activities will be conducted in the period between the 8th of December 2018 and the 7th of June 2020. Lead beneficiary of the project is the University of Ruse “Angel Kanchev”. The consortium also includes the Regional Museum of History – Rousse, the Regional Museum of History – Silistra, the Museum of Lower Danube – Calarasi and the Iron Gate Region Museum. The total budget of the project is 479,655.05 Euro, out of which 407,706.78 Euro are provided by the ERDF.
On the 15th January 2019 at 13:00 in Conference Room 1 of Kaneff Centre – Канев Център we held the opening press-conference for project ROBG-499 LIVE. The event was opened by Cor. Mem. Prof. DSc. Hristo Beloev, Rector of the University of Ruse “Angel Kanchev” and legal representative of the Lead Beneficiary in the project. The press-conference was attended by representatives of all project beneficiaries – Регионален исторически музей – Русе / Rousse Regional Museum of History, Регионален исторически музей – Силистра, Muzeul Dunarii de Jos Calarasi and the Muzeul Regiunii Porţilor de Fier. The event goal was to present the project consortium, the planned activities and the expected results. Following the event, the representatives of the beneficiaries were interviewed by local and national media. Project ROBG-499 “Live, interactive and virtual environments for the museums of the lower Danube cross-border area between Romania and Bulgaria” (LIVE) is co-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund under the INTERREG V-A Romania-Bulgaria Programme.
The first Project Management Team Meeting for Project ROBG-499 LIVE was conducted on the 15th and 16th January 2019, following the Kick-off press-conference in Ruse. During the meeting we introduced ourselves to each-other and we became closer than before. All activities and sub-activities of the project were discussed and explained in details. The Project steering committee board was elected and the management team was defined. We are going full throttle into the project and hopefully soon we will present the first outcomes and results. The upcoming actions and activities are so many, but together we will complete them all!
Following the conclusion of the Project Management Team Meeting for project ROBG-499 LIVE, on the 16th January 2019 all project teams were invited and visited the Ruse Regional History Museum and the Sexaginta Prista Fortress. Interesting findings form the permanent and temporary exhibits were presented by Prof. Nikolay Nenov at both locations. At Sexaginta Prista we presented to all partners the results from the implementation of project ROBG-9 ARCHIVE (Archiverobg).
We have the pleasure to invite you to the Kick-off press-conference of Project ROBG-499 LIVE in Romania. The event will take place on the 31th January 2019 at 11:00 in the conference room of the multifunctional pavilion centre of the Muzeul Regiunii Porţilor de Fier (Iron Gates Region Museum) – Partner 5 in Project RO-BG-499 LIVE.
Between the 4th and the 6th of September 2019, the University of Ruse “Angel Kanchev”, Lead Beneficiary in Project ROBG-499 LIVE, was host of the 29th Annual Conference of the European Association for Education in Electrical and Information Engineering. The team of Project ROBG-499 LIVE was strongly involved in the organization of the conference – besides some reviews of papers submitted to the conference, the project implementation team also organized a special session entitled “Additive and 3D technologies in the education and science”. A general presentation about the project was made during the round table for dissemination of European projects and following the huge interest in the project activities, several international professors and academic staff members visited the laboratories of the Department of Telecommunications, where the project activities are carried out. The EAEEIE’19 Conference involved the presentation of more than 60 papers from more than 200 authors from 19 countries, including France, UK, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Norway, Iceland, Finland, Portugal, Slovenia, Croatia, Latvia, Romania, Israel, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Greece and Bulgaria. More information about the conference is available here: https://eaeeie2019.academy-bg.eu
On the 12th September 2019, a delegation from the Shanghai Polytechnic University (SPU) paid a one-day visit to the University of Ruse. The delegation included the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering – Prof. Cao Jianqing, the Head of the Department of Computer Engineering – Prof. Chen Lin, the Head of the Department of Electronics – Prof. Song Shaojing and the lecturer of the Department of Electronics – Prof. Hu Jinyan. Following an invitation by the Dean of the Faculty of Electrical engineering, electronics and automation, representatives from the Telecommunications department of the University of Ruse presented, in front of the distinguished guests and in front of other colleagues from the University of Ruse, the most important scientific and educational activities of the department in the last few years. One of the presented projects was project ROBG-499 LIVE, which is co-funded by the INTERREG V-A Romania-Bulgaria programme. The guests from SPU were very interested in the presented methods for digitalization and visualization of the cultural heritage.
Following an invitation by Prof. Nikolay Nenov and our friends from the Регионален исторически музей – Русе / Rousse Regional Museum of History (Project Partner 2 in Project ROBG-499 LIVE), on the 14th of September 2019, we have participated in the annual Roman Market at the Sexaginta Prista Roman Fortress (Римска Крепост Sexaginta Prista) in Ruse. At the event, we have presented to the numerous visitors our activities and some of the project results. We have also taken the opportunity to remind the visitors about the exhibitions of 3D printed artefacts from the Romania-Bulgaria cross-border region, which we have created under the ROBG-9 ARCHIVE Project (Archiverobg). One of these exhibition is available to all visitors of the Sexaginta Prista Roman fortress in Ruse, while the other is available in the Muzeul de Istorie Națională și Arheologie Constanța (Project Partner 3 in Project ROBG-9 ARCHIVE). Besides the 3D printed models of the ancient Roman artefacts and sculptures, at the Roman market we have presented two new Augmented Reality (AR) products – a Roman soldier and a Mammoth. Both of these products will be provided as gifts and future attractions to the Ruse Regional Museum of History and to the Eco-Museum in Ruse. All visitors of the Roman Market also had the opportunity to take a virtual walk in the Medieval town of Cherven (Средновековен град Червен / Medieval town of Cherven) and to explore the unique Cherven battle tower using our Virtual Reality (VR) products and models.
The annual edition of the European Researchers’ Night was held in more than 300 locations in Europe and the world on the 27th of September 2019. In Bulgaria the event was hosted in more than 20 locations, including Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Burgas, Stara Zagora, Ruse, Pleven, etc. The University of Ruse was also host of some of the planned events and we have taken this opportunity to present some of the results of Project ROBG-499 LIVE. In the main lobby of the University of Ruse, we have demonstrated the augmented reality models and the virtual reality solutions, which will be integrated as visitors’ products in the 4 museums that are partners in the project.
The annual edition of the European Researchers’ Night was widely celebrated in Bulgaria on the 27th of September 2019. Following an invitation by our colleagues from Project UNITe, we have visited the University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski” and in the main lobby of Bulgaria’s largest university we have presented some of the preliminary results and products from Project ROBG-499 LIVE. Many of the visitors of the event had the opportunity to explore the virtual reality model of Trajan’s bridge and the model of the battle tower of the Cherven fortress. We have also talked about digitalization, 3D scanning, development of content for hologram projects and 3D mapping.
Between the 7th and the 10th of October 2019, Brussels, Belgium, was host of the annual edition of one of the largest international forums in the old continent – The European Week of Regions and Cities (https://europa.eu/regions-and-cities). The event was focused on the transnational cooperation and on the development of the regions and was organized by the European Commission. It was our pleasure and privilege to be part of this event for a second year in a row. Unlike our participation in 2018, when we have participated in the “Project Slam” (https://www.facebook.com/archiverobg/posts/2172269346370267) hosted by DG Regio, in the present event we have participated in a seminar on the topic „Europe closer to the citizens“, which was organized by the Managing Authority of the Interreg V-A Romania-Bulgaria programme. In front of representatives from many transnational cooperation programmes, experts, representatives from academic institutions and from different business institutions, in just 15 minutes, we have presented the results from the implementation of Project ROBG-9 ARCHIVE (Archiverobg), as well as the planned activities and the expected results from the implementation of Project ROBG-499 LIVE (Liverobg). There were many comments and questions following our presentation, but the evaluation of the audience is the most important for us and this evaluation can be summarized by the comments of the representatives of the Interreg V-A – Czech Republic-Poland Programme, which was “WOW, Your presentation was simply WOW”! The ROBG-9 ARCHIVE and ROBG-499 LIVE projects are financed under the INTERREG V-A Romania-Bulgaria (Romania Bulgaria CBC Programme) by the European Union and by the governments of Romania and Bulgaria. Partners in the consortium for Project ROBG-499 LIVE are Русенски университет “Ангел Кънчев”, Регионален исторически музей – Русе / Rousse Regional Museum of History, Регионален исторически музей – Силистра, Muzeul Dunarii de Jos Calarasi and Muzeul Regiunii Porţilor de Fier.
On the 21st and 22nd November 2019 we held the First Project Training event. Our hosts were the the representatives of the Regional Museum of History – Silistra (Регионален исторически музей – Силистра), Partner 3 in Project ROBG-499 LIVE. During both days we had a detailed presentation and theoretical training on the modern methods for 3D modelling, 3D scanning and photogrammetry. Part of the training were also the technologies for visualisation of the digital content – the development of information systems, Virtual Reality (VR) applications and Augmented Reality (AR) solutions. The practical training was conducted by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Georgi Hristov and Assist. Prof. Dr. Diyana Kinaneva and included the scanning of small, medium and large sized objects and artefacts from the treasury of the museum. For the digitalization we used our Artec Space Spider and Artec Leo 3D scanners by Artec 3D. The training was also combined with a Project Management Team Meeting, during which we discussed the progress in the implementation of the project activities. Project ROBG-499 LIVE is financed from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Union under the INTERREG V-A Romania-Bulgaria Programme (Romania Bulgaria CBC Programme).
On the 15th November 2019, part of the project implementation team was invited in the Kazanlak municipality building to perform a presentation and demonstration event with the focus on 3D digitalization, visualisation and reproduction of historical artefacts. The event aim was to present to the representatives of the Municipality and the Kazanlak Museum the capabilities of the ROBG-9 ARCHIVE project team and to discuss any potential future cooperation activities. After a detailed presentation on the modern methods for digitalization of artefacts, the team also presented to the audience the modern 3D scanning equipment, which is in possession of the University of Ruse, as well as some of the drones, which were used in the digitalization process. This meeting is directly connected and was organized after the successful digitalization event at the Buzovo Kale Fortress near Buzovgrad in the Municipality of Kazanlak on the 18th September 2019. Many of the results from Project ROBG-9 ARCHIVE were given as success stories and as demonstration of the capabilities of the modern 3D technologies.
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