About Us
Dr. H. Arthur Bankoff (co-Project Director), Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at Brooklyn College. Dr. Bankoff has a long history of research in the archaeology of the Middle East. His role in this project is to develop the archaeological context: what can we learn about the people, their ways of life, their economies and cultural connections by understanding more about writing skills and literacy.
Website: http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/pub/Faculty_Details5.jsp?faculty=207
Dr. Alfred L. Rosenberger (co-Project Director), a Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at Brooklyn College, is a biological anthropologist who works with three-dimensional laser scanning in his research on primate evolution and paleontology. He supervises the scanning and reconstruction of cuneiform tablets, their measurement and statistical analysis.
Website: http://www.nycep.org/rosenberger/
Dr. Rudolf H. Mayr (co-Project Director), is an Assyriologist specializing in the ancient impressions of cylinder seals. He has many years of experience with clay tablets and other objects bearing cuneiform inscriptions and has a particular interest in the use of digital technology for the study and reconstruction of seals from their impressions on tablets.
Dr. William E.H. Harcourt-Smith, a biological anthropologist, is associated with the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History. He specializes in the statistical analysis of three-dimensional metrical data. Harcourt-Smith's primary responsibility for this project is to oversee the collection of measurements and their statistical analysis.
Dr. Roger L. King, William L. Giles Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Advanced Vehicular Studies at Mississippi State University, is an electrical engineer with a research interest in signal processing. His expertise involves the application of intelligent systems to research problems that generate large amounts of complex data. King will develop pattern recognition algorithms for the cuneiform script.
Website: http://www.ece.msstate.edu/people/profile.php?rking
Mr. Robert K. O'Neill, Research Associate at the Digital Arts Lab ay Pratt Institute, New York, is a scientific visualization specialist with a background in anthropology, database and network management, and computer graphics film animation. His role in this project focuses on public dissemination and user-access via the internet.
Website: http://www.morphometric.com
Leila Wylie Wagner is a senior Anthropology major at Brooklyn College Her role in the project includes analyzing and landmarking 3D models of cuneiform tablets. She plans to continue her education in the field of human paleontology.
  Navila Nahid graduated from Brooklyn College in 2007 with majors in Anthropology and Biology. She is currently assisting on the cuneiform project. Navila operates the laser scanner to capture the shapes of cuneiform tablets and seals. She also develops the 3D models from the data using GeoMagic Software, which are then used as virtual artifacts during the Landmark measuring phase.
Adam Green (Graduate Student, Anthropological Archaeology, New York University) is interested in applying three-dimensional scanning to the study of production techniques and style in the archaeological record.