Projects in the spotlight | AI4ME – Artificial Intelligence for Museo Egizio

This post opens the ASP monthly column “Project in the spotlightthat aims to present some of the best projects recently developed by ASP students.

Each year, ASP students participate to multidisciplinary projects, focusing on real and relevant problems, proposed as a collaboration between Universities and external institutions, such as firms, governmental or research institutions.
Project teams consist of 5/6 students from different schools and are therefore intrinsically multidisciplinary. Each project team is assisted by tutors with a multifaceted background, selected among the Faculty of Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino as well as among experts of the proposing external institutions. Tutors advice students and periodically review their intermediate results.

AI4ME (Artificial Intelligence for Museum Experience) is a project based on Museo Egizio in Torino which aims at investigating how to (re)connect scattered information and convey them into an efficient communication channel focusing on visitors.

Among the results, the executive project of an app able to interact with the museum’s visitors by guiding them along the exhibition area and, at the same time, allow them to choose their personal path among the mass of available information. The app, in fact, is meant to accompany the visitors along a specific sector of the collection, that is, the rooms dedicated to the ancient Egyptian village of Deir al-Medina, inhabited by the workmen that quarried and decorated the royal tombs of the Valley of the Kings, and to the burial of the chief builder Kha and his wife Merit, the only complete funerary set to be found outside of Egypt. The app will allow visitors to design their own path across the mass of objects that are on display in these two rooms and will represent a first experiment to be later extended to other parts of the museum’s collection.