Events 2019

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. This is the follow-up project of ROBG-9 ARCHIVE. Best of luck to everyone involved in this wonderful undertaking! (Click here for pictures) 

Spring is here, so we have decided to spin again the propellers! During last week, we have tested all of the unmanned aerial vehicles of the Department of Telecommunications of the University of Ruse. On the pictures, you can see some moments from the tests and a small part of our equipment - the RTK ground station and the Cendance Remote controller for the DJI M210RTK unmanned aerial system, which was purchased under the SFEDA project. The rest of the pictures present the preparation and the flights with the DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone, which was equipped with NIR camera for precision agriculture purposes, and the DJI Phantom 4 Pro v.2 drone, which was equipped with 4К camera for shooting of orthophoto images. We also tested our two DJI S1000 platforms with A2 and A3 controllers and the DJI Inspire 1 drone, which was purchased under the ROBG-9 ARCHIVE project. (Click here for pictures) 

Project ROBG-9 ARCHIVE concluded more than 18 months ago, but its legacy lives on! As part of the project long-term sustainability actions, today we had the opportunity to digitalize some rescue excavations works, which were conducted more than 120 km away from Ruse! We met our good old friend Деян Драгоев (Dean Dragoev) from the Ruse Regional Museum of History (Регионален исторически музей - Русе / Rousse Regional Museum of History) and some of his colleagues! We managed to make some very nice orthophoto images of their excavation site, as well as many videos and photos. The 3D model of the excavation site is already being processed by our servers and will be available shortly! We also used this opportunity to test out some of our new specialized drones, which were purchased under the SFEDA Balkan-Mediterranean project! The good thing is that everything worked better than expected and now the drones have their first real world field test completed! Project ROBG-9 ARCHIVE was implemented under the Interreg V-A Romania-Bulgaria programme and was co-funded by the European Union and the Governments of Romania and Bulgaria! Project 2263 SFEDA is co-financed by the European Union under the Transnational Cooperation Programme Interreg V-B "Balkan-Mediterranean 2014-2020 and the National Funds of the participating countries. (Click here for pictures) 

Another great recognition for Project ROBG-9 ARCHIVE! A brief article about the project was published in English and in Romanian on the webpage of the European Commission. We are always happy when our work gets recognized and acknowledged! Project ROBG-9 ARCHIVE was jointly implemented by the University of Ruse "Angel Kanchev" (Русенски университет "Ангел Кънчев"), the Ruse Regional Museum of History (Регионален исторически музей - Русе / Rousse Regional Museum of History) and the Museum of National History and Archaeology in Constanta (Muzeul de Istorie Națională și Arheologie Constanța).More information (EN): https://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/projects/bulgaria/ruinele-unor-stravechi-asezari-romane-creeaza-coeziune-culturala-intre-romania-si-bulgaria?fbclid=IwAR0hMAssbM06kx-jnc_mewNaGK5smwqriBwoeG0G9F-V9fngopWtVBSQ5SM More information (RO): https://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/ro/projects/bulgaria/ruinele-unor-stravechi-asezari-romane-creeaza-coeziune-culturala-intre-romania-si-bulgaria?fbclid=IwAR2sn65m8XMfUGD9nZQpd7CjvdeyOsosPv3ctXIsms6hcPqAQ7KmEIgX5Xc Project ROBG-9 ARCHIVE (https://www.archiverobg.eu/en/index) was implemented under the Interreg V-A Romania-Bulgaria programme (Romania Bulgaria CBC Programme) and was co-funded by the European Union and the Governments of Romania and Bulgaria! 

On the 5th of August 2019, we were invited to digitalize another great archaeological site with rescue excavations works! This time the location was near the village of Ivancha (80 km away from Ruse). We managed to make some very nice orthophoto images of the excavation site and we are sharing with you some photos of the work process. The 3D model of the excavation site is being processed and will be ready soon! Project ROBG-9 ARCHIVE (https://www.archiverobg.eu/en/index) was jointly implemented by the University of Ruse "Angel Kanchev" (Русенски университет "Ангел Кънчев"), the Ruse Regional Museum of History (Регионален исторически музей - Русе / Rousse Regional Museum of History) and the Museum of National History and Archaeology in Constanta (Muzeul de Istorie Națională și Arheologie Constanța) under the INTERREG V-A Romania-Bulgaria programme (Romania Bulgaria CBC Programme). The project was co-funded by the European Union and the Governments of Romania and Bulgaria!(Click here for pictures) 

On the 6th of August 2019, we were invited to digitalize the results of the excavation works on Church №16 in the Medieval town of Cherven (Средновековен град Червен / Medieval town of Cherven)! This is the third year in a row, in which we have the opportunity to work with our friends from the Регионален исторически музей - Русе / Rousse Regional Museum of History. We express our gratitude to the archaeologists Светлана Великова and Искрен Великов for the invitation and for the long-term trust in us! On the site, we have managed to make several orthophoto images of the excavation works and many aerial photos. We are also processing the 3D model of this year's excavations and the results are looking great! You can check the progress of the excavations using the 3D models from 2017 (https://sketchfab.com/goshes/models) and 2018 (https://sketchfab.com/goshes/models). You can also check the 3D models of the battle tower (https://sketchfab.com/goshes/models), which were made as part of Project ROBG-9 ARCHIVE. All 3D models, which were made under the project, are available here - https://sketchfab.com/goshes/models. Project ROBG-9 ARCHIVE (https://www.archiverobg.eu/en/index) was jointly implemented by the University of Ruse "Angel Kanchev" (Русенски университет "Ангел Кънчев"), the Ruse Regional Museum of History (Регионален исторически музей - Русе / Rousse Regional Museum of History) and the Museum of National History and Archaeology in Constanta (Muzeul de Istorie Națională și Arheologie Constanța) under the INTERREG V-A Romania-Bulgaria programme (Romania Bulgaria CBC Programme). The project was co-funded by the European Union and the Governments of Romania and Bulgaria!(Click here for pictures) 

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-9 ARCHIVE, which was co-funded by the INTERREG V-A Romania-Bulgaria programme. The guests from SPU also received as a gift two copies of the interactive books, which were created during the project. (Click here for pictures) 

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. (Click here for pictures)

 On September 18, 2019, at the invitation of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Deyan Rabovyanov from the National Archaeological Institute with Museum (NAIM) at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, we visited the Buzovo Kale Fortress near Buzovgrad, Kazanlak Municipality. We are delighted to be invited for the third consecutive year to document and digitize the progress of the archaeological excavations at this site. Within a few hours, we did a series of unmanned aerial vehicle flights and made an orthophoto capture of the recently completed fortification activities. In addition, we also made flights to create a 3D model of the site, as well as to capture artistic images from the air. Archeologist Christian Zhelyazkov, Deputy Head of Excavations, was our companion in this endeavor, with which we also discussed the possibilities for our future collaboration, as well as the possibilities for applying our experience in creating VR and AR products for the visualization and preservation of cultural and historical inheritance. (Click here for pictures) 

At the invitation of Assistant Professor Stiliyan Ivanov from the National Archaeological Institute with Museum (NAIM) at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, on September 21, 2019 we visited the Thracian, Late Antique and Medieval fortress in the village of Debnevo, Troyan municipality. Our good friend, archaeologist Deyan Dragoev from the Rousse Regional Museum of History, who is the deputy head of the excavations, was waiting for us at the fortress itself. Within a few hours, we carried out a series of flying over partially exposed fortress walls and over parts of buildings inside the fortress. In addition, we have made a series of recordings to create digital 3D models of the studies done. In the next few days, all photos and video files will be processed and orthophoto images, 3D models, art photos and video files will be produced for this fortress. (Click here for pictures) 

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, which were made during the implementation of the ROBG-9 ARCHIVE project. In the main lobby of the University of Ruse, we have presented both interactive books, as well as some of the 3D printed models. (Click here for pictures) 

The annual edition of the European Researchers’ Night was widely celebrated in Bulgaria. 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 our results from Project ROBG-9 ARCHIVE. Our methods for digitalization of archaeological locations were widely discussed with representatives from the host university and from the University of mining and geology "St. Ivan Rilski". We have also presented some of the 3D printed models of the Roman artefacts from the CBC region, as well as both interactive books, which were created in the last months of the project implementation. (Click here for pictures) 

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-9 ARCHIVE are the University of Ruse "Angel Kanchev" Русенски университет "Ангел Кънчев", Регионален исторически музей - Русе / Rousse Regional Museum of History and the Muzeul de Istorie Națională și Arheologie Constanța. (Click here for pictures)