University of Alcalá creates a semi-automatic reading system for Egyptian hieroglyphs
The OCR-PT-CT, funded by the University of Alcalá, is a cutting-edge project in the field of technology and digital humanities, aimed at the semi-automatic transcription of original hieroglyphic texts. This means two things: firstly, the machine will come up with readings of hieroglyphic texts using image recognition and neural networks; secondly, Egyptologists will refine these readings by the machine by checking and correcting the robot readings.
This project is a proof-of-concept project that combines both the Egyptologist’s annotations and automatic image-based recognition procedures to improve the readings. And an international collaboration opportunity has been secured with the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago and Professor James P. Allen at Brown University (Providence), who have provided the materials needed to carry out the project.
The OCR-PT-CT project will in the future not only contribute to the work of Egyptologists in analysing the grammar, lexicon and linguistics of hieroglyphics but also in making the written heritage of Egyptian civilisation accessible to a wider audience through the dissemination of this culture.