Autonomous Robots, Aerial Imagery, and Archaeology

Science on Tap
Monday, November 14, 2022
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. EST (UTC -5)


robot or drone in a desert

Courtesy of Chad Hill

Archaeologists have long understood the value of an aerial view for understanding past landscapes. For over 100 years we have been sending cameras aloft, in a variety of ways, to record the ground and help us understand how people in the past utilized the world around them. The last decade has seen an extraordinary change in technology as drones, LiDAR, and high-resolution satellite imagery have made it easier to access a variety of kinds and qualities of aerial data. This wave of technological innovation allows us to answer increasingly more complicated research questions remotely. In this talk Chad Hill will discuss his work with drones, remote sensing, and a variety of sensor technologies with examples from projects in Jordan, Israel, and the United States.

This is a FREE event, but pre-registration is required.


Chad Hill headshot

Chad Hill.

About the Speaker

Austin “Chad” Hill is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the later prehistory of the Near East, remote sensing, and ancient land use. Dr. Hill co-directs the “Kites in Context” Project, focused on understanding ancient animal traps in eastern Jordan. As part of the Penn Paleoecology Lab, he works on the Landcover 6k project, using archaeological, historical, and paleoenvironmental data to improve modern climate models.

About the Series

Science on Tap is a monthly virtual speaker series that features brief, informal presentations by Philadelphia-based scientists and other experts followed by lively conversation and a Q&A. The goal is to promote enthusiasm for science in a fun, spirited, and accessible way, while also meeting new people. Come join the conversation!