Imaging and Sensing for Archaeology, Art History and Conservation (ISAAC) performing Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

The Imaging & Sensing for Archaeology, Art History & Conservation (ISAAC) laboratory was established at Nottingham Trent University in 2006 to develop advanced imaging and sensing instrumentation (hardware, software, data processing and analysis) for application in archaeology, art history and conservation.

Our research focuses on:

  • the development of novel non-invasive optical instruments for imaging and sensing;

  • applications of science to heritage (heritage science) including the use of our unique instruments; and

  • develop applications of our imaging instrumentation expertise to a broad range of disciplines and industries including making economic and societal impacts.

Our work on advanced optical imaging and remote sensing applied to cultural heritage in solving conservation, art history and archaeology problems for museums and cultural heritage institutes is internationally recognised as leading the field. We are unique in developing advanced non-invasive imaging systems that are not only novel in optical and remote sensing instrumentation but also novel in applications to cultural heritage. Cultural heritage presents the most complex material science problems. Consequently, the instruments we develop are in demand in a variety of industries. We have collaborated closely with nearly all major cultural heritage institutes in the UK and many institutions internationally.

We are engaged in the preparatory phase for the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS) which was put on the European Roadmap in 2016. The European-wide project will see different platforms supporting the new research infrastructure, which include mobile laboratories, fixed laboratories, digital and archival facilities.

ISAAC mobile lab provision will contribute to E-RIHS both on the European and UK front.

Related Staff

Head of the Group:     Professor Haida Liang

Research Fellows:        Dr Sammy Cheung

Dr Sotiria Kogou

Dr Alessandra Vichi

Dr Florence Liggins

Research Students:      Patrick Atkinson

Margaret Read

Yu Li

Chris Pickup

Hannah Cooper-Smithson

Alex Hogg

Luke Butler

Mixon Faluweki



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School of Science and Technology
Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus,

NG11 8NS

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