It uses machine learning and computer vision to decipher Hekulaneum papyrus, an ancient scroll carbonized when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.
The challenge is to "make history" by reading the unread scrolls of Herculaneum. Vesuvius Challenge is a global competition.
The competition was initiated with the support of investors in Silicon Valley. An important benchmark for decoding the long-lost Herculaneum text from the carbonized shell won an award. By applying machine learning technology to the digital image of the scroll, the text is analyzed from the X-ray image of the scroll by using artificial intelligence.
The challenge of Mount Vesuvius has achieved some success. A 21-year-old college student won a prize of 40,000 dollars.
The University of Kentucky recruited some citizen scientists, because he was the first person to learn to read the words on the scroll by using a machine. As part of the challenge of Mount Vesuvius,
The deadline for Vesuvius challenge is 11: 29 pm (Pacific standard time) on December 31, 2023.