Pigment Analysis

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Client: Camille Polkownik, Hamilton Kerr Institute <cp574@cam.ac.uk>

Painting conservators at the Hamilton Kerr Institute often identify pigment substances in paint by analysing microscope images. They need a tool that enhances their expert judgment, using computer vision algorithms from the OpenCV library to automate mundane classification tasks. This interactive tool should provide a structured and flexible decision process that optimises search for the most likely substance, by allowing the conservator to quickly eliminate unlikely possibilities, and to focus on those properties that seem most ambiguous or problematic for any particular sample.