Yasser Elshayeb: Science, Technology, and Egypt's Cultural Heritage

Monday, October 1, 2018

6:30 p.m.—Pre-lecture reception ($5.00 per person)

7:00 p.m.—Lecture (free)


During the first two decades of the twenty-first century, it has become evident that Information Communication Technologies (ICT) can be successfully extended to the domains of culture and cultural heritage. Throughout the world many successes have been achieved in this arena. The examples should be highlighted and disseminated in order to expand awareness of them and create new opportunities and applications.

     In this seminar we will first show how ICT may contribute to better knowledge of various cultures and be used to disseminate and exchange information about cultural heritage sites. We will also discuss a potential strategy for the contribution of ICT in cultural heritage.

     The second part of the seminar will cover recent applications of technologies at the Giza Plateau, where scientists from Egypt, Japan, France, and Canada were able to successfully employ cosmic rays in order to scan the internal structure of the Great Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu), thus determining the existence of previously unknown voids within the pyramid. This work was the subject of a recent report published in Nature https://www.nature.com/news/cosmic-ray-particles-reveal-secret-chamber-in-egypt-s-great-pyramid-1.22939


Yasser Elshayeb is a professor in the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University, and national coordinator for the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

     Throughout his career, Elshayeb has been active in the fields of cultural heritage management and conservation, risk assessment, and project management, participating and managing several international projects in those fields. He was the manager of the Egyptian Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CULTNTA) between 2012 and 2014. The last project of his tenure there was the #ScanPyramids effort.

     Since 2006, Elshayeb has been heavily involved in setting up the Euro-Mediterranean policies and dialogues on higher education, research, innovation, and culture as a focal point of many Euro-Mediterranean programs in Egypt. He has also presided over many senior official meetings within the Euro-Mediterranean area.

     He is also the coordinator of the Erasmus+ Programme and for many years was the Egyptian national contact for European research programs. He participated in many projects of the Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7), focusing on setting priorities in the Mediterranean region, the Gulf region, and Africa.

     Elshayeb graduated from Cairo University in 1990 with a degree in engineering. He received his Ph.D. from the Nancy School of Mines in France, writing his dissertation on the Contribution of Fuzzy Logic to Geotechnical Risk Assessment of Some Ancient Tombs at the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.


505 East Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22314

(across the street from the Braddock Road station on Metro’s blue and yellow lines)

If you are interested in attending, an RSVP to this email is required: events@eecous.net  

This event is sponsored by the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the American Research Center in Egypt, and Hands Along the Nile.

Venue sponsored by Maria and Richard Calderon in association with Hands Along the Nile Development Services Inc. (HANDS)

Meet-the-Speaker and Networking Dinner—

After the lecture, join ARCE-DC members and guests for a dinner with the speaker. We will meet at Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap, just a few blocks away. If you are interested in this, you must send a separate RSVP to Carol Boyer at ccboyer@comcast.net  as soon as possible.