Corey Toler-Franklin: Developing digital tools to improve biological studies and museum conservation

 Top image: Toler-Franklin’s renderings are used to analyze chisel marks on The Sennedjem Lintel (Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology).

Bridging the gap between science, technology, and the arts is nothing new to CITRIS researcher Corey Toler-Franklin. She uses her expertise in computer graphics to bring together researchers in the fields of archeology, museum conservation and biological imaging.  Her research in the areas of data capture, non-photorealistic rendering, and machine learning,  have been used to archive historic artifacts, to reveal fine surface details of biological specimens, and to reconstruct ancient frescoes. Her digital acquisition and matching algorithms have been deployed at archeological sites across the globe.

Toler-Franklin, who recently won the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University. She holds a Master of Science in Computer Graphics from the Cornell Program of Computer Graphics, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell.  Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Toler-Franklin spent several years working as a Software Engineer on the 3D Graphics Team at Autodesk. She led a pilot project between Autodesk and two international architecture firms, HOK and Gensler, to encourage the adoption of new technologies in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry.

Toler-Franklin is based in the Computer Science Department of UC Davis. Currently, she is investigating new methods for processing a variety of digital data formats for applications in museum conservation and biological imaging. She is working with CITRIS@Davis Director Nina Amenta. Combining her expertise with Amenta’s in geometry processing, the two are working on projects that will have an impact in the biological sciences.

Recent research by Toler-Franklin has been featured in the CITRIS Signal: