Seminar: Application of technology in preservation of inscription stones


The Department of Electrical Engineering and
The IEEE Signal Processing Society Bangalore Chapter

invite you to a talk on

“Importance of Inscription Stones and the application of technology in their preservation”

Vinay Kumar and Udaya Kumar PL

Date and time: October 12, 2018; 4:00 PM (teach/coffee at 3:45pm)

Venue: Multimedia Classroom, Department of Electrical Engineering, IISc.

Inscriptions stones (shila shaasanas) in the Bengaluru region are original
documentation of the region’s people, culture, religion and language dating
back to as early as 750CE. These stones give us a picture of the social fabric
of the past including linguistic plurality amidst people, construction of lakes,
tax practices, donations, grants, governance and suchlike. Rampant
urbanization in Bengaluru has led to destruction of a majority of the 150
stones in the old ‘Bangalore’ region documented by B.L. Rice and others from
1894 to 1905 in the remarkable twelve-volume series Epigraphia Carnatica.
#InscriptionStonesOfBangalore is a civic activism project to raise awareness
and protect ancient inscription stones found in the Bengaluru region. The
project has been using technology (social media, mapping, 3D scanning, 3D
printing, OCR) to protect preserve & restore the dignity of the last few
remaining ‘Inscription Stones Of Bangalore’.
Twitter: @inscriptionblr

Biography of the speaker:
Vinay’s interests range from Mars to Mohenjodaro. He has a master’s degree
in Aerospace Engineering from University of Texas at Arlington. He is a
patent engineer who was previously with the medical device research team at
Novo Nordisk. He is also a recipient of the Govt. of India – Department of
Biotechnology Foldscope research grant, to explore possibilities of using
Foldscope as a research tool. He currently runs Sqvare Peg Labs, a non-profit
with a mission to advance public understanding of science & technology.
Udaya is a passionate Bangalorean and an accidental historianconservationist.
He has a master’s degree in Engineering Mechanics from IIT Madras and has
earlier worked in various capacities for the Tatas and General Electric.
He currently heads the Software Delivery Centre, India at Schneider
Electric, delivering industrial automation solutions to clients worldwide.

IEEE Signal Processing Society
Bangalore chapter

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