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Friday, May 30 • 4:40pm - 5:00pm
(Exploring Sustainable Preservation Environments Session) A Technology Platform for Managing Micro-Climatic Conditions in a Museum Environment

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Wireless sensing technology has made real-time monitoring and management of a museum environment through assessment of the impact of humidity and temperature fluctuations, air pollution, and visitorship on art objects much more feasible. Combining real time analytics tools with high spatial and temporal density sensing, such a wireless platform can provide information over an extended period of time of the environmental fluctuations in the museum galleries. The results can be used to develop predictive models for optimal art preservation in response to the micro climatic conditions and may also useful to identify the most suitable locations for the display of sensitive art objects. The platform supports physical and statistical models to quantify and to correlate the short and long term responses of objects to environmental fluctuations. A description is provided of the sensing and modeling capabilities of IBM’s Low Power Mote platform, a system successfully installed at “The Cloisters”, New York’s medieval branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. For the last two years, more than 2 million measurements across 5 galleries have been made monitoring changes in air quality, temperature, relative humidity, and visitor flow. Analytical models combined with real time data from sensors placed around art objects enables quantified three dimensional representations of gallery environmental conditions. In particular, an air quality analysis, derived from corrosion rates measured by a sensor array and correlated with outdoor conditions and concentrations of gaseous pollutants (SO2, ozone), will be presented, and a connection with the distinct geographical and operational conditions at The Cloisters will be proposed. In addition, the impact on temperature and humidity fluctuations due to visitorship in a selected gallery will be discussed.

Session Moderator(s)
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Michael C. Henry

Architect/Engineer, Watson & Henry Associates
Michael C. Henry, PE, AIA, is Principal Engineer/Architect with Watson & Henry Associates. He consults on sustainable environmental management and building envelope performance for preventive conservation of museum collections. He consults throughout the United States and in Cuba... Read More →

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Alejandro Schrott

Research Staff Member, IBM Research
PhD in Physics, Researcher at IBM for 28 years.


Andrew Winslow

Senior Departmental Technician, Metrpolitan Museum of Art

Hendrik F. Hamann

IBM Research, Thomas J. Watson Center

Levente Klein

IBM Research, Thomas J. Watson Center

Lucretia Kargere

Conservator for The Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sculpture conservator

Marc A. Robbins

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Stanford University

Marco Leona

David H. Koch Scientist in Charge in the Department of Scientific Research, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Masahiko Tsukada

The National Museum of Western Art

Paolo Dionisi Vici

Associate Research Scientist, Metrpolitan Museum of Art
Paolo Dionisi-Vici is an Associate Research Scientist at the Department of Scientific Research of the MMA since 2009. He holds a PhD in Wood Science and his past activities deal with the monitoring of important wooden objects in Europe. He is mostly interested in designing self-powered... Read More →

Sergio A Bermudez-Rodriguez

IBM Research, Thomas J. Watson Center

Friday May 30, 2014 4:40pm - 5:00pm PDT