Arie Shaus

PhD in Applied Mathematics and Archaeology
Tel Aviv University
Dissertation Topic: Analyzing First Temple Period Inscriptions.

Arie is finalizing his studies for an interdisciplinary PhD at Tel Aviv University. In his research he combines Computer Sciences and Applied Mathematics with Archaeology. By analyzing Hebrew inscriptions from the First Temple Period via clustering and handwriting recognition algorithms, Arie aims to introduce modern computational techniques into the domain of Biblical Archaeology and Epigraphy.
This innovative combination of tools from the field of Artificial Intelligence with the study of Epigraphy is the first of its kind.

A Personal Perspective:
"I have been exceptionally fortunate to belong to a wonderful group of the nicest and the brightest scientists, architects and educators. I'm forever grateful for the Foundation's generous help, and for its continuing support and encouragement.". 


• Shira Faigenbaum, Barak Sober, Arie Shaus et al, "Multispectral Images of Ostraca: Acquisition and Analysis," accepted for Journal of Archaeological Science, 2012.

• Oded Lipschits, Ido Koch, Arie Shaus, Shlomo Guil, “The Enigma of the Biblical Bath and the System of Liquid Volume Measurement during the First Temple Period,” Ugarit-Forschungen 42 (2010-11): 453-478

Arie Shaus, Israel Finkelstein, Eli Piasetzky. “Bypassing the Eye of the Beholder: Automated Ostraca Facsimile Evaluation,” Maarav,17.1 (2010):         7-20

• Israel Finkelstein, Shirly Ben Dor Evian, Elisabetta Boaretto, Dan Cabanes, Maria-Teresa Cabanes, Adi Eliyahu-Behar, Shira Faigenbaum, Yuval Gadot, Dafna Langgut, Mario Martin, Meirav Meiri, Dvora Namdar, Lidar Sapir-Hen, Ruth Shahack-Gross, Arie Shaus, Barak Sober, Michael Toffolo, Naama Yahalom-Mack, Lina Zapassky and Steve Weiner . “Reconstructing Ancient Israel: Integrating Macro- and Micro-archaeology,” Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel 1 (2012): 133–150: 141.

Articles in Conferences' Proceedings:

Arie Shaus, Eli Turkel, Eli Piasetzky. Quality Evaluation of Facsimiles of Hebrew First Temple Period Inscriptions. Proceedings of the 10th IAPR International Workshop on Document Analysis Systems, 2012. Gold Coast, Australia (DAS 2012), pp. 170 – 174

Arie Shaus, Eli Turkel, Eli Piasetzky. Binarization of First Temple Period Inscriptions - Performance of Existing Algorithms and a New Registration Based Scheme.  accepted for 13th International Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition, Bari, Italy (ICFHR2012), 2012.