Prof. Dr. Silvia Polla

Associated Member

Prof. Dr. Silvia Polla has been an Associate Member of the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF) since 2020. The Professor of Archaeoinformatics at the FU Berlin graduated in 2006 from the University of Siena (Italy) in the context of the Graduate School "The cultures of the Roman Provinces. Euro-mediterranean Interactions" in the subject Classical Archaeology. Already during her studies she has been trained and further educated in the field of scientific and computer-based methods, i.e. archaeometry and archaeoinformatics. In 2005-2006 she was employed at the University of Trento (Italy) as a technical and scientific assistant. After two years in Switzerland, where she worked as a research assistant at the "Karman Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities" of the University of Bern in an interdisciplinary project 2006- 2008, she received a Junior-Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Excellence Cluster 264 TOPOI at the Free University of Berlin. Since 2009 Silvia Polla is junior professor for archaeoinformatics at the Institute of Classical Archaeology at the Free University of Berlin.

Her research focuses on archaeoinformatics and archaeometry, i.e. in particular spatial analysis and modelling of ancient landscapes using GIS and remote sensing methods on the one hand, and scientific or bio-archaeological methods on the other. "Furthermore, I am interested in the potential of linking heterogeneous data from historical documentary sources, archaeological material culture and scientific data within a digital humanities approach", she says.

At the ECDF she would like to contribute to the development of a level of translation of (humanities and antiquity) scientific questions, for example through joint application-oriented labs, and on the other hand to further reflection on digitality in research and teaching. "I am particularly interested in the possibility of further developing cooperative projects in the field of data science and big data in archaeology", says Silvia Polla.

In the area of inter- and transdisciplinary research at the ECDF,  she sees great potential in the exchange and the possibility of establishing cooperation. "Within the framework of an inter- and trans-disciplinary approach, whereby archaeology as "past knowledge" is an important source of information for the present and the future - not least thanks to the possibilities of digitisation and the evaluation and interoperability of digital heterogeneous data", she says.