Archaeologists and epigraphists have made formidable progress over 100 years to decipher the writings of the ancient Maya culture, yet a proportion of the hieroglyphic corpus remains open for interpretation. This effort can be accelerated through the use of multimedia analysis and information management methods for organization, analysis, and visualization tasks.

MAAYA (Multimedia Analysis and Access for Documentation and Decipherment of Maya Epigraphy) integrates the work of humanities scholars and computer scientists to design computational tools that support the work of Maya scholars, advance the state of Maya epigraphy through the combination of expert knowledge and the use of these tools, and make these resources available to the scholar community at large.



Idiap Research Institute
University of Bonn
University of Geneva

Project Team

Prof. Daniel Gatica-Perez, Principal Investigator
Prof. Nikolai Grube, Co-Principal Investigator
Dr. Jean-Marc Ododez, Co-Principal Investigator
Prof. Stephane Marchand-Maillet, Co-Principal Investigator


Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
German Research Foundation (DFG)