With the latest techniques in the field of computer vision, machine learning, image processing, materials science and visualization theory Erdmann works to preserve, understand and make accessible visual artistic heritage. As a member of the Bosch Research and Conservation Project, he contributes to the development of a new generation of computing and visualization techniques that has been applied to the entire body of work of Hieronymus Bosch.
In 2006, before obtaining his Ph.D. at the University of Arizona, Robert Erdmann started a software engineering company. He worked intensively on computational materials science while he was working at Sandia National Laboratories. Later he joined as a lecturer on the faculty of the University of Arizona, at the Program in Applied Mathematics from the Department of Material Sciences and Engineering. There he worked on multi-scale modeling process for materials, image processing and data fusion for cultural heritage.
In 2013 he was a Fellow in Residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) and in 2014 he moved permanently to Amsterdam. There he focused full-time on the combination of material sciences and computational science with a mission to give access to the cultural heritage, and help understand and retain it.
He is currently a Senior Scientist at the Rijksmuseum. There he holds, as a professor at the University of Amsterdam, the chair of Conservation Science and the endowed chair for the Visualization of Art History at the Radboud University.
Erdmann is director of the Threadneedle Counting Automation Project (TCAP) and is responsible for the digital infrastructure for the Bosch Research and Conservation Project (BRCP), for which he developed a variety of remarkable imaging and visualization techniques.