VAST-LAB at PIN, University of Florence
Franco Niccolucci is the Director of VAST-LAB at PIN, University of Florence, Italy. A former professor at the same University until 2007, he then directed the Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center at the Cyprus Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus until 2013, when he returned to Italy to direct the laboratory at PIN he had founded and directed since 2001.
Prof Niccolucci has participated in and led a large number of important European projects on the applications of Information Technology to Cultural Heritage. Among others, he is currently the scientific coordinator of ARIADNEplus, a large-scale research infrastructure with 41 partners in charge of managing and integrating archaeological documentation from all European countries, which has so far registered about two million archaeological datasets making them searchable and available on-line. Prof Niccolucci has also led several projects concerning museum organization and communication.
Niccolucci’s current scientific interests focus on semantics for the documentation of archaeological research. He is the author of about 100 articles on scientific journals, chapter in books and conference papers, ranging from the foundations of archaeological documentation to critically evaluating the use and impact of visual technologies on Cultural Heritage research. On the latter topic, he developed, co-chaired and curated the London Charter for the Visualization of Cultural Heritage.
Prof Niccolucci has chaired a number of international conferences on the above subjects starting in 2004 with CAA2004 and continuing with the VAST series he initiated in 2000 and continued to chair until 2012.
Associate Editor and Information Director
University of Brighton
Karina is a Lecturer at the University of Brighton. She obtained her (BEng) Computer Systems Engineering degree from the ITESM, Mexico in 1999; her PhD at the University of Wolverhampton in the area of knowledge-based engineering in 2005 and an MA in Histories and Culture at the University of Brighton in 2008. Karina works in the 3D-COFORM integrating project in the area of 3D visualisation and the deployment of these technologies in cultural heritage organisations. She previously participated in the European Network of Excellence EPOCH. Her research interests include the documentation and visualisation of heritage collections, information and knowledge management of 3D assets, and the practical aspects of deployment in the heritage sector.
Juan A. Barcelo
Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona
University of Genoa
Francesco Bellotti is assistant professor at the University of Genoa, Italy, Dep.t of Naval, Electrical, Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering. His research interests include technology enhanced learning, serious games, Artificial Intelligence, cyber-physical systems and Human-Computer Interaction. He has authored 120+ papers on these items and participated in several European research projects (FP, LLP and Culture programmes) in the field of new media, cultural heritage and Human-Computer Interaction. In such projects he has been the responsible of the design and implementation workpackages, also participating with leading roles in the proposal preparation and overall management.
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Université Paris 8
Dr. Areti Damala is Adjunct Lecturer at the Digital Humanities Department of the Université Paris 8 in France and Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Computer and Information Sciences of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. Her main research interests lie at the intersection of digital cultural heritage and museum and visitor studies with an emphasis on the impact of the use of digital cultural heritage resources in the processes of learning and meaning making. Over the past 15 years she has collaborated and worked with museums, galleries and museum visitors in France, Italy, the Netherlands, the UK, Spain and Greece, drawing from contemporary museum research and practice and anterior professional experience gained as a trainee archaeologist as well as a museum curator and museum educator. She has participated in several EU funded and national research projects while her work has been presented, published and in several cases awarded in digital heritage fora, conferences and journals. During the last 6 years, she has been teaching and supervising students in heritage and digital heritage studies at different undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the UK, France and Greece.
Livio de Luca
UMR CNRS/MCC MAP
Livio De Luca is director of the CNRS-MAP (Models and simulations for architecture and cultural heritage) laboratory, a french research unit of the National Centre for Scientific Research and the Ministry of Culture and Communication working on the application of informatics technologies for the study of architecture considered in its heritage, constructive, urban and landscape dimensions. He received his PhD in digital engineering in 2006 at the 'Arts et Métiers Paris Tech' and his HDR (habilitation) in Computer Science in 2012 at the Aix-Marseille University. Member of several international scientific committees for the digital documentation of cultural heritage, his research activity focuses on digital surveying, modeling and representation of architectural heritage as well as on the development of semantic-based platforms for describing, analyzing, documenting and sharing digital representations of heritage buildings. He's currently the scientific advisor of the 'Culture 3D Clouds' project (a cloud computing platform for 3D digitization, documentation, preservation and dissemination of Cultural Heritage) within the framework of the french national plan 'Investment for the future - technology development for digitizing cultural, scientific and educational content' and of the ANR funded project MONUMENTUM (digital modelling and data management for the conservation of masonry structures). He's also involved in several EU Projects (3D-ICONS, V-Must, ITN-DCH,...). He was the technical chief of the '3D-monuments' project (french national program for monuments digitisation) and the scientific co-advisor of the ANR funded project SINETomb (3D information system for the study of the Qianlong's tomb in China). Since 2003 he has taught architectural digital surveying and representation at the IUAV in Venice (Italy), at the School of Architecture of Marseille (France) and at the 'Institut Image' of Chalon-sur-Saône.
Matteo Dellepiane is a Researcher at CNR-ISTI. He received an advanced degree in Telecommunication Engineering (Laurea) from the University of Genova in 2002, and a PhD in Information Engineering from the University of Pisa in 2009. His research interests include 3D scanning, digital archeology, color acquisition and visualization on 3D models and perceptual rendering. He’s authors of nearly one hundred scientific publications in the fields of Computer Graphics, Archaeology, Applied technologies. He took part in several EU projects on the application of technology in the context of Cultural Heritage, having the possibility to collaborate with several insititutions related to CH (superintendencies, museums, restoration centres). He’s currently the scientific responsible of CNR-ISTI for the EU projects 'Archaide'.
School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies, The University of British Columbia
Dr. Luciana Duranti is Chair of Archival Studies at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, and a Professor of archival theory, diplomatics, and the management and preservation of digital records in both its master's and doctoral archival programs. She is Director of the Centre for the International Study of Contemporary Records and Archives (CISCRA, www.ciscra.org), of the InterPARES Project – the largest and longest living publicly funded research endeavour on the long-term preservation of authentic electronic records (1998-2018), the 4th iteration of which is named InterPARES Trust (www.interparestrust.org) – and of the 'Digital Records Forensics' Project, the 'Records in the Clouds' Project, and of 'The Law of Evidence in the Digital Environment' Project. She has published widely on the trustworthiness of digital records and their long-term preservation. She has been guest editor of special issues of scholarly journals on records and information management, and is co-editor with Pat Franks of the 'Encyclopedia of Archival Science.'
The Israel Museum
In her role of Curator of New Media and Head of the Internet Office at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Dr. Hazan’s responsibilities include: identifying, and implementing digital solutions for the gallery, online and mobile platforms and outreach programs. Her Masters and PhD at Goldsmiths College, (2004) University of London in Media and Communications focused on electronic architectures in the contemporary museum. Hazan has been recognized for her numerous publications on new media in education, art, museums and cultural heritage, and is currently investigating social networks, innovative platforms for disseminating virtual museum, and digital libraries in the context of cultural heritage.
Allard Pierson Museum, University of Amsterdam
Wim Hupperetz (1966) is director of the Allard Pierson Museum, the archaeology museum of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He studied Ancient History and Provincial Roman Archaeology at Radboud University in Nijmegen. In 2004 he defended his PhD thesis at he University of Tilburg - on The memory of a street - Eight hundred years of living in the Visserstraat in Breda. He is a heritage specialist in the field of museology, (Roman and late medieval) archaeology, castles, housing culture, cultural landscape and urban environment focused on extra value by digital and virtual media and a multidisciplinary approach. Specialized in the development of concepts and research on historical and archaeological exhibitions. He is advising on heritage (policy) related to museology, archaeology, cultural landscape and urban environment. His approach is focusing on multidisciplinary research: combining archaeology, historical research on archives and architectural history. He founded a northern European museum network (COBBRA) and is involved in several EU funded projects that aim at providing heritage professionals technological tools for the creation of, respectively, digital museum tools and smart exhibits.
The University of Haifa
Prof. Tsvi Kuflik is the former head of the Information Systems Dept. at The University of Haifa. Over the past 15 years, the focus of his work is on ubiquitous user modeling. A practical aspect of his work is applying novel ideas to cultural heritage. In the course of his work, a 'Living Lab' has been developed at the University of Haifa – a museum visitors’ guide system was developed for the Hecht museum (a medium sized archeological museum located within the university). It was available for visitors on a daily basis for three years and served (and continues to serve) also as a test bed for experimenting with novel technologies in the museum. The research includes Social Signal Processing where signals transmitted by devices carried by the visitors are used for modeling group behavior; interaction with large, situated displays; interrupt management; navigation support; temporal and lifelong aspects of ubiquitous user modeling are studied. Recently the potential of a mobile eye tracker and augmented reality technology for enhancing the museum visit experience are being explored. Tsvi got BSc. and MSc. In computer science and PhD. In information systems from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Over the years Tsvi published over 200 scientific papers. Tsvi is a distinguished ACM scientist and senior IEEE member.
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Xuelong Li is a National Distinguished Chair (via Thousand Talents Program, the Recruitment Program of Global Experts of China) with The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He is the founding director of the Center for OPTical IMagery Analysis and Learning (OPTIMAL) at Xi'an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics of CAS, and is an associate director of two key laboratories, namely the State Key Lab of Transient Optics & Photonics and the CAS Key Lab of Spectral Imaging Technology. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, IEE/IET, SPIE, OSA, BCS, HEA, and IAPR. He was the founding chair of IEEE SMCS Technical Committee on Cognitive Computing.
Carlo Meghini is senior researcher at CNR-ISTI and the head of the Digital Libraries group in the Networked Multimedia Information System Lab. His area of research include ontologies, conceptual modeling and digital libraries, with application to the Cultural Heritage sector. He has been involved in European projects since 1988, in the areas of Digital Libraries, where he contributed to the making of Europeana, the European digital library (Europeana, www.europeana.eu), taking care of the scientific aspects of the project. Starting with the ARIADNE project, he is involved in the construction of research infrastructures, bringing his expertise and competence into this relatively new area. He is responsible of the service WP in the PARTHENOS project, and of the architecture WP in the VRE4EIC Project. He has published more than 100 scientific papers in international journals, books and conferences.
Cultural Heritage Imaging
Mark Mudge is President and co-founder of Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI) and the current Chairman of its Board of Directors. Mark’s academic training was in philosophy and sculpture. He worked as a professional bronze sculptor for a decade, casting his own work. His bronze work led him to digital 3D modeling environments and the laser-scanning capture tools that were just emerging in the late 1980s. Since then, for over 20 years, Mark has worked in 3D information capture environments and digital photography. Mark is a co-inventor, with Tom Malzbender of HP Labs, of the computational photography technique called Highlight Reflectance Transformation Imaging. Mark has published many articles and book chapters related to imaging scientific and cultural heritage materials, and he serves on several international committees, including the International Council of Museum (ICOM) Documentation Committee (CIDOC). To make CHI’s vision of the democratization of technology and the long-term preservation of knowledge a reality, Mark works to foster the adoption of robust and practical digital techniques. His work for CHI is focused on the ease of use, cost-effectiveness, and self-documentation of digital imaging techniques through new equipment designs, open source software, and methodology enhancements. His most recent efforts have been on enhancing the trustworthiness of 'born archival' images, building up the semantic richness of metadata records about digital representations, and easing the burdens of sustainable, long-term digital archiving.
Virtual Heritage Lab, CNR ITABC
Sofia Pescarin, Archaeologist, Degree in Topography of Ancient Italy, PhD in History and Computing, Master in 'Technology of Museums', is a specialist in 3D survey, GIS, landscape reconstruction, virtual museums, open source applied to cultural heritage and virtual archaeology. She works as a researcher at the Institute of Technologies applied to Cultural Heritage of the National Council of Researches in Rome (CNR ITABC), in the Virtual Heritage Lab. Here she coordinates a research dedicated to 'Virtual Heritage' and has been the project coordinator of V-MUST.NET, FP7 ICT Network of Excellence focused on virtual museums (2011-2015). She is the chair of the Italian School of Virtual Archaeology (www.archeologiavirtuale.it) and the scientific director of Archeovirtual (www.archeovirtual.it). She has been co-chair of DigitalHeritage 2013 international congress (Marseille, 28th Oct – 1st Nov 2013) and of the international school 'drones in archaeology and cultural heritage' (Certosa di Pontignano, 17 – 27 Sept. 2013). Within V-MUST, she has recently coordinated the exhibition 'Keys to Rome' in 4 museums and co-directed the Italian chapter of the exhibition: 'Le chiavi di Roma. La città di Augusto' (Museo dei Fori Imperiali, 23th Sept 2014 – 10th May 2015).
Bruno Kessler Foundation
Fabio Remondino graduated at TU Milan (Italy) in Environmental Engineering in 1998 and from 1999 until 2007 he worked as research assistant at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) where he also got his PhD in Photogrammetry. Since 2007, he is with FBK Trento leading now the 3DOM research unit (http://3dom.fbk.eu). Since 2013 he has the Italian scientific qualification as full university professor. His main research interests are in the field of automation in 3D recording and modelling as well as sensors and data integration. Author of over 150 scientific publications in journals and at international conferences and 4 books, he has won 10 awards for best papers at conferences, he organized 26 international scientific events and 29 summer schools for education and knowledge transfer. He is a member of the executive board of the International Committee for Documentation of Cultural Heritage (CIPA), President of ISPRS Technical Commission V on 'Close-Range Imaging, Analysis and Applications' and President of EuroSDR Commission I on 'Sensors, Primary Data Acquisition and Geo-referencing'. He regularly serves as a program committee member of international conferences and as reviewer for international journals.
University of York
Prof. Julian Richards, is Director of the Archaeology Data Service, and Co-Director of the ejournal Internet Archaeology. Julian's involvement in archaeological computing began in 1980 when he started his PhD research studying pre-Christian Anglo-Saxon burial ritual using the computing power of an ICL mainframe and an early Z80 micro-computer. In 1985 he co-authored the first textbook in archaeological computing for Cambridge University Press, and has subsequently written numerous papers and edited a number of books on the applications of information technology in archaeology, as well as on Anglo-Saxon and Viking archaeology. Julian is also Director of York's Centre for Digital Heritage, and from October 2013 he will be the founding Director of The White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH).
Vienna University of Technology
Robert Sablatnig is an associate professor for Computer Vision, heading the newly established Computer Vision Lab at the Facultyof Informatics at the Viennna University of Technology. Since 2005 he is the Head of the Institute of Computer Aided Automation, engaged in research, project leading, and teaching. His research interests are 3D Computer Vision including Range Finder, Stereovision, Shape from X, Registration, Calibration, Robot Vision; Industrial Inspection, Automatic Visual Inspection, Video Data Analysis (Motion and Tracking), Document Analysis, and Applications in Industry and Cultural Heritage Preservation. He is author or co-author of more than 200 referred scientific publications published in journals, at several international conferences and workshops. He is the founding chair of IAPR-Technical Committee 19 concerned with Computer Vision for Cultural Heritage Applications and Vice President of the Austrian Association for Pattern Recognition (AAPR/ÖAGM), the Austrian branch of IAPR.
University of Catania
Filippo Stanco received the degree in Computer Science from the University of Catania in 1999 and he received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Catania in 2003. From 2003 to 2005 he was research assistant at the University of Trieste and from 2005 to 2006 he was Research Assistant at the University of Catania on 'Image processing and computer graphics'. From 2006 to 2014 he is Assistant Professor with University of Catania. Since 2014 he is Associate Professor (INF/01) with the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Catania. He is the coordinator of the 'Archeomatica project' (www.archeomatica.unict.it) to develop new digital tools for the archaeological research and the preservation of Cultural Heritage. His research interests include digital restoration, zooming, super-resolution, artifacts removal, interpolation, texture and GIS. Filippo Stanco is teacher of 'Interazione e Multimedia' and 'Multimedia' at University of Catania, and 'Video and photo Editing' at the Academy of Fine Arts of Catania. He is editor of the book 'Digital Imaging for Cultural Heritage Preservation. Analysis, Restoration and Reconstruction of Ancient Artworks', CRC Press. He has published more than 100 papers in International journals and conferences. He is reviewer for several international journals, and he is a senior member of IEEE.
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Didier Stricker is Professor in computer science at the University of Kaiserslautern and Scientific Director at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH) in Kaiserslautern, where he leads the research department 'Augmented Vision'. He is honorary CEO of the International Network, GraphicsMedia.net, which includes prestigious organizations in the area of computer vision and graphics.
ISTI - CNR
Roberto Scopigno is a Research Director at the CNR-ISTI, an Institute of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), where he leads the Visual Computing Lab. He is currently engaged in research projects concerned with multiresolution data modeling and rendering, 3D scanning, surface reconstruction, scientific visualization, and applications to cultural heritage. He published more than 180 papers on international journals or conferences with a total of 5,608 citations and h-index 34, as reported by Google Scholar. Roberto has been Co-Chair of several international conferences and served on many IPCs. He was Editor in Chief of the journal Computer Graphics Forum (2001-2010), is an elected member of the Excecutive Committee of the Eurographics Asssociation since 2001 and served as general Chairman of the Eurographics Association (2009-2010).