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 Principal 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
Juan A. Barceló (b. 1961) obtained a PhD in History and Archaeology in 1989 at the Universitat
Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). He is Professor at the Department of Prehistory, Universitat
Autònoma de Barcelona (Catalonia. Spain), and since 2018, correspondent researcher at the
Institute for Pataganian Social Science (CONICET. Argentina). He has been teaching and doing
research on computing and quantitative methods in archaeology for more than 25 years. He is the
founder and Director of the Laboratory for Quantitative Archaeology and Computer Applications
and co-founder of the Laboratory for the Computer Simulation of Social and Historical Dynamics.
Juan A. Barceló is interested in all questions related with the theoretical and methodological
development of Archaeology, Social and Environmental Sciences, notably on all branches of
computing. He has investigated the suitability of advanced statistical tools for the spatial analysis
of archaeological and environmental data, and explored alternative methods for data mining,
temporal and stratigraphic seriation, classification (neural networks, probabilistic graphical
models, etc). Currently he is engaged in innovative artificial intelligence approaches to the analysis
of social dynamics and environmental factors affecting past societies (computer simulation) and
also in many projects related with Computer Assisted Visualization and Virtual Reality applied to
Digital Heritage and landscape studies. As an archaeologist, he has participated in excavations in
Spain, Portugal, Italy, Syria, Nicaragua and Argentina.
In 2012 he was awarded with the Tartessos award for his work on Virtual Reality and Computer
Visualization in Archaeology. In 2014, the Catalan Research Agency (Icrea) awarded with the
Academia Award for outstanding research career. In 2016 he was nominated and elected member
of the European Academy of Sciences.
George Bruseker is a researcher at FORTH, Crete. His interest focus on the semantics of
archaeological documentation and the development and implementation of data models in the
CIDOC CRM framework.
Athens University of Economics and Business.
Panos Constantopoulos is Professor in the Department of Informatics, Director of the MSc Programme
in Digital Methods for the Humanities and former Dean of the School of Information Sciences and
Technology, Athens University of Economics and Business. He is also heads the Digital Curation
Unit of the Information Management Systems Institute, “Athena” Research Centre. He has previously
been Professor and Chairman in the Department of Computer Science, University of Crete (1986-2003)
and head of the Information Systems Laboratory and the Centre for Cultural Informatics at the Institute
of Computer Science, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (1992-2003). His scientific
interests include: knowledge representation and conceptual modelling, ontology engineering, semantic
information access, process mining, knowledge management systems, decision support systems,
cultural informatics, digital libraries, digital curation and preservation.
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'.
University of Glasgow
Dr Maria Economou (DPhil, Oxon) is Senior Lecturer in Museum Studies / Curator, a joint post at
the University of Glasgow shared between Information Studies and the Hunterian Museum, where
she is responsible for the Digital Strategy. She co-ordinated the Scottish Network on Digital
Cultural Resources Evaluation funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and is currently partner in:
the H2020 EMOTIVE project on digital storytelling in cultural heritage; the MCSA POEM
Participatory Memory Practices ITN; and the UK AHRC/ESRC Immersive Technologies Scottish
Heritage Partnership. She is the Vice President of the Board of Universeum, the European
Academic Heritage Network. She was previously Associate Professor, Museology and New
Technologies at the University of the Aegean (2003-13), where she directed the Museology
Research Laboratory, and worked at the University of Manchester (2000-2003) and the Pitt Rivers
Museum, University of Oxford as Assistant Curator Responsible for Information Technology (1995-
1997). She has published widely on digital heritage and digital museology. Her research interests lie
in the use of all forms of digital technology and new media in the field of cultural heritage and
museums. A particular expertise is visitor studies and evaluation research with different groups of
users (ranging from schoolchildren using museum mobile apps to visitors to real or virtual
exhibitions or users of online catalogues and the effect of ICT on the working practices of museum
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.
STARC, The Cyprus Institute (CyI)
Sorin Hermon. (M). Associate professor, leads the Digital Cultural Heritage research group at
STARC, The Cyprus Institute (CyI), which focuses its scientific activities on two convergent
fields: 3D approaches to the study of the past and big data for knowledge repositories. He is
director of STARLAB, a mobile laboratory for Heritage Science, including instrumentation
for non-invasive chemical-physical measurements, 3D documentation, technical imaging and
remote sensing. The mobile lab provides scientific expertise to archaeological excavations in
Cyprus and the region, art museums and heritage collections. A most recent achievement is
the inclusion of STARLAB and its related scientific activities into E-RIHS, the European
Research Infrastructure on Heritage Science, where CyI fulfill the role of a regional hub for
the infrastructure. Sorin is a member of the Steering Committee of E-RIHS PP, the
Preparatory Phase of E-RIHS. Within this context, Sorin’s research focuses on developing
workflows for art characterization based on the integration of non-invasive and non-
destructive chemical – physical analyses with technical imaging and 3D surface
documentation for answering specific art history questions and the consequent development
of STARLAB’s relevant instrumentation capacities for research and innovation.
Sorin secured continuous competitive grants from various EU programs since 2004, most
recent ones being EMAP, ARIADNE, E-RIHS PP and GRAVITATE. He is author of one
book, editor of several books and peer-reviewed conference proceedings and author of more
than 60 scientific papers. Sorin is currently supervising three PhD students and is teaching
courses at the Science and Technology in Archaeology doctoral program of the Cyprus
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.
Northwestern Polytechnical University
Xuelong Li is a full professor with School of Computer Science and Center for OPTical IMagery Analysis and Learning (OPTIMAL), Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an 710072, P.R. China. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, IEEE, SPIE, OSA, IAPR, etc. He is an elected Member of the Academia Europaea and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. 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 specialist
Irina Oberländer-Târnoveanu is historian, archaeologist and system analyst in Bucharest, Romania. She has a long experience in the computerization of cultural heritage inventories, museum collections documentation, cultural heritage databases and websites development and administration. As former Deputy Director of CIMEC – Institute for Cultural Memory in Bucharest, Romania, she coordinated the development of national databases for movable and immovable cultural heritage, the National Archaeological Record database, reference databases for museums and experts and research projects in data standards and thesauri for museums, in aerial archaeology and open cultural heritage. Her interests include digital cultural heritage, digital libraries, museum education and communication using new ICT, and cultural policies and strategies in the digital age.
She acquired international experience by collaboration in professional organizations, projects, networks and working groups. She has participated in several European projects related to information and communication technologies in archaeology and cultural heritage, among others: ArchTerra – Extending the ArchWeb Nodes/ Copernicus – Esprit (1999 – 2001); ARENA – Network of Digital Archives of Archaeology (2001 – 2004); European Landscapes: Past, Present and Future (2004 – 2007)/ Culture 2000; HEREIN – European Heritage Network/ Council of Europe (2002-2004), EPOCH NoE – Excellence in Processing Open Cultural Heritage /FP6 (2004 – 2008) and member of the EPOCH Board of Directors, ATHENA – Access to Cultural Heritage Network across Europe (2008 – 2011), CARARE Best Practice Network for making the digital content for the archaeology and architectural heritage available through Europeana (2010-2013), and Archaeolandscapes Europe (2010-2015). She has been the Romanian national coordinator in HEREIN -The European Heritage Network of the Council of Europe. As member of the Archaeological Sites Working Group of ICOM/CIDOC (since 1993), she took part at the elaboration of the International Data Standard for Archaeological Sites.
She is the author or co-author of five books, 40 papers, and edited over 20 volumes and CD-ROMs, including ‘Museums and the Internet: presenting cultural heritage resources online’. Currently she is consultant in digitization projects and digital publications.
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).
VAST-LAB at PIN, University of Florence
Paola Ronzino has a master degree in Archaeology from the University of Salento (Italy) and a PhD
in Science and Technology in Cultural Heritage from the Cyprus Institute, Nicosia (Cyprus). She was
a research fellow at the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and a Marie-Curie fellow at the University
of Beer-Sheva (Israel). She is currently employed as senior researcher at PIN, University of
Florence (Italy). At PIN she participated in the EU large-scale infrastructure projects ARIADNE and
ARIADNEplus, as well as in PARTHENOS. Paola started the development of CRMba, the CIDOC CRM
extension for archaeological standing structures, and is currently working on the extension to
architectural monuments. She has authored several papers on the subject and edited the
proceedings of a related session at TPDL 2015. Her current research interests focus on the
semantics of cultural heritage documentation and on the application of Open Science principles to
Rocio Ruiz Rodarte
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Rocio Ruiz Rodarte is a Professor at the Architecture and Industrial Design Department, ITESM CEM,
Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico. Her research interests include multimedia and 3D visualization
courses, Digital Animation and Digital Communication.
Christian-Emil Smith Ore
University of Oslo
Christian-Emil Ore, Associate professor, University of Oslo, Norway [email protected]
Emil Ore is an associate professor and head of Unit for Digital Documentation (EDD) at the University
of Oslo and has worked with digital methods in the humanities for 25 years. Ore works along three
main lines: Methods for cultural heritage documentation, lexicography & corpus and electronic text
editions (medieval charters). An important issue in Ore’s work is how to to make the information in
memory institutions electronically available: Standards like TEI for text encoding and common core
ontologies like CIDOC-CRM for data interchange. Standards must not be straitjackets choking new
research. Without them, however, we can never interlink our research data meaningfully, making it
harder to argue for the usefulness of digital methods.
Ore has been the principal investigator for several large-scale national database and digitalization
projects for the university museums and cultural heritage collections in Norway and was one of the
two founders of the Medieval Nordic Text Archive (menota.org). He has participated in and
coordinated long-term language documentation projects in Southern Africa, served on scientific and
advisory boards in US, Germany and Scandinavia, president of ICOM-CIDOC (2004-2010). Ore co-
chairs TEI ontology SIG and is one of the international editors of the conceptual model CIDOC-CRM
(cidoc-crm.org), and the current chair of the association Digital Humanities in the Nordic countries
Ore is currently participating in the Norwegian infrastructure project Archaeological Digital
Excavation Documentation (ADED) where he is responsible for the overarching conceptual model for
the archeological data from excavation and in museums and archives.
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.
Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties
Yuichi Takata is a researcher at the National Institutes for Cultural Heritage, Nara National
Research Institute for Cultural Properties. His expertise concerns the management of
archaeological data with a focus on Japanese archaeology and history.
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).