Inside a bag of ICT tools for Cultural Heritage: Predictive digitization, erosion modeling, reassembly and word spotting

Ioannis Pratikakis, Democritus University of Thrace

Current challenges in CH domain involve 3D artifacts as well as 2D documents and relate to the difficulty and inefficiency of the 3D digitisation process, the quantification of stone monument degradation, the reconstruction of objects from large numbers of constituent fragments that may be worn, immovable, dispersed or incomplete and finally, the difficulty to access historical collections. This talk will strive towards presenting a closer look to a bag of tools that constitute a response to the aforementioned challenges which although, at first sight, appear heterogeneous, they finally share a common base. These tools are outcomes from the EU projects PRESIOUS, TRANSCRIPTORIUM and READ.


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Ioannis Patrikakis Ioannis Pratikakis is Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Democritus University of Thrace in Xanthi, Greece and Adjunct Researcher at ‘ATHENA’ Research and Innovation Center. He received the Ph.D. degree in 3D Image analysis from the Electronics engineering and Informatics department at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, in January 1999. From March 1999 to March 2000, he joined IRISA in Rennes, France as an INRIA postdoctoral fellow. From January 2003 to June 2010, he was working as Adjunct Researcher at the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications in the National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos”, Athens, Greece. His research interests lie in visual computing addressing challenges in a broad range of application domains including Cultural Heritage, Medicine and Automotive industry. He has published more than 160 papers in journals, book chapters and conference proceedings in the above areas. He has participated in more than 20 national and international R&D projects. He has served as co-organizer of the 14th International Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition (ICFHR 2014) as well as the Eurographics Workshop on 3D object retrieval (3DOR) in 2008, 2009 and 2015. He has also served as Guest Editor for the Special issue on 3D object retrieval at the International Journal of Computer Vision (IJCV) as well as Special issues at the Visual Computer Journal (TVC). He has been member of the Board of the Hellenic Artificial Intelligence Society for the period 2010-2014. He is Senior Member of the IEEE and member of the European Association for Computer Graphics (Eurographics).


H2020 and Cultural Heritage

Albert Gauthier, Policy Officer, Data Applications and Creativity, DG CONNECT

For decades the European Commission is funding research projects dealing with Cultural Heritage activities. This was also the case in the actual H2020 work programme with activities in areas like 3D, Virtual Museum, access to content. The presentation will summarise our past activities but more importantly will focus on our future activities.


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Albert GauthierAlbert Gauthier works at the European Commission in Luxembourg, at Directorate General Connect. The ' Data Applications and Creativity ' unit covers a range of activities from funding leading-edge ICT research to innovation and policy support. Research under the ICT programme will explore the potential of information and communication technologies to enhance creative processes in general and in cultural and educational contexts in particular; it will also enhance user experiences with digital cultural resources, including keeping those resources useable at long-term (digital preservation); innovation activities aim at stimulating the up-take of research results in the creative industry; policy support activities - follow-up of the Commission's recommendations on digitisation and digital preservation.


3D imaging and Cultural Heritage - where do we stand?

Fabio Remondino, Bruno Kessler Foundation

The recent technological developments in 3D surveying and modeling are offering many opportunities also in the heritage field, which is more and more in need of innovative and reliable documentation and conservation solutions. Such solutions should fit for various purposes, from a simple visualization to a very accurate and detailed 3D digital replica. Bottlenecks and open research issues are still present but 3D imaging and graphics solutions are for sure wide-spreading the potential of 3D technologies for heritage documentation, preservation, valorization and communication. The talk will review the latest sensors and software developments for heritage 3D modeling, including visualization and web-based data sharing. Examples from outstanding projects will be shown too.


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Fabio RemondinoFabio Remondino received his PhD in Photogrammetry in 2006 from ETH Zurich, Switzerland and now leads the 3D Optical Metrology Unit ( of the Bruno Kessler Foundation (, a public research center in Trento, Italy. His research interests include heritage documentation, 3D modeling, sensor and data integration, geospatial data collection and processing. He is the author of over 150 scientific publications in journals and presented at international conferences, he has written five books and edited eight Special Issues in journals. He has received 10 awards for best papers at conferences and organized 26 scientific events and 29 summer schools and tutorials. He is currently acting as President of ISPRS Technical Commission II "Photogrammetry", President of EuroSDR Commission I "Data Acquisition", and Vice-President of CIPA Heritage Documentation.