Roberto Scopigno

Roberto Scopigno

Roberto Scopigno

ISTI-CNR Pisa, Italy

Visual Technologies for CH: current status and perspectives



Visual Technologies have a quite long story and a consolidated status, driven by academic/industrial research and a number of cutting-edge applications (e.g.

computer animation, computer games, design). Cultural Heritage (CH) and, more recently, Digital Humanities (DH) have experimented and endorsed many visual technologies, providing at least an excellent domain for the assessment and further extension of those technologies. This is surely the case of digitisation technologies, visualisation, VR/AR, semantic representation and other themes.

Users in this domain belong to two well differentiated classes: ordinary public (museum visitors, web surfers) or experts (scholars, archaeologists, restorers); their respective requirements are in many case not overlapping or contrasting. A number of projects has focused on those needs, originating technical innovation and specific tools. The talk will present in a comparative manner some selected previous experiences, aiming at deriving a critical assessment and suggesting issues and open questions.

Short Bio:

Roberto Scopigno is a Research Director  at CNR-ISTI and has 30 years of experience on 3D graphics (3D digitization, multi-resolution encoding, visualization, geometry processing) and its application to the Cultural Heritage domain. He is author of more than 200 international papers, with Google Scholar h-index 48 and more than 10,000 citations.

He is currently engaged in several EU and national research projects concerned with multiresolution data modeling and rendering, 3D digitization/scanning, scientific visualization, geometry processing, virtual reality and applications to Cultural Heritage.

Roberto served in the Eurographics Association (General Chair in 2009-2010), was Chief Editors of international Journals (Computer Graphics Forum and ACM Journal of Computing and Cultural Heritage) and was the organiser of several international events (Eurographics’99, Eurographics 2008, Digital Heritage 2015, CAA 2015).

He is recipient of several awards, including the Eurographics Outstanding Technical Contribution Award (2008), the Tartessos Virtual Archeology Award

(2011) and the Eurographics Distinguished Career Award (2014).