Dr. Arianna Traviglia is awarded with 2021 Tecnovisionarie® prize

7/07/2021

We are very proud to announce that our director, Dr. Arianna Traviglia, has won the 2021 Tecnovisionarie® Award.

Tecnovisionarie® is an international prize, which is annually awarded by the Women&Tech association to women that in their professional activity have shown a clear vision in terms of social impact, transparency and ethics.

This year, Tecnovisionarie® awarded a total of 13 women that represent the excellence in the field of Artifical Intelligence. Among them, Arianna Traviglia has been awarded for her pioneristic efforts in the application of Artificial Intelligence to Cultural Heritage.

During the ceremony, held online on June 10th, the prize has been ‘virtually’ delivered to Arianna by Dr. Barbara Gallavotti, biologist, scientific journalist and science communicator, part of the scientific committee of di Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia and author of the popular tv program Superquark.

For this special occasion, Rainews24 (the main italian all-news tv channel) dedicated a personal interview to our director. You can watch it HERE.

For more information about the prize and its current and past winners, please visit tecnovisionarie.eu.

Dr. Artesani and Dr. Ljubenovic participated at the Virtual SPIE O3A Conference

21-25/06/2021

Dr. Alessia Artesani and Dr. Marina Ljubenovic partecipated as speaker at the SPIE O3A Conference.

During the live sessions of the virtual conferences, Alessia discussed the results of Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy (THz-TDS) imaging carried out on cultural heritage assets. Hyperspectral THz images are corrupted by several degradation effects and their processing pose therefore major challenges. In this work, the limits of THz-TDS are addressed by a twofold computational strategy: (i) removal of the surface warping and (ii) application of a fast joint deblurring-denoising approach for image restoration. The reduction of the main degradation effects is illustrated with the aid of experiments conducted on ancient silver coin and a contemporary painting, highlighting the advantages for cultural heritage applications of imaging spectroscopy in the far-infrared frequencies.

Marina introduced a novel fast hyperspectral image deblurring and denoising approach tailored to archaeological applications of remote sensing. Hyperspectral data (recorded by means of airborne or satelliteborne sensors and used to detect buried archaeological deposits) often lack in spatial resolution and contains blurring degradation and noise. The methodology here presented is based on the low-rank properties of hyperspectral images and exploits a sparse data representation linked with the self-similarity characteristics of image patches. As a result, noise belonging to different spectral regions is removed and the spatial resolution of bands increased, thus significantly improving the possibility of detection of yet-unknown buried archaeological sites

Check out the registered presentations and the conference proceeding at: 

"Processing and analysis of THz time-domain spectroscopy imaging applied to cultural heritage"

"Improved detection of buried archaeological sites by fast hyperspectral image deblurring and denoising"

The CCHT under the TV and Newspapers spotlight

03/06/2021

Last week,  the Center for Cultural Heritage Technology have had the pleasure to welcome the RAI (the national public broadcasting company of Italy) crew to record a Futuro 24 episode titled “New technologies for cultural heritage”.  Futuro24 is a dissemination format of RaiNews24, the all-news channel of RAI, and focuses on exploring and narrating ongoing frontier research in Italy. 

Through the narration of Andrea Bettini, our researchers had the chance to showcase their current projects both from our venue in Mestre and from the magnificent Museo Correr of Venice, where our Material Science group was doing in-situ data acquisition. 

More details, links and photos inside the news. 

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Welcome to Prof. Žiga Kokalj

01/06/2021
 
Prof. Žiga Kokalj is here to collaborate with the Machine Learning and Computer Vision for Cultural Heritage research group! He is the head of the Department of Remote Sensing of the Institute of Anthropological and Spatial Studies at the ZRC SAZU. His research interests lie in the protection of natural and cultural heritage. He is primarily involved in environmental studies using optical satellite imagery processing and lidar data processing, internet cartography, spatial analyses, and natural processes modelling, especially from the viewpoint of how different human activities influence the environment, both in history and at present. The whole group welcomes Professor Kokalj at CCHT!

One Ph.D. Position in Chemistry on Mosaics

06/05/2021

CCHT-IIT funds one scholarship for a Ph.D. position available in the Joint PhD Program in Chemistry of the Università Ca’ Foscari – Venezia  and Università degli Studi di Trieste. The joint research aims at developing protective materials for Cultural Heritage preservation. The position holder will focus on Mosaic: study of the constituent components, from the glass tiles to the bedding mortar and development of tailored protective systems (C/12).The recipient of the scholarship will develop the project under the supervision of the Center Coordinator, Arianna Traviglia, in Venice, together with a supervisor at the Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems of the Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia.

In details, the research program will focus on the characterisation and protection of architectural decorative elements, such as mosaics exposed to hazardous conditions (like highly saline environment, e.g. near sea or lagoon). In particular, the PhD student will study the variety of materials that compose the mosaics, notably the glass/stone tesserae and the mortar. The diffusive processes occurring within the stratigraphy will be studied to better understand the degradation processes. The study will be aimed at the development of nanostructured protective layers capable to locally consolidate the bedding material.

The official call is available at this link: PHD degree | how to apply (ATTACHMENT 4 - Chemistry) and the italian version at this link: Dottorati di Ricerca | Come partecipare (ALLEGATO 4 - Chimica).

Click HERE to find the available scholarship! Do not hesitate to contact us for any questions at the e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline: 7th June 2021, at 1:00 pm (Italian time)

One Ph.D. Position in Chemistry on Protection of Ancient Manuscript

06/05/2021

CCHT-IIT funds one scholarship for a Ph.D. position available in the Joint PhD Program in Chemistry of the Università Ca’ Foscari – Venezia  and Università degli Studi di Trieste. The joint research aims at developing protective materials for Cultural Heritage preservation. The position holder will focus on Ancient Manuscripts: degradation assessment for the development of protective coatings (C/11).The recipient of the scholarship will develop the project under the supervision of the Center Coordinator, Arianna Traviglia, in Venice, together with a supervisor at the Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems of the Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia.

In details, the research program will focus on the study of ancient manuscripts, intended as composite objects made of paper, inks and additional constituents such as metals, wood and leather. The PhD student will analyse manuscripts by means of several non-invasive techniques in order to clarify their conservation status and degradation mechanisms and develop adequate solutions for their protection.

The official call is available at this link: PHD degree | how to apply (ATTACHMENT 4 - Chemistry) and the italian version at this link: Dottorati di Ricerca | Come partecipare (ALLEGATO 4 - Chimica).

Click HERE to find the available scholarship! Do not hesitate to contact us for any questions at the e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline: 7th June 2021, at 1:00 pm (Italian time)

Focus Point in The European Physical Journal Plus

03/05/2021

We are pleased to announce the opening of Focus Point on the Advances in Hyperspectral Data Processing for Cultural Heritage to be published in The European Physical Journal Plus (Electronic ISSN 2190-5444, IF 3.228 (2019)). 

The goal of this Focus Point is to gather contributions that showcase the most recent advances in hyperspectral image processing applied to artworks and antiquities held at Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) or privately owned. Papers should focus on improving image quality, significance of data results, demonstrating the advantages of the methods on case studies and exhibiting their usability for dissemination to wide public. Potential topics include but are not limited to automatic classification, hidden pattern recognition and multivariate clustering analysis applied on hyperspectral data cubes. This Focus Point intends to promote the collaboration between conservators and scientists working in computer science, giving floor to the dialogue between those different disciplines. Authors are encouraged to submit contributions in the form of research papers, communications, or reviews.

> Guest Editor: Dr. Arianna Traviglia, Dr. Alessia Artesani, Dr. Marco Fiorucci, Dr. Marina Ljubenovic

> Submission Deadline: 31 October 2021

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One Ph.D. Position in Science and Technology of Bio and Nanomaterials

11/03/2021

The Centre for Cultural Heritage Technology finances one scholarship linked to a Ph.D. position available at the PhD Program in Science and Technology of Bio and Nanomaterials, organized by Università Ca’ Foscari – Venezia. The position offered is focused on the following topic: Roman glass: development of protective strategies for material preservation. The recipient of the scholarship will develop the project under the supervision of the Center Coordinator, Arianna Traviglia, in Venice, together with a supervisor at the Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems of the Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia. This grant is intented to undertake a PhD project on the study of protective treatments for maintenance and preservation of archaeological glass. The PhD student will support ongoing research at the Center for Cultural Heritage Technology, and she/he will focus on the design and development of nanostructured protective coatings for glass artifacts. Based on in depth understanding of the degradation mechanisms involved, this tailored protective system will be obtained by conventional and non-conventional coating deposition techniques.

The official call is available at this link: PHD degree | how to apply and the italian version at this link: Dottorati di Ricerca | Come partecipare.

Click HERE to find the available scholarship! Do not hesitate to contact us for any questions at the e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline: 21st April 2021, at 1:00 pm (Italian time)

One Ph.D. Position in Environmental Sciences

11/03/2021

The Center for Cultural Heritage Technology finances one scholarship linked to a Ph.D. position available at the PhD Program in Computer Science, organized by Università Ca’ Foscari – Venezia. The aim of the collaboration is to develop Computer Vision/Machine learning methods for Cultural Heritage preservation and analysis. The position offered is focused on the following topic: Landscape studies, environment and Artificial Intelligence. The Ph.D. candidate will be involved in the ongoing research program of the Center for Cultural Heritage Technology focused on the automatic identification of buried cultural heritage sites. The Ph.D. candidate will specifically develop Computer Vision and Machine Learning methods for the detection of the presence of buried archaeological sites based on different chemical and physical properties of the terrain and of the vegetation that cover those sites.
This research will be undertaken within the CCHT facilities and in strict collaboration with CCHT experts in Cultural Heritage, Machine Learning and Conservation Sciences. The recipient of the scholarship will develop the project under the supervision of the Center Coordinator, Arianna Traviglia, in Venice, together with a supervisor at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics of the Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia.

The official call is available at this link: PHD degree | how to apply and the italian version at this link: Dottorati di Ricerca | Come partecipare.

Click HERE to find the available scholarship! Do not hesitate to contact us for any questions at the e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline: 21st April 2021, at 1:00 pm (Italian time)

H2020 NETCHER Updates – Trainings, MOOC and Final Forum

10/03/2021

Earlier this month the NETCHER H2020 project held its Final Forum. The two-day online event (1st and 2nd March 2021), organized by the CCHT together with Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, presented the overall results and achievements of the project, final recommendations, research roadmaps and good practices, specifically addressing the issue of communication and awareness raising. The Forum marks the end of the NETCHER H2020 project started 27 months ago and that has seen in the last few weeks our Centre protagonist of multiple training actions.

A first online education programme, the NETCHER Remote Sensing to fight illicit excavation Training (NRST), has been held in January 2021 (January 19st-22nd, 2021) and aimed at training Cultural Heritage professionals in the use of Remote Sensing to identify evidence of archaeological sites’ looting. The NETCHER 3D Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage at Risk Training (NTRCHRT, February 15th-17th, 2021) online programme focused instead on 3D documentation and reconstruction of Cultural Heritage objects at risk to be stolen, trafficked, or damaged.
But it is not all over yet!
Our CCHT team have also developed a free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) together with Ca’ Foscari University to provide the basics about Cultural Heritage Crimes and the main tools, both legislative and operational, to counter such phenomenon. The online course consists of 4 Teaching Units focused on legislation, art market, Cultural Heritage crime, resources and ethics. The MOOC, opened in March 1st, 2021, will run for four weeks on the EduOpen platform and will be relaunched twice over the next two years.


For further details about the trainings and the MOOC please refer to the NETCHER Project website.

Homa Davoudi attended the 25th International Conference on Pattern Recognition

10/01/2021

CCHT’s Post-Doctoral researcher, Homa Davoudi, presented her recent research achievements on ancient document layout analysis at 25th International Conference on Pattern Recognition ICPR 2020 (hold virtually due to the Covid-19, 10-15 January 2021). She presented the result of her work in collaboration with Marco Fiorucci and Arianna Traviglia as a poster, introducing a novel deep sparse coding model for manuscript image representation, which was successfully applied for historical document layout analysis.

Welcome to Francesco Abate and Raffaella Lamuraglia

02/11/2020

Francesco Abate and Raffaella Lamuraglia join the Characterization and Protection of Cultural Heritage Materials research group, as Ph.D. students! Raffaella has a Master Degree in Conservation Science and Technology for Cultural Heritage and in her master thesis she evaluated anti-UV and anti-graffiti coatings for contemporary paints in Urban Art. At the CCHT, Raffaella will work in particular on characterization and protection of Roman frescoes. Francesco studied Material Engineering at the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, and his thesis was focused on the Laser deposition of polymer-based thin films containing encapsulated inhibitor for Conservation of Cultural Heritage. At the CCHT, he will work on the protection of ancient metals. We are happy to welcome Raffaella and Francesco in our group!

Welcome to Sara Ferro

15/09/2020

Sara Ferro joins the Machine Learning and Computer Vision of Cultural Heritage research group, as a Ph.D. student! She earned a M.Sc. degree in Control and Automation Engineering and a second level Master Degree in Machine Learning from the University of Padua, Italy. Her research focus is on developing Machine Learning and Computer Vision algorithms for supporting Historical Document Analysis and Ancient Handwritten recognition. The whole group welcomes Sara at CCHT!

 

Welcome to Luigi Marasco

01/09/2020

Today, Luigi Marasco starts his work as laboratory technician at the CCHT! During his B. Sc. in Materials Science, Luigi won an Erasmus+ scholarship and he joined the “Graphene Team” of the Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC) in Belgium, where he focused his thesis project on graphene production methods. For his master thesis project he joined the “Graphene Labs” at IIT and he worked on graphene based electrodes for solar cell applications. He joined the IIT family in 2017 as laboratory technician for supporting the scientific staff of the Graphene Labs, where he worked on the production and prototyping of 2D material-based inks and powders for printing and coating. He collaborated in academic and industrial projects focused on the use of 2D materials in composites and energy generation and storage devices, in order to reduce corrosion and enhance thermal, electrical and mechanical performances of the final products. A big welcome to Luigi from all the CCHT research group! 

Francesca Di Turo takes part at the ScienceABC Conference in Rome!

20/02/2020

Francesca Di Turo partecipates as speaker at the ScienceABC Conference in Rome (19-22 February, 2020). During the second day of the Conference, she brings the audience attention on the recent archaeometric research carried out at the CCHT lab, discussing the electrochemical study conducted on the corrosion patina of Roman coins found in the archaeological site of Aquileia (NE Italy). The approach sheds light one the manufacturing and the burial history of the collection. Glad the work activates curiosity and interest of all the partecipants!

Marco Fiorucci's contribution at the Machine Learning in Archaeology Conference

07/11/2019

Marco Fiorucci introduces the research carried out at the CCHT on Machine Learning application to Cultural Heritage at the 'Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning in Archaeology' Conference in Rome (7-8 November 2019) organised by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the British School at Rome (BSR). Marco talks on the application of Graph Neural Networks (GNNs) to remote sensing and ancient document analysis. The approach sheds light on the potential of GNNs for tackling Cultural Heritage research questions.

Internal Seminar: Dr. Victor Gonzalez, Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam)

17/10/2019

Victor Gonzalez, Postdoctoral Researcher of the Rijksmuseum Science Department (Amsterdam), presents today his recent research aims at a better understanding of the ancient synthesis processes of historical pictorial matter, and of the potential degradation mechanisms affecting it within artworks. His communication illustrates the complementarity of chemical data collected at the micro and macro-scales. He highlights structural imaging results obtained via Synchrotron radiation, with special focus on the in-situ formation of crystalline compounds within micrometric paint stratigraphies of Rembrandt’s artworks. He presents further the recent instrumental developments implemented at the Rijksmuseum (Hyperspectral imaging and macro-XRF/XRD) for  chemical imaging of Dutch Golden Age artworks, and the analytical campaign performed on the Woman with a pearl (Vermeer, c. 1665) and the on-going research project carried out on Rembrandt’s Nightwatch (1642). We are pleased to have Dr. Victor Gonzalez with us today!

Arianna Traviglia participates at SingularityU Italy Summit

08/09/2019

The CCHT Coordinator Arianna Traviglia takes part at SingularityU Italy Summit (8/9 October in Milan) talking to the public about the technologies for Cultural Heritage conservation. Arianna discussed how modern technologies and cultural heritage can meet for a wider valorization and knowledge. "We talk about cultural heritage, what we are and what we identify ourselves with. It makes us tied to the origins and history. But do we take care of it? " said Arianna Traviglia at the beginning of her speech.

SAVE THE DATE: The secrets of glass in the Venetian lands

12/08/2019

The date of the public conference "The secrets of glass in the Venetian lands: tales of history and science"  organised by the IIT Centre for Cultural Heritage Technology in collaboration with the Scientific Areas Library (BAS) and the Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems (DSMN) of Ca' Foscari University has been announced today. The event, part of the International Glass Week 2019 and under the patronage of the Italian National A.I.H.V. Committee will be held on Tuesday 10 September 2019 at the Auditorium of the Scientific Campus of Ca' Foscari, in Via Torino 155 (Venice Mestre). Open to general audience, the conference will consist of a series of dialogues between experts on history and science of glass, and will focus on the technology of glass production in antiquity, its conservation and the way in which it is musealised.


Internal Seminar: Prof. Jeppe Revall Frisvad, Technical University of Denmark

02/05/2019

A big welcome to Prof. Jeppe Revall Frisvad from Technical University of Denmark
who visited our Center! Today, he presents his work on "Glass Object Appearance Acquisition Using Learning-Based Inverse Rendering". Most rendering tools have the ability to produce plausible renderings of glass objects. However, such renderings are not necessarily photorealistic. At the Technical University of Denmark, Prof. Jeppe Revall Frisvad and collaborators are studing rendering techniques for making glass object photorealistic. With that, they can generate data set of synthetic images of glass objects with corresponding reference data. A large set of photorealistic synthetic images is useful for deep learning of the relation between glass appearance in a photograph and the shape and optical properties of the object. Prof. Jeppe Revall Frisvad gives us some indications of the performance of a convolutional neural network in acquiring the shape of a glass object from a photograph of it “in the wild”. We are greatful to prof. Jeppe Revall Frisvad, as his talk has activated discussion on how such an approach could be used for more accurate scanning of glass object shape when photographed in a robot-controlled light-camera configuration.

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