eHeritage 2018 conference

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the eHeritage consortium, we have the honor to invite you to the 1st International Conference on VR Technologies in Cultural Heritage (VRTCH’18). This event will take place in Brasov, Romania. Brasov is one of the largest cities of Romania, famous for its rich cultural heritage and spectacular sites which are near its surroundings. Brasov is located in Transilvania, Romania. This region is famous not only for its UNESCO fortified churches, but also for legends such as the one of count Dracula. Bran Castle is just 30 minutes away from Brasov. This place also has intense nature-made landmarks such as “7 Stairs Canyon”, or the mountain called “The Stone of the Philanderer“. Brasov’s unique heritage is the most important asset of its people, and its is our belief that this event will not only help us raise awareness of its historical city, but will also be deeply enjoyed by our guests. You can read more about the city of Brasov, the location of our conference, here.

Preserving Cultural Heritage is a complex task that requires skills and techniques which need to be constantly upgraded. This 2-days event is thought not only as a classic conference, but also as a multi-level tutoring and an multidisciplinary collaboration opportunity for experts, librarians, researchers and all the other related stakeholders. In order to achieve common methodologies and best practices, between 29-30 May, 2018, we have the opportunity to come together, exchange ideas, experiences and know-how, and elevate research in Cultural Heritage and adjacent areas.

The scope of the VRTCH’18 is to:

  1. Disseminate the findings of new research
  2. Train participants in various fields related to preserving cultural heritage through VR technologies
  3. Offer an environment in which participants interact and exchange knowledge
  4. Make connections with experts and create new possible collaborations for the future

The VRTCH’18 conference comes in the context of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, giving us the opportunity to capitalize on this evolution of events.  The final purpose is to bring together as many participants with as many different backgrounds as possible, in order to receive a highly diversified audience which will have the opportunity to achieve a good level of understanding of the mutual needs, requirements and technical means available in this field of research.

Our goal is to welcome research papers on tangible and intangible Cultural Heritage. We would like to host presentations on using state-of-the-art technologies and equipment for the preservation and digitization of Cultural Heritage content, applicable to archeological sites, monuments, museums, art galleries and so on. Moreover, VRTCH’18 covers useful topics, such as exploitation-ready technologies which can demonstrate the adoption of sustainable paradigms by the general public, companies, curators and managers of cultural entities. We have already initiated the first steps into involving policy makers which can influence the wide public, such as local museum directors, leaders of the oldest evangelic churches and representatives of the local authorities.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 1st International Conference on VR Technologies in Cultural Heritage (VRTCH’18).

Call for papers

Researchers, experts, professors and all who wish to attend to this event are invited to submit original manuscripts addressing one or more of the following subjects:

Data acquisition and modelling

  1. Photogrammetry, 3D scanning
  2. 2D and 3D GIS
  3. 3D reconstruction, meshing
  4. Information modeling
  5. 4D modelling
  6. Rapid prototyping

Visualization methods / Audio

  1. Virtual reality
  2. Augmented reality
  3. Mixed reality
  4. Gamification
  5. Sound synthesis, intangible CH

Sensors and actuators

  1. Remote Sensing
  2. Haptics

Data management

  1. Metadata, semantics, indexing
  2. Standards and methodologies
  3. Damage assessment and diagnosis
  4. Data monitoring and protection
  5. Information management
  6. Improving dissemination and exploitation
  7. Reusing and sustainability
  8. Digital rights management, IPR

Restoration and digitization

  1. Conservation methods
  2. Archiving methods
  3. Digitization methods

Cultural tourism

  1. New solutions for elevating cultural tourism
  2. Virtual Museums
  3. Web portals and internet resources
  4. Digital libraries, content aggregators
  5. Education and training

Paper submission

Please use the provided VRTCH18_paper_template. All papers should be submitted electronically via the EasyChair conference system. If you don’t have one, please create a new account on the EasyChair system before submitting your paper. Please contact us if you have any problems submitting your paper.

You may submit papers to the following categories:

  • Full paper – typically 12 pages (no more than 16 and no less than 10).
  • Short paper – 4 pages.

Important dates

Full paper submission: 1 April, 2018

Short paper submission/Posters: 15 April, 2018

Notification of acceptance: 25 April, 2018

Registration deadline: 10 May, 2018

Event: 29-30 May, 2018

 

Publishing

The VRTCH’18 papers will be indexed in Google Scholar and a selection of the best papers will be published in a special issue in the Informatica Journal of Computing and Informatics which is on the list of emerging publications in Web of Science.

Note: The papers which will be published in the special issue are considered new papers, which will greatly extend the findings published in the conference proceedings. The special issue will be published at the end of 2018, giving authors with enough time to extend their study and their papers. The articles published in the special issue will be required to cite the proceedings paper and explicitly explain the improvements.

A Best Paper Award will be announced and bestowed at the conference closing session.

Venue and registration fees

The conference will take place in Aula Sergiu Chiriacescu of the Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania. We recommend you to book your stay at Hotel Aro Palace (5*) which is close to the city center, or Hotel Ambient (4*) which is close to the conference place. Feel free to contact us if you encounter any problems related to booking your stay. Here’s a map with the location of the conference. As you can see, Aula Sergiu Chiriacescu is in any case very close to the city center:

  Normal Student
Short paper €200 €150
Full paper €400 €300

 

Registered conference participants are entitled to:

  • Conference reception and refreshment breaks between sessions (2 per day, mid-morning and mid-afternoon).
  • Participation to an exploratory visit at Bran Castle

Payment can be sent by bank transfer:

  1. Currency RON: RO08 TREZ 1312 0F33 0500 XXXX
  2. Currency USD: RO31 RNCB 0053 0486 0543 0013
  3. Currency EUR: RO26 RNCB 0053 0486 0543 0006

For both USD ad EUR, the bank details are as follows:

  • Bank: Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR)
  • SWIFT: RNCBROBU
  • BIC: RNCB
  • Bank address: BCR Brasov b-dul 15 Noiembrie 90A, Brasov, Romania
  • Account holder: Universitatea Transilvania din Brasov

For RON payments, you can use the CUI 4317754.

Very important: If you need an invoice, please contact us with your organization details before sending the payment through direct transfer. We can not supply an invoice after the payment has been made.

Conference program

29 May, 2018 – Day 1

8:00-9:00 Conference registration

9:00-9:30 Opening ceremony

9:30-11:00 Keynote speakers

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-13:00 Paper presentations

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-17:00 Paper presentations

 

30 May, 2018 – Day 2

8:00-9:00 Conference registration

9:00-11:00 Workshops

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-13:00 Paper presentations

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-17:00 Visit to Bran Castle

 

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Matjaž Gams , Head of the Department of Intelligent systems at Jozef Stefan Institute

Prof. Marcello Carrozzino, PERCRO, Scuola superiore Sant’Anna Pisa

Scientific Committee

Erik Malcolm Champion, UNESCO Chair of Cultural Heritage and Visualisation, Curtin University

Marinos Ioannides, Digital Heritage Research Laboratory, Cyprus University of Technology

Enrica Salvatori, Dipartimento di Civilta’ e Forme del Sapere, Università di Pisa

Pavlos Chatzigrigoriou, Digital Heritage Expert, http://www.iampavlos.com/

Radu-Daniel Vatavu, MintViz Lab | University Stefan cel Mare of Suceava

Florin Stelian Gîrbacia, Virtual Reality and Robotics Research Laboratory, Transilvania University of Brasov

Yiorgos Chrysanthou, University of Cyprus, Computer Graphics, Intangible Cultural Heritage

Fotis Liarokapis, Associate Professor, Masaryk University

Sara de Freitas, Murdoch University

Daniel Pletinckx, Visual Dimension bvba Gent Area, Belgium, V-MUST.net European Network of Excellence

Krzysztof Walczak, Associate Professor, Poznań University of Economics and Business

Raffaele De Amicis, College of Engineering, Oregon State University

Dorin Mircea Popovici, CeRVA | Research on Virtual and Augmented Reality Team

Alexandra Angeletaki, Senior Researcher at NTNU University library

Federico Avanzini, Associate Professor, LIM – Music Informatics Laboratory, University of Milano

Bruno Simoes, Researcher, Visual interaction & communication technologies

Alfredo Liverani, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna