Artificial Intelligence for Cultural Heritage

City as smart cultural services

AI*CH 2014
12 December 2014
Pisa, Italy

Workshop of the XIII AI*IA Symposium on Artificial Intelligence

Following a consolidated tradition, this Workshop once again aims to represent an opportunity for comparing possible contributions of artificial intelligence and other innovative technologies to conservation, valorisation and fruition of the cultural heritage. It presents novel research ideas, projects and scientific findings focused on city tours and touristic experiences. This is an important new area based on active involvement of a broad range of people to enhance the management of cultural heritage information. In this way the user is not only the information consumer but also the producer. A key ingredient is to address many classes of ambient: touristic routes, cities, parks, archaeological sites, ancient buildings and museums. Methodologies and technological utilities for online communities to become actively engaged in the publishing process, contribute their knowledge, and partake in a dynamic creation and conceptualisation of the cultural resources will be presented. The workshop is aimed to be multi-disciplinary. It is intended for researchers, practitioners, and students of information and communication technologies (ICT) and cultural heritage domains (museums, archives, libraries, and more).

Workshop Program

AI*CH Workshop - 12 December 2014 Aula PS4, Building E

10:30-11:30 Invited talks

Automatic Detection of Social Behavior of Museum Visitor Pairs
Tsvi Kuflik, University of Haifa, Israel
Paul Mulholland Tsvi Kuflik heads the Information Systems Dept. at The University of Haifa. Over the past ten years, the focus of his work was on ubiquitous user modeling applied 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. It is available for visitors on a daily basis and serves also as a test bed for experimenting with novel technologies in the museum. Currently, the system is being used for research on Social Signal Processing where signals transmitted by devices carried by the visitors are used for modeling group behavior, in order to reason about the state of the group visit. Another research direction focusses on the use of intelligent user interfaces in ubiquitous computing within the “living lab”. Where issues like interaction with large, situated displays; interrupt management; navigation support; temporal and lifelong aspects of ubiquitous user modeling are studied. 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 collaborated with local and international researchers, supervised graduate students working with him on this research, organized the PATCH workshops series (Personal Access To Cultural Heritage) and published about 150 scientific papers, out of them 30 papers about this specific research. Tsvi is also a distinguished ACM scientist and a senior IEEE member.

Home page: Tsvi Kuflik@University of Haifa, Israel.

Modelling the Meaning of Museum Stories
Paul Mulholland, Open University, UK
Paul Mulholland Paul Mulholland is a Research Fellow in the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi), The Open University, UK. His research interests include technology enhanced learning, digital narrative and knowledge visualisation. He has been an investigator on a number of international and UK research projects in which he been involved in the design, development and evaluation of technologies in formal education, museum and work contexts. Previous work has included: innovative applications for use by museum staff and visitors; mobile applications for formal and informal learning; automated narrative generation tools for education and entertainment; and semantic and knowledge technologies for learning in organisations. Recently he has been an investigator on DECIPHER, an EU Framework Programme 7 project in the area of Digital Libraries and Digital Preservation, where he led work on using knowledge technologies to model and reason about museum narratives. He has published over 100 conference, workshop, journal articles and book chapters. He is Deputy Editor of the International Journal of Human Computer Studies.

Home page: Paul Mulholland@Open University, UK.

11:30-13:00 Paper session I

11:30-12:00 Inside-Outside: Opportunities in the total cultural heritage experience
A.Wecker, T. Kuflik, O.Stock
12:00-12:30 ARAP: A Semantic Digital Archive for Historical Research
G. Adorni, M. Maratea, L. Pandolfo, L. Pulina
12:30-13:00 Annotations by complex events to build dialogue on cultural stories
A.Sorgente, A. Calabrese, G. Coda, P. Vanacore, F. Mele

13:00-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-16:00 Paper session II

14:00-14:30 Graph-based Recommendation in the Museum
T. Kuflik, E. Minkov, K. Kahanov
14:30-15:00 A Composition Platform that Supports Cultural Heritage Teaching by integrating Recommender Systems Technology
C. Ardito, M. de Gemmis, T. Kuflik, M.F.Costabile, M.Matera
15:00-15:30 Augmented Reality Without Barriers: Dematerializing Interfaces in Cultural Heritage Applications
F. Cutugno, D. M. Calandra, D. Di Mauro
15:30-16:00 Robots for the digitisation of hard-to-access cultural heritage sites
V. A. Ziparo, G. Grisetti, I. Iocchi, D. Nardi

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-17:30 Paper and demo session

16:30-17:00 Expert System Tool for Intelligent Microclimate Analysis
R. Ciabattoni, S. Occhipinti, M. Odlyha, A. Patti, D.Thickett
17:00-17:30 ClouDesire
A. Vecchi

Call for Papers

Topics of Interest

  • Analytic tools to assist research on collections or artefacts
  • Cultural heritage mashup media
  • Cultural heritage multimedia production
  • Digital artefact capture, representation and manipulation
  • Digital capture and annotation of intangible heritage (performance, audio, dance, oral heritage)
  • Intelligent and/or adaptive interfaces
  • Intelligent tools for digital reconstruction
  • Interactive user interfaces for CH applications
  • Models and formal methods for the knowledge representation and sharing on the Web dealing with the enjoyment of artistic heritage
  • Mobile agents
  • Multimedia music representation and formatting
  • Ontologies for cultural heritage
  • User and group modelling for active cultural heritage

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: 24 July 2014
Notification of Acceptance: 15 September 2014
Early Registration: 31 October 2014
Late Registration: 28 November 2014
Workshop Date: 12 December 2014

Submissions are in the form of extended abstracts. Abstracts, written in English, are due in PDF format attached to an email sent to the following email addresses:

The accepted abstracts will be published on the conference website.
Extended versions of selected AI*IA 2014 workshop papers will be considered for a special issue of the Intelligenza Artificiale journal.

Program Committee

  • Liliana Ardissono (Università di Torino)
  • Francesco Cutugno (Università di Napoli)
  • Glauco Mantegari (Accurat, Milano)
  • Cataldo Musto (Università di Bari)
  • Giovanni Semeraro (Università di Bari)
  • Antonio Sorgente (ICIB-CNR, Napoli)

Workshop Organizers

Luciana Bordoni (ENEA-UTICT, Roma, Italy)
Francesco Mele (ICIB-CNR, Napoli, Italy)