Special session 7:

Serious Games applied to Cultural Heritage from emotion to transformation: an analysis of factors influencing game design

The special session aims at analysing and identifying the different factors influencing in-depth learning in Serious Games (i.e. sense of presence, verbal exchange between players, story structure etc.). State of the art analysis in different domains such as Heritage Science, Social Science, Pedagogy and Cognitive Science is welcomed. The different presentations should help to establish common ground for the design of a new type of serious games.

Potential presentations might include: role of emotion and distraction in interactive VR experiences, indicators and evaluation practices, review on available technologies, review of Serious Games and VR interactive experiences, review from cognitive science studies.

Organized by:

Sofia Pescarin


Sofia Pescarin is currently senior researcher at CNR ISPC  in Florence, where she is chairing the group within the Digital Heritage Innovation Lab (DHiLab). She has a degree in Humanities (Topography of Ancient Italy), a master in Exhibition Design and PhD in History and Computing. She has been researcher from 2000 to 2019 at CNR ITABC where she has co-chaired the Virtual Heritage Lab (VHlab). From 2008 she has been coordinator of the research line “Virtual Heritage”.  She teaches “Multimodal Design” at the University of Ferrara in the Master “Innovation Design” and she is professor of “Interaction Media Design” at the Master “Digital Humanities and Digital Knowledge” of the University of Bologna. She is since 2017 Chief Editor of the Journal Elsevier “Digital Application in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage”.

Her research interests include Virtual Museums, Museography, Digital Heritage, Applied Games, Interactive Media design applied to Cultural Heritage.


contact: sofia.pescarin@cnr.it

Alberto Bucciero


Alberto Bucciero, Computer Engineer and PhD in Computer Science, is a Researcher of Italian National Council of Researches and Adjunct Professor at the University of Salento since 2006. He is also the scientific director of DIGILAB Laboratory (ISPC-Lecce), the operational unit of the research infrastructure E-RHIS – European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (www.e-rihs.eu).

His research activities are mainly focused on the design of Collaborative Virtual Environments (CVE), interoperability and heterogeneous systems’ integration, data FAIRNESS, context awareness for mobile and desktop systems and real time geographical information systems.

He is scientific coordinator of the SSHOC – Social Sciences & Humanities Open Cloud project (www.ispc.cnr.it/en/2019/01/01/sshoc) for ISPC CNR unit operating in Lecce.


contact: alberto.bucciero@cnr.it