Special session 8:
eXtended Reality and Digital Twins in Cultural Heritage
Extended Reality includes all possible combinations of real and virtual, responding to different and specific needs. Virtual Heritage is a growing field of research that makes the use of ICT not only for the representation of cultural heritage, but also to provide interpretations of present, past and potentially future. An innovative perspective for the heritage field is that provided by Digital Twins (DT). This technology, known since 2001 in the industrial field, consists in the realization of a digital replica of physical systems, in order to test their behavior, effects, potential and limits.
The creation of the DT, connected to its physical twin through a system of sensors, provides precise information on the state of conservation of an object, and through the analysis of the data allows the planning of interventions for its conservation and accessibility. The purpose of this special session is to bring together studies and experiments on the use of DTs in the world of cultural heritage in combination with specific sensors, and in the different declinations with relation to the extended reality.
Università del Salento, Italy
Carola Gatto graduated magna cum laude with a master’s degree in European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society at the University of Salento in a.y. 2017/2018. She was exchange student with Erasmus program in 2014 at Stockholm Universitet (Sweden), where she deepened her knowledge in History of Art, and in 2017 at Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal), where she deepens her knowledge in game design and multimedia interactive production. She spent one year as research fellow at AVR Lab (Augmented and Virtual Reality Laboratory) of the DII of University of Salento.
She is now a PhD student in Science of Cultural Heritage and her current research interests deal with augmented and virtual reality for the enhancement of cultural heritage and digital curation in museology.
Università della Basilicata, Italy
Silvia Liaci graduated magna cum laude with a master’s degree in European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society at the University of Salento in A.Y. 2018/2019. She was exchange student with Erasmus program in 2017 at Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal) where she deepens her knowledge in game design and multimedia interactive production. She collaborated with AVR Lab ((Augmented and Virtual Reality Laboratory) of the DII of University of Salento and with XR Technology s.r.l. carrying out Spatial Augmented Reality projects in the service of the fruition of cultural heritage and developing skills in 3D modelling.
She is now a PhD student in “Cities and landascapes: Architecture, Archaelogy, Cultural Heritage, History and Resources” at the University of Basilicata investigating Digital Twin for the conservation and use of Cultural Heritage.