GENERAL CHAIRS

Prof. Eng. Rocco Furferi (PhD) is Lecturer B at the Department of Industrial Engineering of Florence (DIEF), University of Florence (Italy) where he teaches the course Mechanical Drafting at the School of Engineering. His main research activities are Computer-based methods and tools, 2D and 3D machine vision, colorimetry and spectrophotometry. He was nominated Coordinator of the “Thematic Group WG2 - Innovative technologies and tools” for the European Cluster NanomeCH (Nano and Advanced MATErials for Cultural Heritage). He received the “Innovaciòn AR&PA 2012 award” at the VIII Bienal de la Restauraciòn y gestiòn del patrimonio” released by the “Junta de Castilla y Leòn” for the project “IMAT Intelligent Mobile Multipurpose Accurate Thermoelectrical (IMAT) Device For Art Conservation”. He received several National and International awards for his scientific work. He was appointed Project Manager for the IMAT project under EU FP7 and as main researcher for T-VedO project (PAR-FAS ITALY). He has served as TPC Member for a number of National and International Conferences such as the 18th Int. Conf. on Image Analysis and Processing (ICIAP) - Color in Texture and Material Recognition. He is author of more than 80 papers published in scientific Journals and conference proceedings.

Prof. Eng. Lapo Governi (PhD) is Associate Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Florence (Italy) where he teaches the courses Reverse Engineering and Rapid Prototyping at the School of Engineering. His research work is mainly focused on 3D modeling and Computational Geometry, Digital Applications for Cultural Heritage, Reverse Engineering and Virtual Prototyping. He is operative supervisor of SMIPP lab (tools and methods for product and process innovation) and operative supervisor of the Team for the Innovation of Products and Processes of the DIEF of the University of Florence. He is also scientific supervisor of the Reverse Engineering and Computer Vision Lab of the Department of Industrial Engineering. He is Member and co-founder of the European Cluster "Nano and Advanced Materials for Cultural Heritage", Member and co-founder of the University of Florence interdepartmental Research Unit "Florence Accessibility Lab". He is supervisor for the Department of Industrial Engineering of the “Digitalization and 3D processing techniques for the protection, valorization and preservation of cultural heritage” Research Unit. He has been involved in many projects, both as Project Manager and WP Leader, such as IMAT (EU FP7), T-VedO (PAR-FAS ITALY) and MONZA (Life+). Thanks to his expertise in the field of computer-based methodologies to enhance accessibility to works of art, he was invited as plenary Speaker at the 2nd Workshop "Challenges", organized by M.I.T. and A.B.F. (Andrea Bocelli Foundation) in Cambridge, Massachussets, USA. He has been in the TPC of several Conferences and has recently chaired the session "Assistive Technologies for Visually Impaired People II " at the "22nd Mediterranean Conference on Control & Automation – MED '14" (MCA – IEEE). He is author of more than 100 publications in scientific journals and refereed conference proceedings.

Dott. Eng. Anna Pelagotti, is Doctor in Electronics Engineering, currently working as Policy Expert at ERCEA, the Executive Agency of the European Research Council. Previously she served as Programme Officer at the European Commission. She is seconded from the National Research Council of Italy (National Institute of Optics). She has been working for public and private companies, starting her carrier at Philips Research Eindhoven (NL). Her main interests cover a broad range of topics, including biophotonics and digital imaging, with a special focus on image understanding. She also holds a degree in painting restoration. She is Co-Founder and owner of Art-Test, a specialized company providing services and devices for art diagnostics and authentication. She has written numerous scientific articles and chapters in books, for more than twenty years served as reviewer and member of several scientific committees and holds 11 international patents.

Prof. Eng. Yary Volpe (PhD) is Assistant Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Florence (Italy) where he teaches the course CAD Modeling at the School of Engineering. His research work is addressed to 3D modeling, computational geometry, human-computer interaction and Reverse Engineering. He received the Palazzo Spinelli 2014” award, released by the Technical Committee of the “Salone per l’arte e il Restauro di Firenze” for the “important contribute to the research and the development of new technologies applied to Cultural Heritage”. He received several National and International awards for his scientific work. He is in the advisory board of the laboratory T3ddy (Personalized paediatrics by inTegrating advanced 3D technologY). He has been involved in many RTD projects, such as SUONO (Smart Cities) and T-VedO (PAR-FAS ITALY) where he was main researcher and developed methods and tools for making Cultural Heritage accessible to visually impaired people. He is author of more than 70 journal papers and refereed conference proceedings.

Prof. Dott. Kate Saymour is an art historian (MA Hons, Aberdeen University 1993) who received a Masters of Arts in the Conservation of Easel Paintings from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle in 1999. She moved to the Netherlands in 1999 to work at the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL), Maastricht (the Netherlands) as a painting conservator and is currently the Head of Education at this institution. Her position entails supervising the practical and research work carried out by post-graduate paintings’ students from the University of Amsterdam programme for the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, as well as teaching and lecturing on a variety of subjects, both academic and practical, throughout the two year Master of Arts in Conservation Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She also co-organises and teaches modules at Maastricht University (FASOS and MSP) aimed at introducing conservation science to Liberal Arts and Science Bachelor students. She travels frequently abroad to give workshops on conservation practice and theory to mid-career conservators, integrating her material knowledge and practical skills with an ability to disseminate complex decision making processes. Her interests include the structural treatment of both canvas and panel paintings, cleaning polychromed surfaces, filling and retouching systems and varnishing painted surfaces. In addition, Kate Seymour is currently a member of the ICOM- CC Directory Board (2020-2023), where she holds office as Chair, following on from her service to this volunteer organisation as Directory Board - Coordinator Liaison on the 2017-2020 ICOM-CC Directory Board. She held the post of ICOM-CC Coordinator for the Working Group Sculpture, Polychromy, and Architectural Decoration (2008-2014), and Coordinator of the Education and Training in Conservation Working Group (2014-2017). She has been involved in a number of European funded projects, including IMAT (ENV-NMP.2011.2.2-5) and Proyecto Gacha (HAR2011-24217 Spain). In 2019, she was the project coordinator and one of the lecturing team for the Conserving Canvas Mist Lining Workshops hosted at SRAL, funded by The Getty Foundation. She currently leads the Indian Conservation Fellowship Program (ICFP) at SRAL (2013-2023).

Prof. Giorgi Rodorico is associate professor at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Florence and he is a member of the national consortium CSGI - Center for colloid and surface science. He graduated in Chemistry, with a thesis on “Stable suspensions of calcium hydroxide in alcohols: application to cultural heritage conservation”, and received a PhD in Science for Cultural Heritage Conservation at the University of Florence with a thesis on "Application of NMR tomography to the study of the structure and physico-chemical properties of stone materials used in Cultural Heritage”. His scientific background is in physical chemistry of surfaces and colloids applied to the conservation of Cultural Heritage materials. The scientific production can be summarized in five different topics: (1) Consolidation of wall paintings and application of nanotechnology in this field; (2) Application of NMR tomography to the study of degradation processes in stones, plaster, and cement; (3) Study of degradation phenomena in cellulose-based materials (paper, wood, textiles) and development of nanotechnology for deacidification; (4) Development of microemulsions and micelle solutions for the removal of polymer resins from painted surfaces; (5) Development of gelled systems (chemical gels), responsive to physical and chemical stimuli, for the cleaning of delicate surfaces. Giorgi joined several national and international projects: the EU project NANORESTART (H2020), INNOVACONCRETE (H2020), and NANOFORART (EU 7th); the regional projects TEMART and TECON; and the international programmes for cooperation, funded by the Italian MIUR and MAE, with universities and institutions in Mexico and India. Giorgi was involved in several conservation projects: the Proyecto Arqueologico Calakmul, for the conservation of the UNESCO site of Calakmul (Mexico); the Programa Nacional de Conservación de Pintura Mural Prehispánica - INAH (Istituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia, Mexico), addressed to the conservation of Tlatelolco, Cholula, Mayapan, Cacaxtla, and Tamuín archaeological sites; The Saving Oseberg project, University of Oslo & Museum of Cultural History in Norway; The Vasa project in Sweden; the Conservation programme of the Holy House in Nazareth (Israel). Rodorico Giorgi is author of about 100 publications in international journals in the field of nanoscience applied to conservation of cultural heritage. Some of these publications were reviewed by Consultant Editors of Nature, and published as highlights in Nature News (“Nanotechnology restores flaking frescos”, “Nanotechnologies for conservation of cultural heritage: paper and canvas deacidification”, “Art restoration: Keeping it clean”, “Magnets harnessed to clean artwork”).