2009 Awards



Duke University
Durham. New Hampshire. USA
Maurizio Forte, PhD, is William and Sue Gross Professor of Classical Studies Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University. He is also the founder of the DIG@Lab (for a digital knowledge of the past) at Duke. His main research topics are: digital archaeology, classical archaeology and neuro-archaeology.
He was professor of World Heritage at the University of California, Merced, (School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts) and Director of the Virtual Heritage Lab. He was Chief of Research at CNR (Italian National Research Council) of “Virtual Heritage: integrated digital technologies for knowledge and communication of cultural heritage through virtual reality systems”, Senior Scientist at CNR’s Institute for Technologies Applied to the Cultural Heritage (ITABC), and Professor of “Virtual Environments for Cultural Heritage” in the “Master of Science in Communication Technology-Enhanced Communication for Cultural Heritage”at the University of Lugano. He received his bachelor’s degree in Ancient History (archaeology), and a Diploma of specialization in Archaeology, from the University of Bologna, and his PhD in Archaeology from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He has coordinated archaeological fieldwork and research projects in Italy as well as Ethiopia, Egypt, Syria, Kazakhstan, Peru, China, Oman, India, Honduras, Turkey, USA and Mexico. Since 2010 he is director of the 3D-Digging project at Çatalhöyük.
He is editor and author of several books including “Virtual Archaeology” (1996), Virtual Reality in Archaeology (2000), “From Space to Place” (2006), “La Villa di Livia. Un percorso di ricerca di archeologia virtual” (2008), “Cyberarchaeology (2012) and he has written more than 200 scientific papers. He got several international awards such as the Best paper award at VSMM 2002, 2010; E-content Award 2005, 2008; Tartessos Prize on Virtual Archaeology (2010).

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VWHL. Virtual World Heritage Laboratory
University of Virginia. Charlottesville. Virginia. USA
Bernard Frischer is a leading virtual archaeologist and the author of seven printed books, three e-books, and dozens of articles on virtual heritage, Classics, and the survival of the Classical world. He is the founding editor of Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, an innovative online, peer-reviewed journal where scientists can publish interactive 3D models.
Frischer received his B.A. summa cum laude in Classics from Wesleyan University (CT) in 1971 and his Ph.D. summa cum laude in Classics from the University of Heidelberg in 1975. He held a post-doctoral fellowship in Roman archaeology at the American in Academy in Rome from 1974 to 1976. Afterwards, he taught Classics and Roman Topography at UCLA from 1976 to 2004. From 2004 to 2013 he was Professor of Art History and Classics at the University of Virginia, where he was also founding Director of the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory. The lab’s mission is to apply 3D digital tools to simulating cultural heritage artifacts and sites as heuristic instruments of discovery. Since 2013 he has been a Professor of Informatics in the School of Informatics at Indiana University, where he continues to direct the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory. He has been a guest professor at the University of Pennsylvania (1993), the University of Bologna (1994), Beijing Normal University (2009) and held the post of Professor-in-Charge of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (2000-01). Frischer is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a Fellow of the Michigan Society of Fellows, a Fellow and trustee of the American Academy in Rome, and he has won research fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (1981, 1996), and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (1997). Over the course of his career, he has garnered over $6 million in research funding, including multiple grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation.

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Ename. Belgium
Daniel Pletinckx was trained as a civil engineer, with specialisation in information technology. He gained extensive experience in system design, quality assurance, digital image processing and synthesis, 3D and virtual reality through a career of 15 years in private industry. He is the author of several articles on computer graphics and cultural heritage presentation and has lectured extensively at major computer graphics and cultural heritage conferences. He organised many workshops concerning the use of ICT in cultural heritage and was Conference Chair of the international conferences VAST2004 (Brussels) and VSMM2005 (Ghent). He is member of the International Programme Committee of the VAST, CAA and VSMM conferences. Daniel Pletinckx was chief consultant to the Ename 974 project, a major heritage project in the historical village of Ename, Belgium, and founded the international Ename Center for Public Archaeology and Heritage Presentation, together with Dirk Callebaut and Neil Silberman in 1998.
Currently, Daniel Pletinckx is director of Visual Dimension bvba, a SME dealing with consulting on and designing of new systems for cultural heritage and tourism. Visual Dimension consults major European heritage organisations on innovating and optimising the use of ICT technology in tangible and intangible cultural heritage and tourism. Visual Dimension also specialises in new, efficient ways to digitise existing cultural heritage objects and monuments, and in virtual reconstruction of historical buildings and landscapes. Several multimedia systems he designed received major awards. The TimeScope system at the Ename archaeological park, Belgium, has received the Dutch Golden Scarab (1998) and the Flemish Monument Award (1998). The TimeFrame system at the Saint Laurentius church in Ename, Belgium received the ICT Innovation Award from the VGI organisation in the Netherlands. In June 2009, Daniel Pletinckx will receive the Tartessos Award in Sevilla, Spain, for his international contribution to virtual archaeology.

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Burdeaux. France
Archéovision Director (UPS SHS – 3D). Scientific Director ARCHEOTRANSFERT. State Doctorate in Ancient History (Egyptology – Lyon II -1992). Thesis 3rd cycle in Ancient History (Egyptology – Lyon II -1979) Mathematics and Physics Deuss.
Previous professional situations: 2002- 2011 Head of 3D Technological Platform (Archéovision); Ausonius Institute (UMR 5607) 1998- 2002 Head of Thematic Competence Centre (SIRA) Ausonius Institute (UMR 5607) 1993- 1998 Head of Information Service and Research in Archaeology (SIRA) Centre Pierre Paris (URA 991) 1990-1992 Provision at the Department of Studies and Research of EDF; Department “Information Processing and Mathematics Education” (Clamart) 1983-1990 Deputy Director of the Permanent Mission of Karnak (Egypt). – Responsible for the administration and accounting (imprest and revenue). – Responsible for the computerization of scientific data (based Sheikh Labib base Talatat). – Responsible for the organization of archaeological reserve called the “Sheikh Labib.” 1973-1975 Volunteer Service National Assets at Franco-Egyptian Centre for Studies of the Temples of Karnak.

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