2015 Awards



Learning Sites Inc. and Institute for the Visualization of History Inc. USA
Dr. Sanders is trained and educated as an architect, architectural historian, and archaeologist. His special interest is the application of nontraditional methods (including advanced computer graphics, virtual reality, and behavioral science techniques) to the study and visualization of the past, pushing the boundaries of conventional archaeological interpretation. Professional publications and conference papers have covered such topics as alternative approaches (including those from semiotics, environment-behavior studies, ethnoarchaeology, and human geography) to the study of architecture in archaeological contexts; and the use of interactive computer graphics for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of information about ancient material culture for research, education, publication, broadcast, and museum display.  He founded Learning Sites Inc., in 1996, and the Institute for the Visualization of History Inc., in 2001, to actualize these innovations. He has been an invited keynote speaker at venues around the world; and publications by him or about his companies have appeared in journals, newspapers, books, and magazines in nearly a dozen countries. Learning Sites is the recent recipient of a National Science Foundation, Small Business Innovation Research Phase I & Phase II grants.

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Virtual Archaeology and Cultural Heritage International Campus, SEAV TRAINING
International Network of Virtual Archaeology Centers. Spain
Dr. Alfredo Grande was a pioneer in the creation of virtual hypothesis in the 90s and in the conceptual definition of the terms Virtual Archaeological Hypothesis and Smart Heritage. He professional activity is very committed to education and multidisciplinary research in virtual reconstructions of archaeological heritage. Humanist training and love of history, he has a degree in Fine Arts major in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, Museology and Museum. He has worked in education developing original and pioneers teaching projects. He has conducted numerous research projects both public and private, national and international of virtual anastylosis with several international awards, participated as a guest speaker at major international scientific events and working on numerous scientific committees in this field.
Since 2005 combine his research activity with an ambitious initiative that aims to define, standardize and disseminate, the young discipline of virtual archaeology and cultural heritage: In 2008 he founded Virtual Archaeology Spanish Society (SEAV), of which he is President. In 2012 creates its international subsidiary society called Virtual Archaeology International Network (INNOVA), of which he is President. In 2008, created and chairs the International Forum of Virtual Archaeology (IFVA) and coordinates the drafting of the International Principles of Virtual Archaeology (Seville Principles 2012). In 2009 he created and directed Arqueológica 2.0, International Meeting of Archaeology and Computer Graphics, Heritage and Innovation. Since 2009, co-directs the virtual archaeology scientific journal Virtual Archaeology Review (VAR). Since 2010 directs INNOVA Center, European Center for Innovation in Virtual Archaeology and the International Campus of Virtual Archaeology and Heritage, SEAV TRAINING, first training platform in Virtual Heritage, comprising 15 Spanish universities and 20 invited international universities on five continents. SEAV TRAINING is a center dedicated to european university training, where each year students can develop two Master´s Degree in Virtual Heritage and Archeology.




WMG, University of Warwick, UK
Alan Chalmers is a Professor of Visualisation at WMG, University of Warwick, UK and a Royal Society Industrial Fellow. He has an MSc with distinction from Rhodes University, 1985 and a PhD from University of Bristol, 1991. Chalmers is Founder and Innovation Director of goHDR Ltd. He is Honorary President of Afrigraph, a former Vice President of ACM SIGGRAPH. He has published over 220 papers in journals and international conferences on HDR, high-fidelity virtual environments, multi-sensory perception, parallel processing and virtual archaeology and successfully supervised 36 PhD students. Chalmers was Chair of EU COST Action “IC1005 HDR” that co-ordinated HDR research across Europe to facilitate its widespread uptake. He is also a UK representative on IST/37 considering the incorporation of HDR in MPEG.

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