Marinos Ioannides

Director UNESCO CHAIR on Digital Cultural Heritage

Marinos Ioannides

Director UNESCO CHAIR on Digital Cultural Heritage

Biography

Marinos is the Director of the newly established UNESCO Chair and the Coordinator of the EU ERA Chair on Digital Cultural Heritage. He is also the coordinator of the H2020 CSA Virtual Multimodal Museum Plus project (ViMM-Plus) with the main objective to shape the future agenda in the EU Horizon-Europe Framework programme on Digital Heritage. In addition, he is the director of the most successful research lab at the Cyprus University of Technology in Limassol, Cyprus with a total budget of 7.8 MEuro coming from high competitive EU grants.

He studied Computer Science at the University of Stuttgart in Germany where he specialised on the safety and security of multitasking/multiuser repositories and database systems. He continued with his PhD fellowship in Mechanical Engineering at the same University, where he developed one of the first worldwide software engines on 3D objects reconstruction from digitised scattered point clouds. For his PhD work, received several international honours such as: The State of Baden Württemberg award with an amount of 3 Million Deutsche Mark in 1990, the IBM-Europe Award in 1991 with more than 1.1 M Deutsche Mark, from the European Commission the KIT Award in 1996 with 75 KECU, the Tartessos Award from the European and Hispanic Virtual Archaeology Association in 2010 and in 2018 (the EU Year dedicated to Cultural Heritage) he received for his overall achievements in the area of Digital Heritage documentation the unique CICOP Net Award, the prestigious UNESCO Chair Award and the outstanding EU ERA Chair on Digital Cultural Heritage accompanied with 2.5 MEuro in order to establish for the next five years a regional centre of excellence on Digital Cultural Heritage.  His Marie-Curie fellowship project Initial Training Network on Digital Heritage (ITN-DCH) received from the European Commission in the same year the EU Innovators Award and has been declared in June 2019 by the EC/Research Executive Agency as one of the five best Life Changing projects of the last decade in Europe. The competition was among 30 thousand other EU funded Research and Innovation projects and the results have been announced in June 2019.

Marinos continued his work with several digitization projects in Cyprus, such as the digital reconstruction of the temple of Aphrodite in ancient Amathus in 1997, the statue of Venus, the larger vase / jar in the world (the Amathus vase in the Louvre) and the exact three-dimensional virtual reconstruction of the monument Asinou (UNESCO WHL) in 2006 which is the first 3D object harvested in the EU digital Library – Europeana. His current research focus on the holistic 3D documentation in Cultural Heritage.

He is the chairman of the bi-annual joint international conferences on Digital Cultural Heritage CIPA/VAST2006 (www.cipavast2006.org), VSMM2008 (www.vsmm2008.org), EuroMed2010 (www.euromed2010.eu), the CY-EU Presidency conference EuroMed2012 (www.eutromed2012.eu), the EuroMed2014-18 (www.euromed2014.eu; www.euromed2016.eu and www.EuroMed2018.eu). Marinos is representing Cyprus in all the EU Committees on Digital Cultural Heritage in the last 15 years. Since 2018 he is the co-chair of the CY national committee for the establishment of the Cypriot strategy on Digital Cultural Heritage (2021-2027).

Marinos was involved in 68 EU funded projects since 1987 and has more than 70 publications. He is the main author of three books. All his proceedings and books have been published by the prestigious publisher Springer-Nature.

All sessions by Marinos Ioannides