Speakers Biographies

Henk Alkemade

Henk graduated in Physical Geography, but has worked in IT (development, management) until 2016.

Since 2016 Henk is senior employee of the department of Historical Landscapes at the Dutch National Heritage Agency.    

He is active at and across the boundaries of IT and Archaeology, (pre-)historic Landscapes and built Monuments at the Dutch National Heritage Agency. Serving as a linking pin between these knowledge departments and IT and participating in national and international projects, concerned with digital heritage.

At this moment Henk is also focusing on the role of cultural heritage and cultural historic knowledge in addressing present problems like soil subsidence, sea level rise, water management etc.

Anthony Corns

Anthony is the Technology Manager for the Discovery Programme responsible for applied technology research, including: project management, 3D data capture (aerial lidar, terrestrial scanning, close range scanning, SfM), GIS for cultural heritage, dataset management and archiving, metadata, promotion and dissemination of the use of technology within cultural heritage. Anthony is currently the Discovery Programme Project manager for CHERISH and the ESFRI E-RIHS (European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science) project and is currently chairman of the CARARE (Connecting Archaeology and Architecture to Europe) association.  

Anthony has participated in several EU funded projects including: 3D-ICONS (CIP), ARIADNE (FP7), LoCloud (CIP) and ArchaeoLandscapes Europe (Culture 2007-2013) and is a member of the Europeana task force for 3D data. He graduated in Geology & Physical Geography BSc (Hons.) and MSc in GIS from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1997 and 1999 respectively.

Andreas Floros

Andreas was born in Drama, Greece in 1973. In 1996 he received his engineering degree from the department of electrical and computer engineering, University of Patras, and in 2001 his Ph.D. degree from the same department. His research was mainly focused on digital audio signal processing and conversion techniques for all-digital power amplification methods. He was also involved in research in the area of acoustics. In 2001, he joined the semiconductors industry, where he worked in projects in the area of digital audio delivery over PANs and WLANs, Quality-of-Service, mesh networking, wireless VoIP technologies and lately with audio encoding and compression implementations in embedded processors. During 2003 - 2005 he was a member of a number of IEEE Tasks Groups (such as the 802.11e, .11k and .11s) with voting rights. For a period of three years (2005 - 2008), he was an adjunct professor at the department of informatics, Ionian University. During this period of time he also taught at the postgraduate (MSc) degree "Arts and Technologies of Sound" organized by the dept. of Music Studies, Ionian University. On January 2008, he was appointed in the position of Assistant Professor at the department of Audiovisual ArtsIonian University . Today, he is an Associate Professor and the Head of the department.

His current research interests focus on Analysis, processing and conversion of digital audio signals, intelligent digital audio effects and sound synthesis, creative intelligence, audio-only games, auditory interfaces and displays, augmented reality audio foundations and applications as well as the investigation of the impact of sound events to human emotions.

Dr. Floros is a member of ACM and the Audio Engineering Society (currently serving as the Secretary of the AES Greek Section), while he actively participates in the AES Technical Committee on Network Audio Systems and Audio for Games. During the last two years, he is also serving as an evaluator of European funded national project proposals.

Nina Gerritsen

Nina is a Research Master student in Archaeology at ACASA (University of Amsterdam/Free University Amsterdam). She is currently working as a data-manager at DANS (Data Archiving and Networking Services) at The Hague, where she is mainly involved with the sustainable storage of archaeological data in the online archiving system EASY. Nina will be talking about the PAN project (Portable Antiquities of the Netherlands), and the role of DANS in both the storing of and creating access to the data provided by this project.

Rimvydas Laužikas 

Rimvydas is Professor of digital humanities and the Head of the Department of Museology in the Faculty of Communication of Vilnius University. His education is in the interdisciplinary fields of educology, archaeology and communication and information science. Rimvydas's research interests cover medieval archaeology, the use of computers in cultural heritage and humanities, information and communication of cultural heritage, museology, history of gastronomy in Lithuania. He has represented the Faculty in European projects such as Connecting Archaeology and Architecture in Europeana, Local content in a Europeana cloud, and Europeana Food and Drink.

Alberto Sánchez Vizcaíno 

Alberto is an Associate Professor of Prehistory, and deputy director of the University Research Institute for Iberian Archaeology, University of Jaén, Spain. His expertise includes Iberian Archaeology and physical-chemical analysis of archaeological materials. He has participated in several EU projects for the University including CARARE, 3D-ICONS and CEMEC. He is currently member of the CARARE association.

Nienke van Schaverbeke, Europeana

A publisher at heart, Nienke heads up Europeana’s Collections team and is responsible for engaging user communities with the collections in Europeana. Nienke has over 10 years’ experience in the (academic) publishing and library sector. 

Marcus Smith

Marcus has a background in archaeological information systems and Viking studies, and has previously worked at the Archaeology Data Service and the Council for British Archaeology. Since 2012 he has been based at the Digital Dissemination Unit at the Swedish National Heritage Board in Visby, where he works with linked open data, digitising the Swedish archaeological process, and the digitisation of runic inscriptions.

Michele Stefanile

Michele is an underwater archaeologist and a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology at the University of Naples “L’Orientale”. For the same University he is responsiblefor the laboratory courses in Archaeology of Submerged Structures and Archaeological Communication. He is also He a tutor in the iOS Foundation Program, in cooperation with Apple inc., for the development of mobile app related to Humanities and Cultural Heritage. 

He works also for the ISCR-Italian Institute for Restoration, as an underwater archaeologist, in the MUSAS Project (Monitoring and Enhancing Underwater Cultural Heritage in Campania, Puglia and Calabria).

He is also involved in the Océanides Project, and he is an active researcher in the group of the EDR-Epigraphic Database Rome (EAGLE Project - Europeana), where he is responsible for the study and digitization of all of the 3.000 electoral inscriptions from Pompeii.

Michele has a BA with honours in Classics (2005 - Univ. of Naples), a MA with honours in Archaeology (2009 - Latin Epigraphy – Univ. of Naples), a MA in Underwater Archaeology (2008 - Univ. of Barcelona), a higher education diploma in Restoration of Underwater Structures (2010 - Baia – ISCR) and he obtained the Erasmus Student Scholarship (2007 – Alicante, Spain).

He has taken part in archaeological excavations in Pompeii (2004–2005–2009-2010), Aveia (Fossa-AQ-Italy, 2009-2010-2011-2012-2013), Aversa (St. Paul’s Cathedral, 2010), Libisosa (Lezuza-Spain, 2008), Pontecagnano (Italy, 2006), Naples (Forum of Neapolis, 2006), Farnese (Viterbo, 2003); in archaeological surveys in Kaulonia (Monasterace Marina, 2006) and in Campobello di Licata (Sicily, 2002); in archeological underwater excavations in Spain (Triunfante shipwreck, 2009-2010, Deltebre I shipwreck, 2010); in archaeological underwater maintenance works in Italy (Underwater Archaeological Park of Baia, 2010); in archaeological underwater surveys in Italy (Scalea,2010, Pantelleria, 2013, Gianola, 2013-2014, Sperlonga, 2014-2015, Gaeta, 2015, Ancona, 2017), Spain (Catalunya, 2008), Turkey (Alanya, 2011, Side, Okurcalar 2012; Antalya, 2013).

Since 2013 he is field director of the Southern Latium Underwater Survey project.

Michele has published 2 books, more than 40 papers in scientific journals and more than 80 articles for different magazines (BBC History Italia, SUB, Bolina, Arte Magazine, ArcheoNews). He is a blogger for the Italian edition of the Huffington Post.

He has taken part as a speaker in more than 50 conferences in Italy and abroad.

He took part in the production of documentaries for History Channel, National Geographic and Silver River Productions.

He is in the executive board of the GAMA - General Association of Mediterranean Archaeology;  he is a member of  NAS - Nautical Archaeology Society; AIA - Archaeological Institute of America; SHA - Society for Historical Archaeology; ANA - Associazione Nazionale Archeologi.

Since 2010, he has been the regional coordinator for the underwater activities of the volunteers of the Gruppi Archeologici d’Italia.

Since 2009, he has been the director of the training centre in Underwater Archaeology of the Centro Sub Campi Flegrei (Pozzuoli, Napoli).

He is an expert diver (PADI Divemaster - CMAS Archaeology Diver) and he has worked in the Archaeological Underwater Park of Baiae as a diving guide.

Rosa Tamborrino

Politecnico di Torino, Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning, Turin, Italy

Rosa Tamborrino, PhD, is an architectural and built environment historian with a background in architecture. She is Professor of Digital History on the Master programmes of Architecture for Heritage Preservation and Enhancement and Architecture for Sustainable Design and a member of the PhD Committee on Architectural and Landscape Heritage. She serves as President for the Italian Association of Urban History. She has published books and articles on cultural heritage, urban changes and preservation, and historical landscapes. She is currently involved as WP leader in the RURITAGE research project (Rural regeneration through systemic heritage-led strategies) -H2020 SC5-21-2016-2017.

Willeke Wendrich

 University of California, Los Angeles, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, US

Willeke Wendrich (PhD Leiden University, 1999) holds the Joan Silsbee Chair in African Cultural Archaeology and is Professor of Egyptian Archaeology and Digital Humanities in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has worked for 30 years in Egypt and currently directs a project in Ethiopia. She is the Director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, and Editor-in-Chief of the online UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology. Her latest books are Archaeology and Apprenticeship (University of Arizona Press, 2012) and The Desert Fayum Reinvestigated (CIoA Press, 2017).

Franc J. Zakrajsek

Franc is a senior researcher, and consultant in geographic information systems, GIS portals, GIS web services, digital cultural content, registering cultural heritage and building interoperability frameworks.  He coordinated the preparation of the national strategy and action plan for e-culture and digitalization of digital cultural content, and was a member of Member's states expert group on digitalization and digital preservation established by the European Commission.  He has participated in several EU projects including Athena, DC-Net, Indicate, Carare and LinkedHeritage.