Università Ca’ Foscari – Venezia
Established in 1868 as the first Business School in Italy, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice is now one of Italy’s best universities in the country. Located in the heart of Venice, Ca’ Foscari has a national and international outstanding reputation for academic excellence in both teaching and research and has signed hundreds of international cooperation agreements with universities from all over the world, in order to promote mobility, research and training.
The Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics (DAIS) was created after combining three departments (environmental sciences, informatics and statistics); it is engaged in multidisciplinary research produced by the recognized experience of the researchers in the analysis of environmental systems, in the management and modelization of environmental and informatic systems, in climate studies, in complexity, in the preservation of cultural heritage and in sustainability. The research activity generates significant impact on educational activities through a complete degree programme (Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programmes) in Environmental sciences and informatics, a Master’s degree programme in Conservation Science and Technology for Cultural Heritage and a multidisciplinary PhD in Science and Management of Climate Change.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU)
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is one of Israel’s leading research universities and among the world leaders in many fields. It was established in 1969 as the University of the Negev with the aim of promoting the development of the Negev desert that comprises more than sixty percent of Israel. The University was later renamed after Israel’s founder and first prime minister David Ben-Gurion, who believed that the future of the country lay in this region. Short 50 years later, with 3 main campuses in southern Israel, 5 faculties, 51 academic departments and units in all scholarly disciplines, and numerous research institutes and schools, BGU is now home to around 20,000 students and 4,000 faculty members, it is ranked among the 300 best universities worldwide, and it is the youngest yet most rapidly growing and dynamic university in Israel. Its Computer Science department, a RePAIR partner, is the largest and most prestigious on campus, where close to 10% of all BGU students pursue their undergraduate or graduate training from 45 academic faculty who are world leaders in all fields of CS, from theoretical foundations, through systems, communications and software engineering, to artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science, visual computing, cyber security, and interdisciplinary fields such as bioinformation, computational humanities, and computational brain and cognitive sciences.
University of Bonn
The University of Bonn was founded in 1818 and is one of Germany’s most important institutes of higher education. As a place of learning to over 34,000 students, it enjoys an outstanding reputation both at home and abroad. The University of Bonn employs approximately 550 professors in teaching and research. It is one of the world’s leading research-based universities and operates on an international level and hosts the largest number (six) of DFG Clusters of Excellence.
The Lab for Humanoid Robots at the University of Bonn is part of the Institute for Computer Science. The research focus lies on robots acting in human environments, this involves the interaction between robots and non-expert users and as well as robot navigation and manipulation in challenging environments. The lab has developed several techniques for mobile manipulation in environments containing articulated and movable objects and has introduced novel methods for environment perception, exploration, 3D environment modelling, and constrained manipulation planning and has already been involved in several interdisciplinary projects with national and international partners.
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a scientific research centre established by Italian law in 2003 in order to promote excellence in both basic and applied research and to facilitate national economic development. IIT scientific activities started in 2006 with a very strong approach to technology transfer with a current staff of more than 1500 people. IIT has a vast experience in managing, executing and supervising research projects: its portfolio is more than 340 external funded research projects, 157 of which financed by EU funding programs (FP7 and H2020) – 18 are funded by European Research Council (ERC). IIT has produced more than 8500 publications and 211 inventions resulting in more than 500 patent applications. Its research activity led to the creation of 17 spin-offs, with additional 26 under due diligence. Research is carried out in the Central Research laboratory in Genoa (IIT headquarters), in 11 satellite centres across Italy and in 2 outstations in US.
IIT will be involved in RePAIR with 3 Research Lines and 1 Center:
- Soft Robotics for Human Cooperation and Rehabilitation (https://www.iit.it/it/web/soft-robotics-for-human-cooperation-and-rehabilitation)
- Pattern Analysis and Computer Vision (PAVIS https://pavis.iit.it/)
- Humanoids & Human Centered Mechatronics (HHCM https://www.iit.it/it/web/humanoids-human-centered-mechatronics)
- Center for Cultural Heritage Technology (CCHT https://ccht.iit.it/)
These IIT’s teams will develop in RePAIR the activities related to soft grasping and manipulation (Soft Robotics for Human Cooperation and Rehabilitation), the visual artificial intelligence systems for digitisation, perception and 3D modelling (PAVIS), the activities related to the mechanical design and implementation of the robotic arms hardware (HHCM) and the hyperspectral imaging analysis of ancient fragments targeting the technologies for the preservation and analysis of invaluable Cultural Heritage assets (CCHT). More specifically, IIT is WP4 Leader and responsible for the design, development, assembling and implementation of the entire robotic and vision hardware infrastructure of RePAIR. Additionally, IIT will have key roles in the frescoes fragments digitisation aspects of the project with dual-arm 3D reconstruction (WP2), in WP5 for the motion planning of both robotic arms and end-effectors grasping and in WP6 for the integration, both software and hardware, of the platform.
Pattern Analysis and Computer Vision (PAVIS)
Instituto Superior Técnico & IST-ID
The Association of Instituto Superior Técnico for Research and Development (IST) is a private not-for-profit institution, which primarily carries out Science and Technology activities, fostering knowledge transfer and promoting the involvement of national and foreign researchers, internally and externally, in RD&I projects in their areas of expertise. IST is the largest and most reputed school of engineering, science and technology in Portugal, with long tradition in teaching, and excellence in research, innovation and training activities. Since its creation in 1911, IST’s mission is to contribute for the development of the science, economy and society by promoting a higher degree of education in the areas of Science, Engineering and Technology at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This, in turn, delivers highly qualified professionals in the public and private sector, strengthening the National and European R&D effort. The VISLAB group – Computer and Robot Vision Group of the Institute for Systems and Robotics (ISR-Lisbon) has been involved in multidisciplinary research activities in the areas of Robotics and Information Processing. The team has several robotic platforms, including humanoid robotic platforms (like the iCub) and brings ample experience on robotics, navigation, sensing and human-robot interaction as evidenced by the large number of EU projects in such areas in which the involved researchers have worked (EU Projects CAVIAR, MIRROR, CONTACT, URUS, ROBOTCUB, FIRSTMM, HANDLE, ROBOSOM, POETICON++ and MONARCH to name just a few).
Post-doctoral research fellow at IST
Ph.D. candidate at IST
Pompeii Archaeological Park
The Ministero per la Cultura (MiC) – (Ministry for Culture) – Pompeii Archaeological Park draws up and implements the strategic, management and operational national policies concerning culture, cultural sites (including monuments and landscape) and tourism. MiC is moreover in charge of public cultural institutions (such as museums, libraries and archives) and oversees the promotion of performing arts. The coordination of ministerial functions is entrusted to a Secretariat-General, while the central administration of the Ministry is structured into eleven Directorates-General.
The mission of PAP is to preserve, promote research, and raise awareness about the settlements and monuments in the Pompeii archaeological area that is included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO. It also fosters the advancement of the Italian archaeological studies and the interpretation of the national historical memory. Over 1,500 buildings cover the surface area of the ancient city of Pompeii (66 hectares, only partially excavated); around 4 million tourists a year visit the place. These figures highlight the commitment of PAP in a wide research activity to find out innovative and effective restoration and conservation methodologies to preserve the archaeological heritage. The PAP’s Applied Research Laboratory carries out these activities in cooperation with several research institutes in Italy. The Park also promotes projects in the field of archaeology and other related research areas in collaboration with national and international cultural and academic bodies.
One of the core activities is the restoration of wall paintings and decorated surfaces.