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Emeritus Professor, Computer Vision and Multimedia Lab, Pavia University, Italy
Keynote on: New Technologies And The Support And Accessibility Of Cultural Heritage
Biography: Virginio Cantoni is Professor Emeritus at the University of Pavia where he served as Full Professor of Computer Engineering for 32 years. In the period 2008-2011 he has been seconded to the Centro Linceo 'Beniamino Segre' of the Italian Academy of Lincei. He has been the founder and first Director of the University of Pavia's European School of Advanced Studies in Media Science and Technology and Director of the Interdepartmental Centre for Cognitive Science. His research activity is evolved from computer vision architectures, pattern recognition, to multimedia. He is author or co-author of about 320 journal, conference papers and book chapters as well as editor or co-editor of more than 30 books and co-author of five books. He has organized many International Conferences, Seminars and Workshops including a NATO Advanced Research Workshop on pyramidal systems for computer vision. An Expert and Project Reviewer for the EU Commission, he became a Fellow of the IAPR in 1994 and Life Fellow of the IEEE (was Fellow since 1997). In 2006 the President of the Italian Republic conferred to Virginio Cantoni the title of 'Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic'.
Prof. Dr. Jinghui Yang
Professor of Intelligent Manufacturing at the school of Intelligent Manufacturing and Control Engineering in Shanghai Polytechnic University
Keynote on: Construction of regional industrial Internet network cooperation platform
Biography: Prof. Jinghui Yang is the head of Intelligent Manufacturing Department.
Her work spans the intersection of management and engineering, recent research focuses on the theory and application of intelligent manufacturing and industrial Internet, she has completed more than 40 government and enterprise projects and published more than 20 related papers in this field. She has won the first prize of Shanghai Industry-university-Research Excellent Project Award.
She led a group to apply the research results to the enterprises, which won the government's financial support of 70 million yuan in Wuyi County, Zhejiang Province, and established Wuyi Intelligent Manufacturing Institute of Industrial Technology in the local area, which made fruitful achievements and was commended by the local government.
Jordan Kolev, IEEE Bulgaria Section LMAG Chair
Dr., Assoc. Professor, Ret., Former Dean of the Faculty of Electronics at the Technical University of Varna.
Keynote on: Increasing the interst of high school students to scientific and engineering professions
Biography: Prof. Jordan Kolev received a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering from LETI, St. Petersburg, Russia in 1971, and PhD Degree from the Technical University of Varna, Bulgaria, in 1981. He worked for the TU of Varna for more than 40 years teaching Electronics, Embedded Systems and Digital Signal Processing and heading many research and application projects funded by national and European programs and by industry. He also volunteered for IEEE Bulgaria Section for the last 28 years.
New Technologies And The Support And Accessibility Of Cultural Heritage
My talk focuses on the innovative use of interactive digital technologies in humanities practices. In recent years, at CVML we have experimented with different approaches in the field of promotion and conservation of cultural heritage. In 2015, for the exhibition “1525-2015. Pavia, the Battle, the Future. Nothing was like before”, we applied multimodal interaction methods. Visitors were able to observe and examine seven ancient tapestries through 3D reconstructions, virtual simulations, eye interaction, and gestural navigation. Furthermore, a transposition of the tapestries into tactile imagery allowed for exploration by the visually impaired and blind. In 2018 a more ambitious project was undertaken, the 3D reconstruction of Pavia in the Renaissance for the promotion of the history of the city and its architectural richness through videos offering virtual tours of the mid-16th century city. In 2019, we proposed an international competition, "Digital Anastylosis of Frescoes challenge (DAFNE)", to provide virtual solutions that add to the fresco restorer's toolkit, with the digital anastylosis of "puzzles" formed by frescoes fragments, mixed with spurious elements. Finally, this year on the 1300th anniversary of the transfer to Pavia of the body of Saint Augustine, a 3D multimedia presentation of the Ark allows a complete view of the artifact which unfortunately in the last arrangement it's really compromised.
Increasing the interst of high school students to scientific and engineering professions
In most countries in transition (East European countries) for the past 30+ years, we have observed a change of preferences of young people from scientific and engineering university programs to programs in the fields of law, finance, economics, PR etc. Now we can see that this process went too far, and we feel a deficiency in well qualified engineers and researchers. A similar process has taken place in developed countries for many years as well. In many cases, the applied solution is to import scientists and engineers from abroad, which contributes to the rise of the “brain drain” phenomenon. Meanwhile, there are a lot of “soft” measures which can be undertaken in order to equalize the situation. The scienъe and engineering professions have many advantages and could be attractive to young people. We should discover their specifics and show the youth the challenges, benefits and the beauty of of these professions. Based on own experience and the investigation of the international practice, the author presents a number of such soft measures which can be applied.