Emerging Technologies and the Digital Transformation of Museums and Heritage Sites

News alert 9/4/2020

Over the last weeks, we have been monitoring and discussing the ever-changing realities and disruption associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the planning of the RISE IMET conference. Our main concern is always the health and safety of all conference participants. We also fully understand many concerns raised regarding the restrictions of staff mobility imposed by many organisations, which has caused serious stress to many participants.

Given the above, and after very careful consideration of all the parameters regarding the new Coronavirus outbreak, we have decided to postpone the conference for 2-4 of June 2021. Although this has not been an easy decision, we sincerely hope that this arrangement will allow enough time for our lives to get back to normal and solve all current issues, so that we can welcome you all in Cyprus safely in 2021.

We also plan to reopen our call for papers in the coming months. Please stay tuned for more information on how to submit a new paper for possible inclusion in the 2021 conference. To keep up with the latest news regarding the RISE IMET conference, please visit our website: https://cyprusconferences.org/riseimet2020/ and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

The RISE IMET Organizing Committee


The RISE IMET International Conference on Emerging Technologies and the Digital Transformation of Museums and Heritage Sites will be held in Nicosia, Cyprus, on June 3-5th 2020. The conference is organised by the Research Centre on Interactive media, Smart systems and Emerging technologies (RISE). RISE constitutes a centre of excellence and a joint venture between the three public universities of Cyprus (University of Cyprus, Cyprus University of Technology and Open University of Cyprus), the Municipality of Nicosia, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (Germany) and University College London (UK) (http://www.rise.org.cy). This is the first conference in a series of RISE annual conferences focusing on Interactive Media, Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies (RISE – IMET).

The conference is dedicated to the exploration of current practices in the use of emerging and interactive technologies such as augmented, mixed or virtual reality, holographic models, 3D models, artificial intelligence, sensors and gamification in museums and heritage sites. The aim of this conference is to promote critical and interdisciplinary approaches and conversations between participants from diverse fields and to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue between academics and professionals from various backgrounds on digital advances, innovation and their impact on the field of cultural heritage. Thus, we encourage the submission of abstracts from academics and professionals from the fields of museum studies, cultural heritage, computer science, heritage management, artificial intelligence, visual arts and cognitive science amongst others.



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Important Dates

Deadline for abstract submission: 30 November 2019
Submissions Deadline extended: 22  December 2019

Notification of acceptance: 1 February 2020
Presenting author registration: By 10 March 30 April 2020
Early registration: 1 February – 31 March 30 April 2020
Late registration: From 1 April 1 May 2020
Conference Postponed: 3 – 5 June, 2020 2-4 June 2021

Latest News

Online registration is open. Presenting authors must register by the 10th of March 30th of April, 2020 in order to be included in the program.

Submissions are now closed. Authors will be notified on the 1st of February 2020. Early bird registration will open on 1st of February 2020.

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended until the 22nd of December 2019.

We are happy to announce that authors accepted at the conference will be given the opportunity to submit their full papers and be considered for publication in the conference proceedings. It is planned to publish the proceedings with Springer in their Communications in Computer and Information Science series (final approval pending). Submitted full papers will go through the process of peer-review. More details will be announced soon.

The conference venue has been announced. Please refer here for more details.

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About Cyprus

Cyprus [in Greek: Κύπρος – kipros], officially the Republic of Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, with a rich, turbulent history stretching back to antiquity. A story past 10,000 years long has seen civilizations come and go, from Alexander the Great to Queen Cleopatra of Egypt, who stake their claim here.

The island of beauty

Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty and love was born here. According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite was born when Uranus, the father of the gods, was castrated by his son Cronus. The severed genitals where then thrown into the ocean which began to churn and foam. From the “aphros” (‘sea foam’) arose Aphrodite (hence her name, meaning ‘foam-arisen’) and the girl floated ashore on a scallop shell. This iconic representation of Aphrodite as a mature “Venus rising from the sea” (Venus Anadyomene) was made famous in a much-admired painting by Apelles, now lost, but described in the Natural History of Pliny the Elder.

About Nicosia

Nicosia is the capital of Cyprus; a status it has enjoyed for 1000 years since the 10th century, though its beginnings date back 5000 years to the Bronze Age. It lies roughly in the centre of the island in the Mesaoria Plain, flanked by the beautiful northern range of Kyrenia Mountains with its distinctive ‘Pentadaktylos’ – the five finger mountain. There are various suggestions as to the origin of the name Nicosia – or ‘Lefkosia’ In Greek – but the most likely one is linked to the popular tree, the tall ‘Lefki ‘ which once adorned the city.