Call for Papers

RISE IMET 2020

International Conference on Interactive Media, Smart Systems

and Emerging Technologies


EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE SITES

June 3-5th 2020, Nicosia, Cyprus

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.


Potential themes include but are not limited to:

  • Advantages, challenges and limitations of emerging technologies
  • Current theoretical and practical approaches in digital heritage
  • Case studies of successful or not-so-successful implementations of emerging technologies in museums and heritage sites (critical approaches to the application of emerging technologies)
  • Emerging trends in the digital presentation, interpretation and management of cultural heritage
  • VR, AR, MR, Mobile Applications and Gamification in museums and heritage sites
  • Cultural Informatics and ethical considerations
  • The application of emerging technologies in specialised areas of cultural heritage, e.g. contested heritage, intangible cultural heritage, World Heritage Sites
  • Immersion, immersive experiences and authenticity in cultural heritage
  • Interactive/Emerging Technologies and education/museum pedagogy
  • New technologies and visitor behaviour analysis/visitor studies
  • Cultural tourism and emerging technologies: museums, heritage sites and smart applications
  • Technologies of crowdsourcing for museums and heritage sites/participatory memory practices through technology
  • Affective technologies and museums
  • Galleries, technology and contemporary art


Guide for submissions

To submit an abstract, panel, session, workshop or poster proposal please follow the directions found on our website: https://cyprusconferences.org/riseimet2020/submissions

Deadline for abstract submission: 30 November 2019

Abstracts should be no more than 500 words including references. Please also submit a short CV (no more than 150 words per CV) for all authors, together with your professional affiliation(s) and contact details. For bibliographical references please follow APA style (https://apastyle.apa.org/).

The organisers also welcome proposals for panel discussions, sessions, workshops and poster presentations. Proposals should be no more than 500 words and should include details of potential participants, topics, and presenters. The chair of each panel discussion or session will be expected to organise the structure of the discussion, set the order of presentations and coordinate the session.

All accepted abstracts will be published in the conference abstract book which will be available as a booklet at the conference. In addition, authors of selected papers will be given the opportunity to submit their papers and be considered for publication in the conference proceedings. Submitted papers will go through the process of peer-review.


Important Dates

Deadline for abstract submission: 30 November 2019
Notification of acceptance: 1 February 2020
Early registration: 1 February – 31 March 2020
Late registration: 1 April – 15 May 2020
Conference Dates: 3-5 June 2020

For any enquiries regarding the conference, please contact Dr. Maria Shehade at:  museumconference@rise.org.cy


Conference Chairs

Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Associate Professor, Cyprus University of Technology/ Research Centre on Interactive media, Smart systems and Emerging technologies (RISE)

Maria Shehade, Research Associate, Research Centre on Interactive media, Smart systems and Emerging technologies (RISE)


Scientific Committee

Tim Weyrich, Deputy Director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, Professor of Visual Computing, UCL Department of Computer Science, UK

Andrea Witcomb, Professor of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, Deakin University, Australia

Bernard Frischer, Director of the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory, Department of Informatics Indiana University, USA

Giasemi Vavoula, Associate Professor, Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK

Gareth Beale, Lecturer, University of Glasgow, UK

Areti Damala, Lecturer, Université Paris 8, Paris, France

Kostas Arvanitis, Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester, UK

Fiona Cameron, Senior Research Fellow, Western Sydney University, Australia

Tsvi Kuflik, Professor of Information Systems, Co-chair of the Digital Humanities BSc, Information Systems department, The University of Haifa, Israel

Haitham Eid, Associate Professor/Director, Master of Arts in Museum Studies Program, Southern University at New Orleans, USA

Georgios Artopoulos, Assistant Professor, STARC, The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus

Nikolas Bakirtzis, Associate Professor Director, Doctoral Program in Science and Technology in Cultural Heritage, STARC, The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus

Elena Villaespesa, Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute, USA

Maria Economou, Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow, UK

Marinos Ioannides, Director of UNESCO Chair on Digital Cultural Heritage at the Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

Hannah Turner, Lecturer, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK

Katherine Burton Jones, Director of the Graduate Program in Museum Studies, Harvard University Extension School, USA

Stella Sylaiou, Adjunct Lecturer, Hellenic Open University, Greece

Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Associate Professor, Cyprus University of Technology/ MRG leader, Research Centre on Interactive Media, Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies (RISE), Cyprus

Maria Shehade, Research Associate, Museum Lab, Research Centre on Interactive Media, Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies (RISE), Cyprus

Antigone Heraclidou, Research Associate, Museum Lab, Research Centre on Interactive Media, Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies (RISE), Cyprus

Yiorgos Chrysanthou, Professor, Computer Science Department, University of Cyprus/ Research Director, Research Centre on Interactive Media, Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies (RISE), Cyprus

Andreas Lanitis, Professor, Cyprus University of Technology/ MRG leader, Research Centre on Interactive Media, Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies (RISE), Cyprus