Call for Papers


International Conference on Interactive Media, Smart Systems

and Emerging Technologies


June 2-4th 2021, Nicosia, Cyprus
Venue: A.G. Leventis Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus


Professor Sarah Kenderdine
Professor Alan Chalmers
Dr. Roberto Scopigno
Dr. Nancy Proctor
Dr. Jenny Kidd


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 2-4th 2021. The conference is organised by the CYENS Centre of Excellence (previously known as RISE). CYENS 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) ( This is the first conference in a series of CYENS annual conferences focusing on Interactive Media, Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies (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 a full paper, workshop or poster proposal please follow the directions found on our website:

Submission Deadline for all types of submissions: 15 November 2020 Extended to 30 November 2020

To submit a full paper for consideration please follow the instructions and templates found on our website:

The organisers also welcome proposals for poster presentations and workshops. Proposals should be no more than 500 words and should follow the specific instructions for posters and workshops found on our website:

All accepted papers will be included 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. In addition, all abstracts (including accepted posters and workshops) will be published in the conference abstract book which will be available as a booklet at the conference.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline (all submission types): 15 November 2020 Extended to 30 November 2020
Notification of acceptance and review results for full papers: 1 February 2021
Submission of final versions based on reviews: 20 February 2021
Early registration: 1 February – 31 March 2021
Late registration: 1 April – 15 May 2021
Author registration to be included in proceedings: 5 March 2021
Conference Dates: 2-4 June 2021

For any enquiries regarding the conference, please contact Dr. Maria Shehade at:


  • Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Associate Professor, Cyprus University of Technology/ Museum Lab leader, 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)


  • Professor Alan Chalmers, WMG, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
  • Professor Sarah Kenderdine, Laboratory for Experimental Museology (eM+), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
  • Dr Jenny Kidd, Senior Lecturer, School of Journalism, Media and Culture, Cardiff University, UK
  • Dr Nancy Proctor, Director, The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture, USA
  • Roberto Scopigno, Director ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy


  • 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, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK
  • Gareth Beale, Lecturer, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Areti Damala, République des Savoirs, Ecole Normale Supérieure and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 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, Assistant Professor, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, iSchool, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • 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/ CYENS Centre of Excellence 
  • Maria Shehade, Research Associate, CYENS Centre of Excellence
  • Antigone Heraclidou, Research Associate, CYENS Centre of Excellence, Cyprus
  • Yiorgos Chrysanthou,Professor, Computer Science Department, University of Cyprus/ Research Director, CYENS Centre of Excellence, Cyprus
  • Andreas Lanitis, Professor, Cyprus University of Technology/ MRG leader, CYENS Centre of Excellence, Cyprus
  • Apostolos Sarris, Professor, Chair “Sylvia Ioannou” for Digital Humanities, Archaeological Research Unit (ARU), Department of History and Archaeology, University of Cyprus
  • Daniela De Angeli, Research Associate, Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications (CAMERA), Department of Computer Science, University of Bath, UK
  • Maria Roussou, Assistant Professor, Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
  • Kirsten Drotner, Professor, FRDAS, MAE, University of Southern Denmark / Scientific director of Our Museum
  • Alan Chalmers, Professor, WMG, University of Warwick, UK
  • Alexandra Bounia, Associate Professor, UCL Qatar
  • Jenny Kidd, Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University, UK
  • George Papagiannakis, Associate Professor, University of Crete / Adjunct Researcher, Institute of Computer Science, Foundation for Research & Technology – Hellas (FORTH), Greece
  • Elena Stylianou, Associate Professor, Vice-Chair Department of Arts, Director Cultural Studies and Contemporary Arts Lab, European University Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Anna Foka, Associate Professor, Scientific Leader DH Uppsala, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Agiatis Benardou, Senior Research Associate, Digital Curation Unit, ATHENA Research Centre, Greece
  • Lily Hibberd, Research fellow, Université de Paris and Scientific Assistant, eM+, EPFL.
  • Annette Loeseke, Adjunct Lecturer, New York University, Berlin Campus, Germany
  • Colin Sterling, Post-Doctoral Research Associate and AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellow, UCL Institute of Archaeology, UK
  • Volker Kuchelmeister, Research Fellow Immersive Visualisation, UNSW felt Experience and Empathy Lab, Sydney, Australia
  • Despina Catapoti, Assistant Professor, University of the Aegean, Greece
  • Sharon Webb, Lecturer, University of Sussex, UK
  • Angeliki Chrysanthi, Adjunct Lecturer, University of the Aegean, Greece
  • Antonis Bikakis, Associate Professor, UCL Department of Information Studies, UK
  • Andreas Georgopoulos, Professor of Photogrammetry & Monument Recording, Lab. of Photogrammetry, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece
  • Martin Kampel, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
  • Loraine Clarke, Postdoctoral Research Associate, DJCAD, University of Dundee, UK
  • Eva Hornecker, Professor, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany
  • Franco Niccolucci, Professor, Director of VAST-LAB, University of Florence and Editor-in-Chief, ACM Journal of Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH)
  • George Caridakis, Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural Technology, University of the Aegean, Greece
  • Seamus Ross, Professor, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Chiara Bonacchi, Senior Lecturer, University of Stirling, UK
  • Panagiotis Charalambous, V-EUPNEA MRG leader, CYENS Centre of Excellence, Cyprus
  • Costis Dallas, Associate Professor, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Paul Marty, Professor and Associate Dean, School of Information, College of Communication and Information, Florida State University, USA