UNESCO Chair on Digital Cultural Heritage MNEMOSYNE
at the Cyprus University of Technology

About Us

The Digital Heritage Research Lab (DHRLab) was established in 2013 at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Informatics at the Cyprus University of Technology. The lab is devoted to research on the digitisation, documentation, archiving, preservation, protection and promotion of the tangible and intangible Cultural Heritage remains of our past.

The research scientists and doctoral students employed at the lab engage in collaborative research with national and international institutions to explore the latest technological advances in the field, their efficacy, and usefulness to bring cultural heritage information to end-users, obstacles, and prospects for further development. At a European level, the lab collaborates with a network of over 150 key partners from the academic, research and industrial sectors working towards the development of new tools and applications.

DHRLab is hosting the unique UNESCO and European Research Area (ERA) Chairs on Digital Cultural Heritage. It has rapidly achieved world-spectrum of collaborative research projects and has created a remarkable wide research network and an agenda with great potential for future activities (such as the H2020 ViMM Manifesto, Roadmap and Action Plan).

Few of our latest achievements in the Lab are significant with unique international awards like the EU Best Innovation Award at the Fair of European Innovators in Cultural Heritage, European Commission Research Executive Agency REA: 10 years supporting excellence in science/REA’s life-changing projects and Innovation Radar Capturing, Digitisation technologies in Cultural Heritage, the EU Study VIGIE2020/654 Study on quality in 3D digitisation of tangible cultural heritage, as well as the establishment of the first Competence Center on 3D Documentation in Cultural Heritage on the island of Cyprus.

Research Agenda/Activities

The research focuses on four thematic areas: recording, access, management, and conservation of cultural heritage assets.

  • Research collaborations on the use and impact of digitisation in the field of preservation of cultural heritage and the memory of the past.
  • Methods for the 2D/3D Digitization of Cultural Heritage such as system development, large-scale databases, virtual representations, 3D visualisations, etc.
  • Digitisation of audiovisual records.
  • Standards in Digital Cultural Heritage
  • Knowledge Management and Memory
  • Semantic enrichment of artifacts, metadata encoding, reasoning, and inference.
  • Operation of interactive technologies that allow user interaction with the content.
  • Development of new applications and mash-ups over existing knowledge and data sets.
  • Hosting of new research projects.
  • Organizing activities, events, seminars, and conferences to discuss new fundamental research capabilities.
  • Use and reuse of digitized collections.


Lab Brochure 2021

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