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Within Cultural Heritage the two fields of shape analysis and of metadata description have been relatively disjoint. One of the main challenges of the project is to harmonize in the same working platform these two specializations. It is possible to divide our partners roughly in two groups, based on the roles that they have in the project: one dealing with semantic description, and the other with geometry. In the former there are: IT Innovation Centre (UK), British Museum (UK) and The Cyprus Institute (Cyprus); whereas in the second there are:  Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche -Institute of Applied Mathematics and Information Technologies (Italy), University of Amsterdam (Netherland), Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Israel) and University of Haifa (Israel) as third party associated with the Technion. This separation is somewhat fluid because the project requires of course close collaboration between the partners and especially the Cyprus Institute and the Institute of Applied Mathematics and Information Technologies are active in both areas. 


IT Innovation Centre

The IT Innovation Centre is an applied research centre advancing a wide range of information technologies and their deployment in industry, commerce and the public sector. Part of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, the Centre is an international leader in applied research in secure service-oriented systems, information discovery and decision support, and archiving and retrieval, and their relationship to new business models, processes and values. We address technical challenges in conjunction with business, operational and societal challenges. We present the results of our work as software demonstrators, white papers, confidential reports and targeted academic and technical publications. Our substantial portfolio of collaborative research supported by public programmes is complemented by professional services including customer-specific and commercially confidential research and development, bespoke development of operational systems for early adopters, consultancy, and technology due diligence. We are currently working in sectors ranging from the creative industries to environment, finance, health and engineering. We work in a spirit of partnership, ensuring effective transfer of knowledge. We have a strong record of relevant collaborative research in UK and European programmes. We typically play a leading role, driving the development and integration of advanced solutions. We have a deep understanding of the different convergence perspectives of the Future Internet (content, services, security), are engaged with UK and European bodies regarding Future Internet policy and strategy, and active in the Future Internet Assembly. We are steering board members of the European Technology Platforms NESSI and NEM.

IT innovation is the coordinator of the GRAVITATE project, entitled to eldership, coordinating and facilitating intra-project communications and data storage and management. Within the research part of the project they contribute with semantic enrichment of the metadata through natural language processing and graph matching.


British Museum (BM)

The British Museum was founded in 1753. Its aim is to hold for the benefit and education of humanity a collection representative of world cultures, and ensure that the collection is housed in safety, conserved, curated, researched and exhibited. The BM’s collection of over eight million objects spans the history of the world’s cultures. Thanks to gifts from private individuals, sponsorship from corporate partners and funding from public bodies, the BM continues to build, maintain and utilise its collection, engaging with the varied needs of audiences worldwide. Conservation and research underpin all the BM’s work. Conservators clean, repair and stabilise objects in the collection. Scientific study of deterioration mechanisms helps establish the optimum environmental conditions for storage and display. Research enables the collection to be better used by the public to understand human history and culture. With significant international research funding, the BM is forging a strongly integrated approach to scholarship and public programming.

Within GRAVITATE The British Museum is providing access to their collections and metadata and is responsible for the codification of new metadata as CIDOC CRM and to convert it into RDF format. They are also contributing to the project with their research on sophisticated semantic search platforms.


The Cyprus Institute (CyI)

The Cyprus Institute operates under the aegis of the Cyprus Research and Educational Foundation (CREF), which is governed by a Board of Trustees, comprised of leading personalities of the international academic, political and business world; it is currently chaired by Professor Edouard Brézin, former president of the French Academy of Sciences and Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure. The Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center (STARC), one of the three operating research centers at CyI is developed in partnership with the Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France (C2RMF), headquartered in the Louvre. It is devoted to the development, introduction and use of advanced science and technologies in the field of archaeology, cultural heritage and history of the region. Since 2008, the Digital Cultural Heritage group has been developing its research activities in two convergent fields: 3D approaches to the study of the past and knowledge repositories. As such, it has participated in several EU funded initiatives, such as 3DCOFORM, CARARE, V-MUST, 3D-ICONS, EAGLE and ARIADNE.

In the GRAVITATE project, the Cyprus Institute is responsible for generating and providing the digital datasets through 3D scanning and image based modelling as well as parts of the metadata. Furthermore, they give input on the archaeological perspective and requirements of the project.


Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR-IMATI)

CNR-IMATI is the Institute of Applied Mathematics and Information Technologies (IMATI), belonging to the National Research Council (CNR), Italy. The Shape Modelling Group at CNR- IMATI is doing research on mathematical and computational methods for shape modelling and analysis, using geometric and topological approaches. CNR-IMATI contributes to GRAVITATE with expertise in the acquisition and reconstruction of 3D objects; the analysis of surfaces, 3D models, and point clouds; the evaluation of similarity for 3D object classification and retrieval using shape and photometric information. CNR-IMATI has a long-standing experience of international co-operation with both research and industrial consortia. The coordination of the IST-FP6 NoE AIM-@-SHAPE and the FP7 CA FOCUS-K3D, aimed at promoting the adoption of semantic web techniques in 3D content modelling and processing, is particularly relevant in this context. Archaeology and Cultural Heritage were among the application areas studied in these projects. CNR-IMATI-GE was a partner in the FP7 NoE GaLa, where serious games in the CH domain were investigated, and the FP7 INFRASTRUCTURE VISIONAIR with links to the Cultural Heritage domain. CNR-IMATI has an internationally recognized excellence and experience in the organization and promotion of dissemination events, workshops, seminars and schools. Since 2006 is the start-up and promotion of the first benchmarking effort for 3D shape matching and retrieval, with the organization of the SHREC, SHape REtrieval Contest, held yearly.
CNR-Imati’s work within the GRAVITATE project is focused mainly on the geometrical part, working on automatic feature extraction and generating descriptors for the geometry and  colour to allow comparison and search for similarities of 3D models. Another part of their work is 3D part-based annotation of digital cultura assets, and the definition of 3D templates for semi-automatic reassembly in which semantic and geometric elements are combined.


University of Amsterdam (UVA)

The University van Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), one of the top research universities in Europe and among the top 50 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2014).

The Informatics Institute (IvI) ( is one of the eight departments in the Faculty of Science. IvI is and has been involved in many national and EU funded projects, and collaborates with a large number of research groups, nationally and internationally. It aims at applying information technology to a wide range of societal challenges, as well as performing fundamental research in computer science. IvI offers programmes in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science, both at undergraduate and graduate level.

IvI research includes Autonomous Systems, Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Information Retrieval, which are relevant to this GRAVITATE project (as well as research in Natural Language Processing and Intelligence Tutoring Systems).

Within GRAVITATE UVA has a major role in the semi-automatic re-assembly of fragments of the same object and work on faceting of the 3D models. Furthermore, they are coordinating the research efforts of the project.


Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Technion)

The Technion is a major educational and research institution in Israel, focusing on science, engineering and technology. It has 13,000 students and more than 600 faculty members. Technion graduates comprise the majority of Israeli-educated scientists and engineers, constituting over 70% of the country’s founders and managers of high-tech industries. 80% of Israeli NASDAQ companies are led by Technion graduates. It has three Nobel Prizes and multiple other exceptional academic achievements.

In the GRAVITATE project the Technion is involved in the re-assembly process, basing their work on 2D colour matching.


University of Haifa

The University of Haifa, established in 1972, is an academic institution whose initial and central function is to carry out excellent academic teaching and research. The academic excellence is showcased in many various interdisciplinary and international programs and by means of collaborations with academic institutions around the world. The University of Haifa is a developing and dynamic institution with a world-renowned reputation in many different fields of research, and it is the leading University in Israel in the fields of the Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Welfare and Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Education and Management. The University was selected by the Council for Higher Education to lead the field of Marine Research as well as the field of Education in a Networked Society. The University offers 20 international academic programs in the English language which attract many excellent students from Israel and abroad.

The University of Haifa is contributing to the GRAVITATE project through their experience in 3D matching, working on the use of contour and curvature for the re-assembly of fragments.