ARROWS workshop to be held in the framework of the 18th ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Symposium 2014

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In the framework of the 18th International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) General Assembly and Scientific Symposium 2014 the following Workshop will be presented by the ARROWS project:

“In the field of robotic archaeology: Robotics and ICT for knowledge, protection, and management of Underwater Cultural Heritage

Admission fee: free admission

Statement of the workshop:

The workshop will be an important occasion to discuss innovative systems such as those developed in the framework of the ARROWS project (ARchaeological RObot systems for the World’s Seas), highlighting new opportunities and suggesting good practices to companies, agencies and stakeholders involved in evaluation, protection, and management of Underwater Cultural Heritage (UCH). The aim of the workshop is, on the one hand, to illustrate the potential of innovative underwater robotic tools and ICT fruition technologies useful to discover, protect, monitor, and enjoy the UCH in its different aspects; on the other hand the workshop will generate a statement about new technologies and practices in UCH that will be illustrated, discussed, and amended during the ICOMOS Symposium.

The use of underwater robotic tools is becoming more and more appealing and necessary because, according to the UNESCO Convention for the protection of UCH (2001), all the world agencies and institutions with competence in this field are encouraged to leave, in case of suitable environmental conditions, the underwater archaeological stuff found in the site of discovery (wrecks or ancient structures such as harbors or submerged cities). The UNESCO convention suggests the abolition of the traditional practice of rescuing founds to bring them to museums where, rarely, they were put on display because frequently they were collected in stores and forgotten. An alternative to this obsolete practice is the use of underwater robotics tools and systems that are ready bring in the museums the possibility for the general public as well as for the experts in the field to be part “virtual cruises” on ancient wrecks and submerged structures.

It is thus necessary to provide companies, agencies and institutions devoted to UCH protection with the most advanced underwater tools that will have also to be user-friendly and low cost. But it is also necessary to take care of the evaluation aspects because it is obvious that UCH must become an educational proposal for leisure divers, schools, tourists, and the general public.

Organization contact:
Dr Francesca Abiuso Francesca Abiuso <>

Scientific contacts:
Prof. Sebastiano Tusa, Soprintendenza del Mare, Regione Siciliana,
Prof. Benedetto Allotta, Dept. of Industrial Engineering, University of Florence,


Final Program


09.00   Sebastiano Tusa, Soprintendenza del Mare della Regione Siciliana


09.15   Andrea Caiti, Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerca “E. Piaggio”, Università di Pisa

The THESAURUS Project: towards the development of robots specially designed for underwater archaeology

09.30   Benedetto Allotta, MDM Lab, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, Università di Firenze

The ARROWS Project: challenges, achievements, perspectives

09.45   Pamela Gambogi, Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana

Knowledge, protection, and management of the Underwater Cultural Heritage in Tuscany: is robotics the future?

10.00   Katerina Della Porta, Greek Ministry of Culture

Greece’s framework for the protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage

10.15   David Scaradozzi, Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione, Università Politecnica delle Marche

Discovering the Sea: New Frontiers in Data Gathering and Analysis

10.30   Fabio Bellavia, Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione, Università di Firenze

Computer Vision for Underwater Applications


10.45   Coffee break


11.15   Annalisa Zarattini, Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Lazio

The need for cooperation to protect WW1 cultural underwater remains

11.30   Priit Lätti, Estonian Maritime Museum

AUV and the Baltic Sea. Archaeologist’s perspective

11:45   Daniel Roig, Albatros Marine Technology

Buoyancy change immersion systems to improve archaeological visual inspection efficiency

12.00   Massimo Capulli, University of Udine

The wreck “Grado 2” (III B.C.): from the sea museum to the underwater museum

12.15   Luigi Fozzati, Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Friuli Venezia Giulia

Underwater archaeology experiences in Northeastern Italy

12.30   Nikolaos Tsiogkas, Heriot-Watt University

Facilitating underwater archaeology missions using ontology world modeling       

12.45   Koby Sharvit, Israeli Antiquities Authority

Using Marine Robotic technology to Protect and Manage Underwater Cultural Heritage in Danger


13:00 Lunch break


14.30   Lavinio Gualdesi, Edgelab S.r.l.

Smart, Cheap and Sexy: a new class of AUVs for a new Underwater Archaeology

14.45   Marco Reggiannini, ISTI-CNR, Pisa

Signals and Images Processing and Analysis for Underwater Archeology

 15.00   Can Dede, NESNE Electronics & Izmir Institute of Technology

Underwater Cleaning Systems

15.15   Jon Henderson, University of Nottingham

Recent work in high resolution optical survey for the presentation of underwater cultural heritage

15.30   Jeff Royal, RPM Nautical Foundation

Current Archaeological Applications for AUV Technology

15.45   Steven Baines, TWI Ltd

Technologies for AUV hulls and power supply


16.00   Coffee break


16.30   George Papatheodorou, Lab. of Marine Geology & Physical Oceanography, Geology Department of University of Patras

Marine Geoarchaeology – An emerging scientific field: Case studies from Eastern Mediterranean Sea

16.45   Harun Ozdas, University of Dokuz Eylul – Institute of Marine Science and Technology, Izmir

Shipwrecks along the coast of Bodrum peninsulas and protection-monitoring alternatives

17.00   Final Discussion

coordinated by Sebastiano Tusa, Soprintendenza del Mare della Regione Siciliana

18:00   Conclusion

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Date / Time
Date(s) - 10/11/2014
09:00 - 18:00

Auditorium di Sant'Apollonia