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News from the 'Sylvia Ioannou' Chair in Digital Humanities

February 2020

The Lab of Digital Humanities GeoInformatics (DigHumanities GeoInfo Lab)

The Lab of Digital Humanities GeoInformatics (DigHumanities GeoInfo Lab) is supported by the 'Sylvia Ioannou' Chair in Digital Humanities at the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Cyprus. The Lab is dealing with the application of cutting-edge technologies in Landscape Archaeology, Environmental Archaeology, Digital History, Monument Monitoring and Cultural Heritage Risk Assessment. The Lab is involved in projects within the domains of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Geoinformatics (Geophysical Prospection, Satellite Remote Sensing, Aerial Photography and Photogrammetry), computational and statistical methods, 3D reconstructions, machine learning and AI, etc. Research of the Lab expands on an international level with emphasis on Cyprus, East Mediterranean and the Balkans. Beyond providing a hands-on experience and expertise tools to students and professionals, the Lab is conducting high level research and provision of services, which are supported by a number of high-tech instrumentation and computer facilities.

Geophysical Prospection Survey at Neapolis, Paphos

More than 300,000 square meters of land were surveyed through geophysical techniques in the area of Neapolis, Paphos during November 2019. The project was carried out with the collaboration of the DigHumanities GeoInfo Lab of the Archaeological Research Unit of the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Cyprus and the GeoSat ReSeArch Lab of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (F.O.R.T.H.) with the Neapolis Development Properties Ltd. The scope of the specific collaboration was the mapping of possible buried archaeological structures using diverse geophysical methods (multisensor magnetometry and ground penetrating radar).

People

Apostolos Sarris
Professor of the 'Sylvia Ioannou' Chair in Digital Humanities at the University of Cyprus.

Apostolos Sarris holds a B.A. in Astronomy & Physics and a M.A. in Physics from Boston University and a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Physics/Geophysics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was appointed as Professor of the 'Sylvia Ioannou' Chair in Digital Humanities at the Archaeological Research Unit of Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Cyprus. He is also Research Director at the Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (F.O.R.T.H.) - Head of the Laboratory of Geophysical-Satellite Remote Sensing and Archaeo-environment (GeoSat ReSeArch Lab), Adjunct/Affiliate Professor of Cyprus University of Technology and Research Associate of the Dept. of Anthropology, The Field Museum of Natural History of Chicago, Illinois, USA. He has been a Senior MC Fellow of the EU at FRIAS/Freiburg University, a DLR-DAAD Research Fellow at the German Aerospace Center and a visiting senior researcher at the University of Leiden. He is involved in more than 100 large scale national and international research projects and in more than 230 geophysical projects in Greece, Cyprus, Hungary, Egypt, USA, Albania, Italy, Germany, Turkey, a.o. He has more than 300 publications as a result of his research activities in geophysical prospection, geoinformatics, GIS, satellite remote sensing, etc.

Marc-Antoine Vella
The New Post-Doctoral Researcher of the Chair of 'Sylvia Ioannou' in Digital Humanities at the University of Cyprus.

Dr. Marc-Antoine Vella holds a M.A. in Applied Geophysics from Paris Sorbonne University (2005) and a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences (2010) from the University of Corsica and Paris Sorbonne University. He realised a post-doctoral fellowship at the CEREGE (Centre Européen de recherché et d’enseignement des Géosciences de l’environnement) and was Researcher/resident, representative of the French Institute of Andean Studies (IFEA, UMIFRE 17 MEAE/CNRS USR 3337 AMÉRICA LATINA) at La Paz, Bolivia. He wrote 12 articles in international journal or proceedings in an international congress and participated to more than 10 international congress. He is Research Associate of the team 'Archéologie Environnementale' of the CNRS UMR 7041 ARSCAN (Archéologie et Sciences de l’Antiquité) from the Pantheon Sorbonne Paris 1 University. He is Director of the mission 'Archaeology and Palaeoenvironments of the Tiwanaku river (Bolivia)' from the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs. Since 2020 he has been appointed as a postdoctoral researcher at the 'Sylvia Ioannou' Chair in Digital Humanities.