Call: 12th International Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (VAST 2012)

VAST 2012: The 12th International Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
Brighton, UK, 19-21 November 2012
Use inspired scientific advances in heritage

Digital technology has the potential to influence every aspect of the cultural heritage environment. Archaeologists and cultural heritage scientists as well as Information and Communication Technology (ICT) experts have in the past collaborated to find solutions to optimise all aspects of capturing, managing, analysing and delivering cultural information, but many unsolved problems remain. The goal of VAST 2012 will be to build on the open dialogue between these different areas of expertise, and in particular allow ICT experts to have a better understanding of the critical requirements that cultural heritage professionals have for managing and delivering cultural information and for the ICT systems that support these activities.

To achieve this VAST 2012 will explore the entire pipeline of ICT in cultural heritage from background research to exploitation. The conference not only focuses on the development of innovative solutions, but it will investigate the issues of the exploitation of computer science research by the cultural heritage community. The transition from research to practical reality can be fraught with difficulty. The digital environment provides new opportunities and new business processes for sustainability, but with these opportunities there are also challenges. VAST 2012 will provide an opportunity for the heritage and ICT communities to understand these challenges and shape the future of ICT and heritage research. We are seeking contributions that advance the state of the art in the information technologies available to support cultural heritage. In particular:

Data Acquisition and Processing:

  • 2/3/4D data capture
  • Geometry processing and representations
  • On-site and remotely sensed data collection
  • Digital capture of intangible heritage (performance, audio, dance, oral)
  • Geographical information systems

Metadata Handling:

  • Classification schemas, ontologies and semantic processing
  • Long-term preservation of digital artefacts
  • Annotations
  • Digital libraries, data management and collection management
  • Multilingual applications, tools and systems


  • Mobile technologies
  • Virtual museums
  • Augmentation of physical collections with digital presentations
  • Interactive environments and applications
  • Multi-modal interfaces and rendering
  • Storytelling and design of heritage communications
  • Usability, effectiveness and interface design
  • Intelligent and knowledge-based tools for digital reconstruction
  • Authoring tools for creating new cultural experiences

Practitioners’ Experience:

  • Professional and ethical guidelines
  • Standards and documentation
  • Requirements and policies
  • Methodological issues and research paradigms
  • Tools for education and training
  • Serious games in cultural heritage
  • Assistance in monitoring and restoration

Economics and Business:

  • Economics of cultural informatics
  • Watermarking, provenance, copyright and IPR
  • Business models and sustainability for ICT in cultural heritage
  • Impact of ICT applications in cultural heritage

Other relevant works concerning the application of information technologies to Cultural Heritage, not explicitly included in the above categories, are also welcome for submission.  Accepted papers will be presented in the form of:

  • Full research papers presenting new innovative results: these papers will be published by Eurographics in the EG Symposium Series (ISSN 1881-864X). The contributions should not exceed 8 pages, including bibliography and illustrations.
  • Short papers presenting preliminary results and works-in-progress or focusing on on-going projects, the description of project organization, use of technology, and lesson learned. These papers will have an oral and poster presentation and will be published in the “Projects & Short Papers” proceedings volume. The contributions should not exceed 4 pages, including bibliography and illustrations.

The best papers selected at VAST 2012 will have the opportunity to be submitted to the ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH). JOCCH is published online during the year and then a hardcopy volume is produced at the end of the year.

23 September – Submission of all types of papers
15 October – Notification of refereeing feedback
19-21 November – VAST 2012

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