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T​he University of Ferrara is a public University whose mission is to provide excellent graduate and postgraduate education as well as researchers. The University of Ferrara local partnership includes the TekneHub (​​) that is one of the four Laboratories of the Tecnopole of Ferrara, within the European Platform Construction of the High Tecnology Network of the Emilia Romagna region, the first regional plan in Italy focused on fostering Innovation, Industrial Research and Technology Transfer. Teknehub works in the main field of advanced techniques for refurbishment and restoration, innovative technologies for diagnostic and conservation, management and valorisation of the heritage and ICT procedures to assess and preserve cultural heritage. TekneHub refers to the University of Ferrara with the main aim of supporting SMEs to develop new products, methods and services or to adapt their own ones, to the specific needs of the cultural heritage. The research proposal will involve also two Laboratories in the Department of Architecture of the University of Ferrara: The LEM, Laboratory of building and Environment Maintenance and management ( that works on national and international research and has been involved in several European research projects. LEM’s research topics are mainly focused on improving the affordability of buildings through a redesign of both architecture and functions, analysing the role of the building envelope, the accessibility and any kind of specific reuse, refurbishment and conservation of architecture. The DIAPReM Center, Development of Integrated Automatic Procedures for Restoration of Monuments (​) that develops procedures for 3D surveying, modelling and virtual representation of architectural, monumental complexes and archaeological sites aimed at a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to the Cultural Heritage especially in the preservation and restoration field. Its expertise also includes BIM, GIS, rapid prototyping and multi-spectral analysis.


Main roles in INCEPTION

  • T1.1, 1.2, 1.3: Responsible as a leader of the T 1.2 to develop a methodology approach for the documentation of Cultural Heritage.
  • WP2, ALL TASKS: Being responsible as leader of WP2 as a whole in coordination activities to set up an optimized procedure of 3D data acquisition and a 3D integrated documentation protocol for documenting Cultural Heritage and of T 1.2 in particular in coordinating stakeholder analysis and value-added assessment of Cultural Heritage.
  • T3.1, 3.2, 3.3: Supporting semantic and glossary definition for Cultural heritage.
  • T4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4: Active involvement in the development of the H BIM platform
  • T5.1, 5.2: Being responsible of task leading for the demonstration case in Italy: digitalization of the Istituto degli Innocenti in Florence.
  • T6.1, 6.2, 6.3: Active role in the validating and testing of user application, deployment of 3D VR/AR models with integral narratives on the heritage sites and off site (such as in labs, museums, classrooms, or even in personal homes or offices).
  • T7.1, 7.2, 7.3: Improving education modules for university; publications in professional and scientific journals, workshops and presentation to academia and professional associations; development of exploitation strategy and plan.
  • WP8, ALL TASKS: Being responsible as leader of WP8, the Project Coordinator is responsible for: coordinating the different WPs, organising periodic project meetings in collaboration with hosting partners, consolidating period reports to be submitted for EC approval. monitor that the action is implemented properly (see Article 7); act as the intermediary for all communications between the beneficiaries and the Commission; request and review any documents or information required by the Commission; submit the deliverables and reports to the Commission; ensure that all payments are made to the other beneficiaries without unjustified delay.​
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    Key persons involved

​ROBERTO DI GIULIO (male) - PhD, Head of Department, Project coordinator

Prof. Roberto Di Giulio is an architect, PhD in “Technology of Architecture”, Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Ferrara and director of the Building Maintenance Laboratory (LEM). He is full Professor at the University of Ferrara, where he teaches Design of Construction Systems. His research encompasses a broad range of subjects: performance of materials, building design methodologies, investigation of maintenance strategies and building pathology. He has been actively involved, often as WP leader, in several EU research projects from FP4, FP5, FP6, FP7: Brite Euram 4213, Ariadne, Brite Euram 4670, IFD, EBOB, SuRE-FIT, EU-CHIC, Proficient and Streamer. He has been the coordinator of the Cost Action “TU0701 – Improving the Quality of Suburban Building Stocks". He is Member and Chair of a Working Group in the Focus Area on “Cultural Heritage” in the European Construction Technical Platform (ECTP).​


​FEDERICA MAIETTI (female) - PhD, Architect, Research fellow, Technical coordinator

Federica Maietti, architect, PhD in “Technology of Architecture”. Since 2003 she works as research fellow at the Department of Architecture of the University of Ferrara, focusing her activities in the fields of advanced diagnostic procedures, innovative technologies and materials for restoration projects in different contexts, including the archaeological site of Pompeii, Malta and Oaxaca (Mexico). She is responsible of 3D laser scanner survey for documentation and diagnosis of architectonical surfaces. Inside Construction Platform of Emilia-Romagna High Technology Network she was involved in research activities concerning regional, national and international project.


​FRANCESCA CAPPELLETTI (female) - Phd, Art Historian, Associated professor

Francesca Cappelletti, PhD in “Art History”, professor at the University of Ferrara, and scientific committee of the TekneHub.  She studied at La Sapienza, Rome, at the Warburg Institute, London, and at Collège de France, Paris. Her publication on the Mattei paintings collection contributing to the rediscovery of the lost painting The taking of Christ, by Caravaggio, now at the National Gallery of Art, Dublin. She studied the French followers of Caravaggio, the Flemish artists in Italy, and wrote a book on the painter Paul Bril. Since 2007 she is the director of the Fondazione Ermitage Italia. She has been among the curators of the exhibition Nature et Idéal. Le paysage à Rome 1600-1650, Paris, Grand Palais- Madrid, Prado, 2011. She is currently a component of the Consiglio Superiore dei Beni Culturali at the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage.​


​EMANUELE PIAIA (male) - PhD, Architect, Research fellow, Technical coordinator

​Emanuele Piaia, Architect PhD in “Technology of Architecture”, is Adjunct Professor of Technology of Architecture at University of Ferrara where he is member of the LEM as research fellow. His research interest includes building design, innovation building technologies, cultural heritage, sustainable refurbishment and energy efficiency. He has been involved in several national and international research project as: INTERREG Project - Villas, Stately Homes and Castles; 7th FP _ EU CHIC; COST TU0701_Improving the quality of suburban building areas; PRIN 2008_Refurbishment, regeneration and valorisation of the high density social housing settlement built in the second part of ‘900 in the suburban areas.


​SILVIA BRUNORO (female) - PhD, Architect, Research fellow

Silvia Brunoro is architect and PhD in “Technology of Architecture”, she is Contract Professor and member of the LEM at the Department of Architecture, University of Ferrara. She has been involved in many national and European researches, such as: ACTION COST C16 "Improving the quality of existing urban building envelopes", the INTERREG II B project “Villas- stately homes and castles”, ACTION COST TU0701 “Improving the quality of Suburban building stock”, the EU FP7 Project Proficient “SME network business model for collective selforganized processes in the construction and retrofit of energy-efficient residential districts”. She is specialized in EU research financial statement. She is author of several publication concerning energy efficiency and sustainable design, mainly related to the envelope of the building. Her main field of research are sustainable refurbishment, energy efficiency and innovation of technologies and materials.​


Federico Ferrari (male) – Architect, Researcher

Federico Ferrari, architect, is researcher at the University of Ferrara, Department of Architecture, since 2006. He is the coordinator of the DIAPReM research center and Adjunct Professor of Freeform Modelling and Reverse Engineering. Since 1998, he was involved in several national research projects (PRIN and FIRB), as well as European projects. He is author of more than 80 scientific publications on innovative technologies for the valorization and preservation of Cultural Heritage by the use of 3D laser scanning, 3D & BIM modeling, thermography, colorimetry, and spectrophotometry. Since 2010, he is coordinator for research projects focused on Virtual Reality and WebGis/BIM applied to sub-surface utility rediscovery. He is also member of the UID (Italian Union of Drawing).​

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​Marco Medici (male) – PhD, Architect, Research fellow

Marco Medici, M.Arch. and Ph.D. in Architecture, is research fellow and Adjunct Professor of Freeform Modelling at the University of Ferrara, Department of Architecture. He is collaborator of the DIAPReM-TekneHub research center since 2013, where he has been involved in several research and training projects, as well as technology transfer activities. He developed advanced skills in the digitization of built environment, focusing in particular on BIM modeling applied to Cultural Heritage. On these topics, he took part in international conferences and he is author of national and international scientific papers. In the last years, he’s also developing research activities on web-based technologies, virtual environment and algorithm-aided design for architectural modeling.​

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Prof. Roberto di Giulio
University of Ferrara, Italy
T his project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 665220.