Special Issue "Data Acquisition and Processing in Cultural Heritage"

Dear Colleagues,

The increasing spread of digital techniques for Cultural Heritage with regards to recording, documentation, monitoring, representation, management, and valorization by complex information systems makes an extensive scientific discussion of the methods adopted for data acquisition and processing increasingly important.

Research innovations, new tools and best practices, both in terms of data capture and in their elaboration and modelling, can be shared and discussed to identify the most efficient and effective solutions in a rapidly-evolving sector. We believe that a wide spectrum of applications can benefit from this dialogue, allowing new studies and analyses and supporting better heritage knowledge and better conservation or restoration policies.

Aim of this Special Issue

This Special Issue aims to present and promote innovative concepts, technologies, methods, and tools in the acquisition and processing of metric and semantic data for Cultural Heritage applications, facilitating the dialogue in the Geomatics scientific community, and in relation to other related research fields, such as computer graphics, conservation, restoration and management of Cultural Heritage.

This Special Issue brings together scientists, developers and advanced users in 3D data acquisition, processing and visualization, aiming to encourage cooperation and practice sharing in the various fields where 3D technologies are nowadays used.


In line with the context and aims outlined above, we invite original research contributions on the following topics:

  • Innovative techniques for range-based and image-based data acquisition and processing
  • New developments in sensors and special devices for Cultural Heritage surveying and monitoring
  • Advances in 3D modelling pipeline
  • Device calibration for 3D data acquisition
  • Automation of processes in sensor and multi-resolution data fusion
  • Semantic classification of cloud points
  • Innovative platforms for HBIM
  • Database organization for HBIM
  • Change detection procedures for Cultural Heritage
  • Heritage monitoring by advanced remote sensed methods
  • Quality evaluation and standards in Cultural Heritage recording and documentation
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality for Cultural Heritage

Special Issue Editors:

Prof. Gabriele Bitelli

Prof. Fulvio Rinaudo

Prof. Diego Gonzalez-Aguilera

Prof. Pierre Grussenmeyer


For further information please visit the MDPI webpage



Tech4Culture - Calls for Applications

The University of Torino, with the support of the European Commission and the banking foundation Compagnia di San Paolo, is going to launch PhD Technology Driven Sciences: Technologies for Cultural Heritage (Tech4Culture)”, a new doctoral programme in “Heritage Sciences” specifically focused on technologies applied to Cultural Heritage. Tech4Culture is funded under the H2020‐MSCA‐ COFUND‐2016 scheme (Grant agreement N. 754511).

Tech4Culture aims to create experts able to develop technological solutions for the restoration, the diagnostics, the use and promotion of cultural heritage, with a direct impact on both regional and national research systems. The project pays particular attention at involving key sectors and companies in the non‐academic field and at providing excellent training to PhD students for the acquisition of transferable skills.

for more information, please go to the webpage.