Digital Cultural Heritage Lab, Cyprus University of Technology
Dr. Marinos Ioannides has been the director of the Digital Heritage lab at the Cyprus University of Technology in Limassol since January 2013. The lab is the fastest growing research centre on the island and has been awarded several EU projects since its inception four years ago (total budget for CUT: 7.5 MEuro).
He received his MSc in computer science at the University of Stuttgart, Germany where his thesis on the safety and security of multitasking database systems was undertaken at the HP European Headquarters. He received his PhD (Dr.-Eng) at the same university, where he participated in several EU and national research projects. His PhD focused on the 3D reconstruction of objects from digitized data in CAD/CIM.
He was the chairman of the joint international conferences CIPA and VAST2006 (www.cipavast2006.org) and VSMM2008 (www.vsmm2008.org) in Cyprus and the permanent chair of the biannual EuroMed conference (www.euromed2012.eu / www.euromed2014.eu / www.euromed2016.eu and www.euromed2018.eu) which were dedicated to innovation in Digital Heritage.
In 1994 he received the unique EU KIT award from the European Commission for his achievements, and in 2010 he was awarded the prestigious Tartessos prize for his successes in 3D-documentation in cultural heritage from the Spanish and European Association of Virtual Archaeology. In 2017 he received the prestigious UNESCO Chair Award on Digital Cultural Heritage, which is the only Chair in this area of Education, Science and Technology in the world, as well as the EU Innovation Award at the Innovators in Cultural Heritage Fair in Brussels and the prestigious EU ERA Chair award on Digital Heritage with a 2.5 MEuro financial support in order to establish a regional centre of Excellence in Cyprus in 2018. In 2019 the European Commission declared his project MSCA ITN-DCH as one of the best five projects in the “Life Changing innovation project” category in the last decade (2009-2019).
Marinos Ioannides was the Coordinator of the Marie Curie Fellowship Project FP7-PEOPLE ITN2013 ITN-DCH project on Digital Heritage (www.itn-dch.eu) and the coordinator of the H2020-SC6- CSA ViMM (Virtual Multimodal Museum – www.vi-mm.eu), which is responsible for developing the white paper for EU investment in Horizon Europe in the area of Digital Heritage. Marinos was the chair of the EU Digital Library Europeana Task Force Group on Advances in 3D documentation of cultural heritage assets.