Advances in Imaging Techniques for Discovery, Monitoring and Diagnosis of the State of Conservation of Archaeological Discoveries and Historic Sites


Morello Rosario Morello

Rosario Morello

University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy

Fabbiano Laura Fabbiano

Laura Fabbiano

Politecnico di Bari, Italy

Gennaro Andrea Maria Gennaro

Andrea Maria Gennaro

Italian Ministry of Culture, SABAP-RC, Archaeological Superintendence of Reggio Calabria and Vibo Valentia, Italy


This Special Session intends to encourage submission of original research papers concerning instrumentation, sensing systems and measurement techniques based on imaging for diagnosis and monitoring the conservation state of archaeological discoveries, sites and ruins. Imaging-based diagnostic techniques represent essential tools for monitoring and preserving non-invasively the state of conservation of archaeological discoveries and historic sites. Nowadays, several imaging techniques are extensively used for contactless measurement and for monitoring the integrity of archaeological discoveries. For example, active thermography and microwave reflectometry c an be used to diagnose cracks. Magnetic Resonance Imaging, tomography, x-ray are further diagnostic techniques based on electromagnetic fields which are used to study and inspect discoveries. Nevertheless, several perspectives and open research problems have to be still investigated, as a consequence advances and new approaches are an interesting frontier in archaeology. This Special Session aims to collect manuscripts that will give significant contributions in the field of imaging-based techniques addressed to reliable diagnosis, integrity status screening for preserving archaeological heritage and historic sites. Further topics concern the definition of procedures and methods for signal treatment standards, maintenance and calibration, reliability and failure assessment of instrumentation used in this field.


Main topics include:

  • imaging techniques
  • image processing
  • imaging-based diagnostic techniques
  • microwave reflectometry
  • ultrasounds, X-rays
  • maintenance and calibration of instrumentation
  • failure assessment
  • measurement procedures
  • thermography and thermal analysis

The Special Session aims to provide an overview of advances and the latest novel and emergent technologies, implementations and applications concerning the conservation state assessment of archaeological heritage by using imaging-based sensing techniques.


Rosario Morello was born in Reggio Calabria, Italy, in 1978. He received the M.Sc. Degree (cum laude) in Electronic Engineering and the Ph.D. Degree in Electrical and Automation Engineering from the University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy, in 2002 and 2006, respectively. Since 2005, he has been temporary Professor of Electrical and Electronic Measurements at the Department DIIES of the same University. At the moment, he is Associate Professor and Scientific Director of the Advanced Thermography Center at Dept. DIIES, University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy. His main research interests include advanced thermography, the design and characte! rizatio n of distributed and intelligent measurement systems, wireless sensor network, environmental monitoring, decision-making problems and measurement uncertainty, process quality assurance, instrumentation reliability and calibration, biomedical applications and statistical signal processing, non-invasive systems, archeology, measurement instrumentation and methodologies related to Healthcare Systems. Prof. Morello is a member of the Italian Group of Electrical and Electronic Measurements (GMEE).

Laura Fabbiano received her MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering at the Politecnico di Bari University, Italy, discussing her thesis in Electrical measurements. She currently holds the associate professor position in Mechanical and Thermal Measurements at the Department of Mechanics, Mathematics and Management, Politecnico di Bari University.
Since 2003 her scientific interests relate to research topics in the field of measurements, in particular acoustic and vibration sensors and actuators, laser technology and thermography. In addition, she deals with the uncertainty theory. Since 2010 she focuses her interests on mechanical and thermal measurements regarding fluid dynamic measurements, flow sensors and vibrations induced by fluid turbulence onto the pipe walls, mostly making use of laser instrumentation.

Andrea Maria Gennaro received her MS in Archaeology and PhD degrees in Cultural Heritage Studies at the University of Catania, Italy, discussing his PhD thesis in Remote Sensing. Since 2018 he has been archaeologist at the Italian ministry of Culture, Superintendency of Reggio Calabria and Vibo Valentia. His scientific interest is related with ceramic studies, Classical and Christian and Byzantine Archaeology. In addition, he enthusiastically embraced archaeological science and computer science in his research, focusing on Imaging-based techniques for the documentation, interpretation, global dissemination and preservation of archaeological heritage with several projects in Italy.




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