ATHENA. Remote Sensing Science Center for Cultural Heritage


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Project title
ATHENA. Remote Sensing Science Center for Cultural Heritage
Code
H2020-TWINN-2015-CSA
Project Coordinator
Start date
01-12-2015
Expected Completion
30-11-2018
 
Abstract
The “ATHENA” proposal aims to establish a Center of Excellence in the field of Remote Sensing for Cultural Heritage in the areas of Archaeology and Cultural Heritage through the development of an enhanced knowledge base and innovative methods. This center will be established by twinning the existing Remote Sensing and Geo-environment Research Laboratory at the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) with internationally-leading counterparts from other Member States of the EU, such as the Institute of Archaeological and Architectural Heritage of the National Research Council of Italy (IBAM- CNR) and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). The goals of the Center will be aligned with the Smart Specialization Strategy of Cyprus. The close collaboration between CUT and other experts in the field of Remote Sensing for Cultural Heritage in the EU will form a synergic network that will permit the transfer of knowledge and training of the existing personnel of CUT. As a result, the ATHENA project will have both direct and indirect social, scientific, and economic outcomes. In addition, the implementation of the project will facilitate future collaborations with experts of the Archaeology and Cultural Heritage sector in an EU level, increase the Centers’ research capabilities, as well as enhance the research and academic profile of all participants. It is noteworthy to underline the importance of the geographical position of the Center in the region of eastern Mediterranean, a region inhabited thousands of years before and therefore abound in archaeological residues. In periods of economic instability, national considerations are overruling the process of European integration. Cultural Heritage (CH) is an integral element of a European set of values and respect for heritage is vital for developing a common European identity. CH sector has always been facing a number of challenges that have increased with the financial crisis that has hit Europe. To name a few, these challenges include the decrease of public budgets, urbanisation, globalisation and technological changes. Within this context, CH professionals are seeking to improve currently used methodologies, in order to better understand, protect and valorise the common European past and common identity. “ATHENA” will seek to improve and expand the capabilities of collaboration between lowperforming and leading institutions, involving professionals dealing with remote sensing technologies for supporting CH sector. The “ATHENA” project is built around EU policies and international conventions related to Cultural Heritage protection, management and best practice (e.g. Europa Nostra policy documents; COM (2014) 477; UNESCO and EU conventions and multilateral treaties related to the protection of tangible Cultural Heritage).
 
Keyword(s)
Remote sensing archaeology
Cultural heritage preservation

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1Apr-2017Active satellite sensors for the needs of cultural heritage: introducing SAR applications in Cyprus through ATHENA projectKouhartsiouk, Demetris ; Agapiou, Athos ; Lysandrou, Vasiliki ; Themistocleous, Kyriacos ; Nisantzi, Argyro ; Hadjimitsis, Diofantos G. ; Lasaponara, Rosa ; Masini, Nicola ; Brcic, Ramon ; Eineder, Michael ; Krauss, Thomas ; Cerra, Daniele ; Gessner, Ursula ; Schreier, Gunter 
2Feb-2017Advancing archaeological research through remote sensing: the example of Tylliria area in CyprusLysandrou, Vasiliki ; Agapiou, Athos 
3Apr-2018ATHENA project: training activities for the detection of looted archaeological sitesHadjimitsis, Diofantos G. ; Christofe, Andreas ; Agapiou, Athos ; Lysandrou, Vasiliki ; Themistocleous, Kyriacos ; Lasaponara, Rosa ; Masini, Nicola 
4Sep-2016ATHENA: center of excellence in Cyprus in the field of remote sensing for cultural heritage in the areas of archaeology and cultural heritageHadjimitsis, Diofantos G. ; Agapiou, Athos ; Themistocleous, Kyriacos ; Cuca, Branka ; Nisantzi, Argyro ; Lasaponara, Rosa ; Nolè, Gabriele ; Tucci, B. ; Masini, Nicola ; Krauss, Thomas ; Cerra, Daniele ; Gessner, Ursula ; Schreier, Günter 
5Apr-2016ATHENA: remote sensing science center for cultural heritage in CyprusHadjimitsis, Diofantos G. ; Agapiou, Athos ; Lysandrou, Vasiliki ; Themistocleous, Kyriacos ; Cuca, Branka ; Lasaponara, Rosa ; Masini, Nicola ; Krauss, Thomas ; Cerra, Daniele ; Gessner, Ursula ; Schreier, Gunter 
61-Apr-2016Automatic damage detection for sensitive cultural heritage sitesCerra, Daniele ; Tian, Jiaojiao ; Lysandrou, Vasiliki ; Plank, Simon 
7Apr-2017Coastal archaeological sites and coastline changes: a multi-temporal GIS study based on aerial and satellite imageries in CyprusAgapiou, Athos ; Lysandrou, Vasiliki ; Zorpas, Eleftherios ; Hadjimitsis, Diofantos G. 
8Sep-2017Copernicus and cultural heritage in the Eastern Mediterranean under the ‘ATHENA’ projectAgapiou, Athos ; Lysandrou, Vasiliki ; Themistocleous, Kyriacos ; Kouhartsiouk, Demetris ; Nisantzi, Argyro ; Cerra, Daniele ; Gessner, Ursula ; Krauss, Thomas ; Schreier, Gunter ; Lasaponara, Rosa ; Masini, Nicola ; Hadjimitsis, Diofantos G. 
9Aug-2017Correlating damage condition with historical seismic activity in underground sepulchral monuments of CyprusKyriakides, Nicholas ; Lysandrou, Vasiliki ; Agapiou, Athos ; Illampas, Rogiros ; Charalambous, Eleftherios 
1021-Sep-2016Cultural heritage sites in danger-towards automatic damage detection from spaceCerra, Daniele ; Plank, Simon ; Lysandrou, Vasiliki ; Tian, Jiaojiao 
11Sep-2016Educational activities of remote sensing archaeologyHadjimitsis, Diofantos G. ; Agapiou, Athos ; Lysandrou, Vasiliki ; Themistocleous, Kyriacos ; Cuca, Branka ; Nisantzi, Argyro ; Lasaponara, Rosa ; Masini, Nicola ; Krauss, Thomas ; Cerra, Daniele ; Gessner, Ursula ; Schreier, Gunter 
12Dec-2016Elaborating latent and apparent knowledge configurations in Hellenistic-and Roman landscape of CyprusLysandrou, Vasiliki ; Agapiou, Athos 
13Apr-2016Establishment of a center of excellence in the field of remote sensing for cultural heritage at the Cyprus university of technology: the ‘ATHENA’ Horizon 2020 Twinning projectHadjimitsis, Diofantos G. ; Agapiou, Athos ; Lysandrou, Vasiliki ; Themistocleous, Kyriacos ; Cuca, Branka ; Nisantzi, Argyro ; Lasaponara, Rosa ; Masini, Nicola ; Krauss, Thomas ; Cerra, Daniele ; Gessner, Ursula ; Schreier, Gunter 
14Mar-2017Exploitation of big data cloud infrastructures for earth observation cultural heritage applications: mapping the land use changes patterns in the vicinity of “the Great Pyramid at Giza”Agapiou, Athos 
15Sep-2017Exploring the importance of monitoring the fire risk index in the vicinity of cultural heritage sites in Cyprus using sentinel remote sensing dataAgapiou, Athos ; Lysandrou, Vasiliki ; Kouhartsiouk, Demetris ; Themistocleous, Kyriacos ; Nisantzi, Argyro ; Hadjimitsis, Diofantos G. ; Lasaponara, Rosa ; Masini, Nicola ; Krauss, Thomas ; Cerra, Daniele ; Gessner, Ursula ; Schreier, Gunter 
16May-2017From detection of underground archaeological relics to monitoring of World Heritage Sites in danger: ongoing research activities in the frame of the ATHENA twinning projectCerra, Daniele ; Agapiou, Athos ; Plank, Simon ; Lysandrou, Vasiliki ; Tian, Jiaojiao ; Themistocleous, Kyriacos ; Hadjimitsis, Diofantos G. ; Schreier, Gunter 
17Sep-2017From space to ground. Digital techniques for the investigation of monuments and sitesLysandrou, Vasiliki ; Agapiou, Athos ; Kyriakides, Nicholas ; Hadjimitsis, Diofantos G. 
181-Jun-2017Fusion of satellite multispectral images based on ground-penetrating radar (GPR) data for the investigation of buried concealed archaeological remainsAgapiou, Athos ; Lysandrou, Vasiliki ; Sarris, Apostolos ; Papadopoulos, Nikos ; Hadjimitsis, Diofantos G. 
1914-Mar-2018Integrated investigation of built heritage monuments: the case study of Paphos Harbour Castle, CyprusLysandrou, Vasiliki ; Agapiou, Athos ; Ioannides, Manolis ; Kantiranis, Nikolaos ; Charalambous, Eleftherios ; Hadjimitsis, Diofantos G. 
20Apr-2018Knowledge transfer through the ATHENA Twinning project: remote sensing for cultural heritageHadjimitsis, Diofantos G. ; Christofe, Andreas ; Agapiou, Athos ; Lysandrou, Vasiliki ; Tzouvaras, Marios ; Papoutsa, Christiana ; Mamouri, Rodanthi-Elisavet ; Mettas, Christodoulos ; Evagorou, Evagoras G. ; Themistocleous, Kyriacos ; Lasaponara, Rosa ; Masini, Nicola ; Danese, Maria ; Sileo, Maria ; Krauss, Thomas ; Cerra, Daniele ; Gessner, Ursula ; Schreier, Gunter