Digital Cultural Heritage in Greece and Beyond

George Pavlidis, Greek engineer and archaeologist


Date: 2017-03-27
Time: 5pm - 7pm
Location: Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego

Guest Speaker: George Pavlidis, ATHENA Research Center (Greece)
Research Director

Host: CCAS Director Thomas E. Levy


This special lecture by Greek engineer and research director George Pavlidis is organized by the Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability (CCAS) in the Qualcomm Institute, in which Pavlidis is an International Partner.

For more than 15 years, Dr. George Pavlidis and his team at the ATHENA Research and Innovation Center in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies in Greece have been digitally recording, measuring, analyzing, studying and disseminating Greek cultural heritage, from antiquity to the present day. In collaboration with professor Tom Levy in the UC San Diego Department of Anthropology at UC San Diego and the UC CCAS, Pavlidis has been studying the sanctuary at Delphi, one of the most famous ancient sites in Greece. He will present the results of his research in this talk on Greece's cultural heritage. Among the questions that Pavlidis will try to answer:

  • What is cultural heritage?
  • Why is it important and what do we do to preserve it?
  • How can modern digital technologies help us study, conserve, preserve and disseminate cultural heritage: and
  • How can we all gain from digital cultural heritage, whether we are scientists, researchers, teachers or perpetual learners.

This special seminar is co-organized by CCAS, the UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities, and the Center for Hellenic Studies in the UC San Diego Department of History. 

Come celebrate Greek Independence Day!


Dr. George Pavlidis received  his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Democritus University of Thrace in 2005, with a dissertation on digital image processing, which earned him an Ericsson Award of Excellence in Telecommunications. Since 2001, he has worked on many R&D projects with an emphasis on multimedia systems in culture and education. Pavlidis is currently Research Director at the ATHENA Research Center, where he heads the Multimedia Research Group and the Clepsydra Cultural Heritage Digitization Center. Pavlides is also an adjunct faculty member at TEI of East Macedonia and ThraceHis research interests involve 2D/3D imaging, CBIR, multimedia technologies, human-computer interaction, intelligent user interfaces, multi-sensory environments and ambient intelligence, 3D digitization and reconstruction, 3D-GIS and mixed/augmented/virtual reality.