SCAN4RECO Newsletter No.2 (October 2016)

SCAN4RECO is a 3-year Research and Innovation Action (2015-2018) where 9 partners from 5 countries collaborate in developing ICT solutions for efficient restoration and prevention of degradation of cultural heritage objects. The need to preserve, provide advanced access to and understanding of cultural heritage is of utmost importance, especially when considering its wealth throughout Europe.

SCAN4RECO 1st year anniversary

In October 2016 one year has passed since the SCAN4RECO project has started operating. During this time a number of activities have been accomplished, from consolidation of user needs leading to the formulation of system specification, based on which the system architecture has been consolidated and first developments of basic technological enablers pursued. Applied research has been pursued resulting in over twenty publications in peer-reviewed conferences and journals. Collaborations with similar projects has been established. The SCAN4RECO project has also sought wide visibility through presentations at various high-publicity events. More information about each of those activities is given below.

First Concept Architecture

The overall architecture has been developed, which is intended to be modular and easily customized, using a toolbox approach that supports flexible mixing and matching of individual components to address end user needs. The definition of the multilevel architecture structure and of its components has been derived from the breakdown of the conceptual architecture described in the project grant into a series of high-level functionalities and system requirements (technical, functional, operational) that map the conceptual core elements to the end-user needs (deliverable D2.3). The resulting architecture is modular, multi-level, and flexible, as individual components and component subsets are loosely connected and can be used all together or standalone in order to perform specific tasks. You can see below the function composition of sub-systems and modules with indication of their inter-relationships. Description of functionalities and design details can be found in deliverable D2.3.

Note that the system architecture might be subject to further iterative refinements subject to changing market needs, availability of new commercial technologies, new research outcomes and due to other earlier unforeseen circumstances. Next project activities will now be pursued in technological work-packages (WP3-WP6) while side activities will commence on integration and validation in real-life trials (WP6-WP7). Progress on those activities will be reported in the next newsletters.

The list of Public Deliverables produced by the SCAN4RECO project to date can be downloaded for FREE from:

SCAN4RECO presented at Horizon 2020 Reflective 2014 & 2015 Projects' Joint Conference "Understanding Europe – Promoting the European Public and Cultural Space"

The conference organised by EC DG-RTD Unit B6 "Open and Inclusive Societies" and hosted in Brussels on the 17-18th of October 2016, addressed key issues of (digital) cultural heritage, identifying formation as well as intellectual, artistic, creative and historical legacy of the European Union. The conference aimed at discussing with new projects selected for Horizon 2020 funding under the H2020-REFLECTIVE-2014 & 2015 call the policy aspects of their research objectives.

Photos from the event are published on SCAN4RECO Facebook page.

Scan4Reco to be presented at the “Cultural Heritage: Reuse Remake Reimagine” Conference, Berlin,
21-22nd October 2016

The SCAN4RECO project has been invited to participate in the 3rd "Networking Session of EU Projects on Cultural Heritage" hosted by the E-Space and organised by the Europeana Space Best Practice Network in Berlin at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart on the 21-22nd of November 2016. Such networking events represent an opportunity to reflect on the impact that cultural heritage projects deliver, identify opportunities to improve the effectiveness of their results, and identify synergies and the potential for collaboration among projects.

Scientific Dissemination

The following list includes publications and presentations made over the period of the last three months, i.e. since the previous edition of the SCAN4RECO Newsletter.

Conferences and Workshops:

  • Daffara C., N. Gaburro, G. Marchioro, A. Romeo, G. Basilissi, A. Cagnini and M. Galeotti, “Laser conoscopic holography for the assessment of the effects of traditional and innovative cleaning treatments of silver”, presented at the 11th Conference on Lasers in the Conservation of Artworks (Lacona11), Session 5: “Coherent techniques”, Krakow (Poland), 20-23rd of September 2016.

  • Dimitriou N., A. Drosou and D. Tzovaras, "Scan4Reco: Towards the digitized conservation of Cultural Heritage Assets via spatiotemporal (4D) Reconstruction and 3D Printing", presented at the 14th EUROGRAPHICS Workshop on Graphics and Cultural Heritage, Genova, Italy, 5-7th of October 2016.

  • Ciortan I., R. Pintus, G. Marchioro, C. Daffara, A. Giachetti, and E. Gobbetti, "A Practical Reflectance Transformation Imaging Pipeline for Surface Characterization in Cultural Heritage", presented at the 14th EUROGRAPHICS Workshop on Graphics and Cultural Heritage, Genova, Italy, 5-7th of October 2016.

  • Karagiannis G., M. Stefanidou, G. Apostolidis, and K. Matziaris, "Application of acoustic microscopy technique for the evaluation of the optimal application of the rendering to masonry", presented at the 4th Historic Mortars Conference (HMC'2016), Santorini, Greece, 10-12th October 2016.

  • Bui Minh Vu, Tejas Madan Tanksale, P. Urban and S. Nakauchi, “Visual perception of 3D printed translucent objects”, accepted for the 24th Colour and Imaging Conference (CIC24), San Diego (USA), 7-11th of November 2016.

  • Papadopoulos S., A. Drosou and D. Tzovaras, “A Hierarchical Scale-and-Stretch Approach for Image Retargeting”, accepted for the 12th Signal International Conference on Signal Image Technology and Internet based systems (SITIS'2016), Naples (Italy), 28th of November to 1st of December 2016.

  • Dimitriou N., A. Drosou and D. Tzovaras, “Scan4Reco: Towards the digitized conservation of Cultural Heritage Assets via spatiotemporal (4D) Reconstruction and 3D Printing”, accepted for the EUROGRAPHICS Workshop on Graphics and Cultural Heritage (GCH 2016), Genova (Italy), 5-7th of October 2016.

  • Krukowski A. and E. Vogiatzaki, “Improved High-Resolution3D Modelling of Cultural Heritage Objects by Combining 2D Raster Images with Rough Depth Information: Horizon 2020 SCAN4RECO project", considered for presentation at the 12th International conference on Non-destructive Investigations and Micro-Analysis for the Diagnostics and Conservation of Cultural and Environmental Heritage (ART’2017), venue moved from Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) to Italy (venue TBC), November 2017.

Journals ans Magazines:

  • R. Pintus, I. Ciortan, A. Giachetti and E. Gobbetti, "Practical Free-form RTI Acquisition with Local Spot Lights", to appear in the Proceedings of Smart Tools and Apps for Graphics (STAG'2016).

For the full list of publications produced in the SCAN4RECO project please refer to:

Work produced in the SCAN4RECO project, which is licensed for distribution via Open Access is available at the "SCAN4ECO Community" on the ZENODO portal:


SCAN4RECO - "Multimodal Scanning of Cultural Heritage Assets for their multimodal digitization and preventive conservation via spatiotemporal 4D Reconstruction and 3D Printing" - is
a Research and Innovation Action (RIA) project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon'2020 Framework Programme

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