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Biographical Info of Maurizio Forte

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Topics: Digital Archaeology, Roman Archaeology, Etruscology, Cybernetics, Neuro-Art, Virtual Heritage, Serious Games, Virtual Reality


Maurizio Forte, PhD, is William and Sue Gross Professor of Classical Studies Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University. He is also the founder of the DIG@Lab (for a digital knowledge of the past) at Duke.

He was professor of World Heritage at the University of California, Merced, (School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts) and Director of the Virtual Heritage Lab. He was Chief of Research at CNR (Italian National Research Council) of “Virtual Heritage: integrated digital technologies for knowledge and communication of cultural heritage through virtual reality systems”, Senior Scientist at CNR’s Institute for Technologies Applied to the Cultural Heritage (ITABC), and Professor of "Virtual Environments for Cultural Heritage" in the “Master of Science in Communication Technology-Enhanced Communication for Cultural Heritage”at the University of Lugano.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Ancient History (archaeology), and a Diploma of specialization in Archaeology, from the University of Bologna, and his PhD in Archaeology from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.  He has coordinated archaeological fieldwork and research projects in Italy  as well as Ethiopia, Egypt, Syria, Kazakhstan, Peru, China, Oman, India, Honduras, Turkey, USA and Mexico.  He is editor and author of several books including “Virtual Archaeology” (1996), Virtual Reality in Archaeology (2000), “From Space to Place” (2006), “La Villa di Livia. Un percorso di ricerca di archeologia virtual” (2008) and he has written more than 200 scientific papers.


  • 2002 Best paper award for the cultural merit at the world conference “Creative and digital culture”, (VSMM 2002, Gyeongju, South Korea)
  • 2005 E-content Award, 1st prize, category e-learning,
  • 2008, Best Paper Award for Cultural Merit, category Short paper, International conference VSMM 2008, Cyprus.
  • 2008 E-content Award Italy, 1st prize, Category e-learning.
  • 2008 E-content Award Italy, 1st prize, Category e-culture.
  • 2008-2009 Tartessos Prize on Virtual Archaeology, from the Spanish Society of Virtual Archaeology (SEAV).
  • 2010 Best Paper Award at the 16th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia, Seoul, Korea, with the paper “Cyberarchaeology: Experimenting with Teleimmersive Archaeology”
  • 2012. Special Award “High Tech Heritage”, UMass University, Massachusetts.

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