Cultural heritage is one of the main cultural assets of many countries: it is involved in the development of human history, culture, arts, philosophy, etc. Moreover, it is a successful driver for the economic development of a territory, effectively contributing to its evolution and progress. On the other hand, new technologies are continuously developed in order to help academics, practitioners and specialists to discover and preserve cultural heritage; new technologies are also developed for making more usable cultural heritage to the general public.

Among these new technologies, robotics can play a key role for discovering, preserving, and making more usable this treasure that every culture owns. The robots, for example, can navigate and explore, build textured 3D models including a semantic interpretation and return back on their own.

The IRCCH workshop aims at bringing together researchers, practitioners and domain experts sharing the latest advances in the state of the art on the field of robotics applied in the cultural heritage field, with the intent of encouraging discussions and exchanges of ideas across a wide range of robotics innovations for any aspect regarding the field of cultural heritage. Finally, it explores how robotic computing and artificial intelligence can be designed and implemented to improve the urban environment. Interdisciplinary works are welcome and encouraged.


Topics of Interest

  • Robotics for surveillance and protection of cultural heritage sites
  • Robotics for fruition of cultural heritage
  • Virtual robots as guides
  • Robotics and preservation of cultural heritage
  • Robotics for detection and exploring cultural heritage sites
  • Cognitive Robotics oriented to cultural heritage
  • Mechatronics and cultural heritage
  • Hybrid architectures for cultural heritage
  • Robotics, heritage sites, and the sea
  • Innovative technologies for cultural heritage
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Robotic design
  • Smart navigating and learning
  • Smart sensors for smarter robots
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Social robotic interfaces and interaction with human
  • Learning and problem solving in cultural heritage robots
  • Theoretical issues related to robotics and cultural heritage


Organizing Advisory Committee

Daniela D’Auria, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Giovanni Pilato, Italian National Research Council, Italy
Hooman Samani, National Taipei University, Taiwan


Program Committee

Marco Ceccarelli, University of Cassino, Italy
Michela Cigola, University of Cassino, Italy
Areti Damala, University of Strathclyde, UK
Maria Luce Lupetti, University of Turin, Italy
Johan Oomen, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Netherlands


Paper Submission

Manuscripts must be written (6 pages maximum, all included) in English and follow the instructions in the Manuscript Formatting and Templates page given in IRC 2017 website in the “Submission” section.

Papers must be original and not be submitted to or accepted by any other conference or journal. Only electronic submission will be accepted. Manuscripts may only be submitted in PDF format. Each paper will be peer-reviewed. Papers accepted by the workshop will be published in the conference proceedings published by IEEE Computer Society Press. Outstanding papers will be invited to submit an extended version for possible publication in prestigious journals.

Papers should be submitted through the Easychair System.



Workshop Paper Submission Deadline: January 7, 2017
Workshop Paper Acceptance Notification: January 31, 2017