Heritage Interpretation Visualization and Experience (HIVE) Lab

The Heritage Interpretation Visualization and Experience (HIVE) Lab is the research lab of Assistant Professor Nicola Lercari and is currently based out of the University of California, Merced. The HIVE Lab is located in the Classroom and Office Building 2 (COB2), the newest building on campus, in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts.  

The lab is home to an interdisciplinary group of researchers, at the postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate level, investigating a broad range of topics including digital heritage, digital archaeology, remote sensing for heritage diagnostics, unmanned aerial systems, virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (A/R).  

The HIVE lab focuses on developing new knowledge and methods in heritage preservation and to understanding how digital technologies influence cultural awareness and participation in the protection of natural and cultural resources in California and worldwide.  

The labis a cutting-edge research facility equipped with small UAS, laser scanners, multispectral and hyperspectral cameras, VR and A/R headsets, data processing and analysis software that allow its members to discover, develop, and implement data science workflows that span the fieldwork, analysis, visualization, and simulation of heritage data.