Nicola Lercari

Name: Nicola Lercari, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor of World Heritage
Affiliation: School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

Faculty web page: faculty.ucmerced.edu/nlercari

Nicola Lercari, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of World Heritage in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at UC Merced. He investigates digital preservation of heritage, cross-media systems for museums, and the analytical and interpretative role of the visualization of the past.

Nicola received his Ph.D. in history and computing from the University of Bologna, Italy, with a dissertation on the visualization of medieval urban spaces. Nicola has worked on several digital humanities initiatives both in Italy (CINECA supercomputing center and University of Bologna) and in the United States (UC Merced and Duke University).

Nicola is a founding member of the UC Merced World Heritage program, where he promotes digital scholarship activities that bridge interdisciplinary knowledge from fields such as remote sensing, GIS, 3-D visualization and community-engaged research. Nicola is part of an international research project at Çatalhöyük (excavation and digital documentation of the Neolithic city and UNESCO site of Çatalhöyük in Central Anatolia, Turkey) as supervisor for laser scanning, digital documentation and real-time visualization.

Read an interview with Professor Lercari from 2015 to learn more