N. Lercari Curricula Vitae

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Nicola Lercari

Assistant Professor of World Heritage

School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts

University of California, Merced

Office Phone: (209) 720-7124

Email: nlercari@ucmerced.edu

Website: http://faculty.ucmerced.edu/nlercari

http://worldheritage.ucmerced.edu

EMPLOYMENT

2015 – Present  Assistant Professor of World Heritage, School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts, University of California, Merced.

2013 – 2014       Postdoctoral Associate in Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, Duke University.

2011 – 2012       Postdoctoral Scholar in Digital Humanities, University of California, Merced.

2010 – 2012       Lecturer, University of California, Merced.

EDUCATION

2011     Ph.D., History and Computing, University of Bologna (equivalent to CIP Code 11.0104 Informatics).

Dissertation Title: The Language of Cultural Virtual Environments: Nu.M.E. Project and the Virtual Reconstruction of Bologna.

Committee: Prof. Francesca Bocchi (Chair), Prof. Evelina Lamma, Prof. Marco Gribaudo, and Antonella Guidazzoli.

2007     M.A., Film Studies and Multimedia Production (Magna Cum Laude), University of Bologna.

2004     B.A., major in Media Studies (Magna Cum Laude), University of Genova.

PUBLICATIONS

Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals

2017     Lercari, N., Shiferaw, E., Forte, M., Kopper, R. (2017). Immersive Visualization and Curation of Archaeological Heritage Data: Çatalhöyük and the Dig@IT App. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory (2017). DOI: 10.1007/s10816-017-9340-4.  

2017     Lercari, N. (2017). 3D Visualization and Reflexive Archaeology: A Virtual Reconstruction of Çatalhöyük History Houses. Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, 6 (2017), DOI: 10.1016/j.daach.2017.03.001.

2015     Berggren, A., Dell’Unto, N., Forte, M., Haddow S., Hodder, I., Issavi J., Lercari, N., Mazzuccato, C., Mickel, Al., Taylor. J.S. (2015). Revisiting reflexive archaeology at Çatalhöyük: integrating digital and 3D technologies at the trowel’s edge. Antiquity, 89(344), 433-448. DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2014.43.

2012     Forte, M., Dell’Unto, N., Issavi, J., Onsurez, L., Lercari, N. (2012). 3D Archaeology at Çatalhöyük. International Journal of Heritage in the Digital Era, 1(3), 351-378. DOI: 10.1260/2047-4970.1.3.351 

Chapters in Peer-reviewed scholarly books

2018     Lercari, N. (in press). Virtually Rebuilding Çatalhöyük History houses. In I. Hodder (Ed.), Religion, History and Place in the Origin of Settled Life. Boulder: University Press of Colorado. 

2016     Lercari, N. (2016). Terrestrial Laser Scanning in the Age of Sensing. In M. Forte, S. Campana (Eds.), Digital Methods and Remote Sensing in Archaeology (pp.3-33). New York: Springer. ISBN: 978-3-319-40658-9.

2016     Lercari, N. (2016). Simulating History in Virtual Worlds. In Y. Sivan (Ed.), Handbook on 3D3C Platforms: Applications and Tools for Three Dimensional Systems for Community, Creation and Commerce (pp. 337-352). New York: Springer. ISBN: 978-3-319-22041-3; DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-22041-3_13.

2016     Forte, M., Dell'Unto, N., Jonsson, K., Lercari, N. Interpretation Process at Çatalhöyük using 3D. (2015). In I. Hodder, A. Marciniak (Eds.), Assembling Çatalhöyük (pp.43-57). New York: Routledge. ISBN: 978-1-910526-00-2.

2014     Lercari, N., Mortara, M., Forte, M. (2014). Unveiling California history through serious games: Fort Ross Virtual Warehouse. In A. De Gloria (Ed.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Games and Learning Alliance. (pp. 236-251). Berlin: Springer. ISBN: 978-3-319-12157-4.  

2011     Lercari, N. (2011). Nuove Forme di Comunicazione per Nu.M.E. In F. Bocchi, R. Smurra (Eds.), (pp. 217-225). Bologna: Bononia University Press. ISBN: 978-88-7395-597-9.

2010     Lercari, N. (2010). An Open Source Approach to Cultural Heritage: Nu.M.E. Project and the Virtual Reconstruction of Bologna. In M. Forte (Ed.), Cyber-Archaeology (pp. 125-133). Oxford: Archaeopress, BAR Int. Series 2177.

Manuscripts Under Review and in Preparation

Under Review    Lercari, N., Arksey, M., DeLugan, R., Thornburg M., Caskey, C., Wilkinson, P., Molano, S., Renn, E., Gurevitz, A. California Gold Country’s Digital Heritage: Innovations in Community Engaged Research and Training. Collaborations: A Journal of Community-based Research and Practice.

In preparation   Lercari, N., Aboulhosn, J., Guillem, A., Duenas Garcia M., Campiani, A. Drones at the Dawn of Civilization: Assessing Drone-based Survey and Data Processing Methods at Çatalhöyük and Boncuklu Höyük.

Papers in Peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings

2016     Lercari, N., Schulze, J., Wendrich, W., Porter, B., Burton, M., Levy, T.E. (2016). 3-D Digital Preservation of At-Risk Global Cultural Heritage. Paper presented at EUROGRAPHICS Workshop on Graphics and Cultural Heritage (GCH) 2016, Genova, Italy. Oct. 5-7, 2016. DOI: 10.2312/gch.20161395.

2013     Lercari, N., Mortara, M., Forte, M. (2013). Unveiling California history through serious games: Fort Ross Virtual Warehouse. Paper presented at Games and Learning Alliance. Games and Learning Alliance (GALA), Second International Conference, Paris 2013, Paris. Oct. 23-25, 2013.

2013     Lercari, N., Forte, M., Onsurez, L., Schultz, J. (2013). Multimodal Reconstruction of Landscape in Serious Games for Heritage. An insight on the creation of Fort Ross Virtual Warehouse serious game. Paper presented at Digital Heritage International Congress 2013, Marseille, France, Oct. 28- Nov 01, 2013.

2012     Forte, M., Lercari, N., Onsurez, L., Issavi, J., Prather, E. (2012). The Fort Ross Virtual Warehouse Project: A Serious Game for Research and Education. Paper presented at 18th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia- VSMM 2012, Milano, Italy, Sept. 2-5, 2012.

2011     Lercari, N., Toffalori, E., Spigarolo, M., Onsurez, L. (2011). Virtual Heritage in the Cloud: New Perspectives for the Virtual Museum of Bologna. Paper presented at VAST 2011, 12th International Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, Prato, Italy, Oct 18-21, 2011.

2010     Forte, M., Lercari, N., Galeazzi, F., Borra, D. (2010). Metaverse Communities and Archaeology: The Case of Teramo. Paper presented at Third International Euro-Mediterranean Conference - EuroMed 2010 (pp. 79-84), Limassol, Cyprus, Nov. 8-13, 2010.

Other Conference Proceedings and Published Abstracts:

2017     Lercari, N. and Weekley, J. (2017). Leveraging Wide-Area Visualization Environments (WAVE) and the Pacific Research Platform to create At-Risk Global Heritage Networks. Paper presented at 2017 Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) International Conference, Atlanta, GA, Mar. 14-16, 2017.

2017     Lercari, N., Jaffke, D. (2017). Bodie 3D Project: Best Practices for Heritage Digital Documentation at Bodie SHP. Paper presented at the Society for California Archaeology Annual Meeting 2017, Fishcamp, CA, Mar. 9-12, 2017.

2015     Lercari, N. (2015). 3D visualization and reflexive archaeology: the virtual reconstruction of Çatalhöyük History houses. Paper presented at The 48th Chacmool Annual Conference, Calgary, Canada, Nov. 11-14, 2015.

2015     Lercari, N. (2015). Virtually Rebuilding Çatalhöyük History Houses. Paper presented at SAA 80th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, Apr 15-19, 2015.

2015     Forte, M., Lercari, N. (2015). Digital Archaeology at Çatalhöyük: New Inferential Methods for the Interpretation of Neolithic Buildings. Paper presented at SAA 80th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, Apr 15-19, 2015.

2014     Lercari, N. (2014). Towards an Immersive Interpretation of Çatalhöyük at DiVE. Paper presented at ASOR Meeting 2014, San Diego, CA, Nov 19-22, 2014.

2014     Lercari, N., Shiferaw, E., Kopper, R. (2014). Reshaping Remote Sensing and Virtual Reality at Çatalhöyük. Paper presented at Age of Sensing 5th International Conference on Remote Sensing in Archaeology, Durham, NC, Oct 13-15, 2014.

2014     Lercari, N. (2014). Terrestrial Laser Scanning at Çatalhöyük: New Methodologies, Results, and Research Perspectives. Paper presented at Age of Sensing 5th International Conference on Remote Sensing in Archaeology, Durham, NC, Oct 13-15, 2014.

2014     Forte, M., Dell’Unto, N., Haddow, S., Lercari, N., Mazzucato, C. (2014). Interpretation Process at Çatalhöyük Using 3D. Paper presented at 20th Ann. Meeting of the European Assoc. of Archaeologists, Istanbul, Turkey, 10-14 Sept., 2014.

2013     Lercari, N., Forte, M., Zielinski, D., Kopper, R., Lai, R. Çatalhöyük @ DiVE: Virtual reconstruction and immersive visualization of a Neolithic building. Paper presented at Space2Place, Digital Heritage International Congress 2013, Marseille, France, Oct. 28- Nov 01, 2013.

2013     Forte, M., Dell'Unto, N., Haddow, S., Lercari, N. 3D Documentation at Çatalhöyük: New Perspective for Digital Archaeology. Paper presented at Space2Place, Digital Heritage International Congress 2013, Marseille, France, Oct. 28- Nov 01, 2013.

2013     Campana, S., Morelli, G., Catanzariti, G., Strutt, K., Forte, M., Lercari, N. 4D Surveys at Çatalhöyük (Turkey): Magnetometry, sa-GPR & hr-GPR, Laser scanning. Paper presented at Space2Place, Digital Heritage International Congress 2013, Marseille, France, Oct. 28- Nov 01, 2013.

Research Reports

2016      Lercari, N., Lingle, A. M., Umurhan, O. (2016). Çatalhöyük Digital Preservation Project – Field season 2016 Report. Çatalhöyük Project - Stanford University.

2016      Lercari, N., Lingle, A. M. (2016). Çatalhöyük Digital Preservation Project. Çatalhöyük Project - Stanford University.

2016      Forte, M., Danelon, N., Biancifiori, E., Dell’Unto, N., Lercari, N. (2016). Building 89 and 3D Digging Project. Çatalhöyük Project - Stanford University.

2015      Forte, M., Lercari, N. (2015). Building 89 3D Digging Project. Çatalhöyük Project - Stanford University.

2014      Forte, M., Dell'Unto, N., Lercari, N. (2014). 3D Digging Projects – Season 2013. Çatalhöyük Project - Stanford University.

Invited Talks

2017     Lercari, N., Mapeo Tridimensional En Los Albores De La Civilización: Métodos 3D para la documentación, interpretación y visualización de Çatalhöyük, Turquía, National Autonomous University of Mexico City (UNAM), Mexico (May 2017).

2017     Lercari, N. and Jaffke, D., Bodie 3D Project, California State Parks Leader’s Training 2017, Asilomar, CA (January 2017).

2016     Lercari, N., History-making and religious ritual in 4D: A Spatial and Temporal Virtual Reconstruction of Çatalhöyük History Houses, New Perspectives on Çatalhöyük: 3D Visualization and Archaeology Conference, Old Dominion University, VA (December 2016).

2016     Lercari, N., Heritage Preservation and Emerging Technologies, CITRIS Research Exchange Seminar Series, UC Berkeley, CA (October 2016).

2016     Lercari, N., Bodie Digital Heritage and Pacific Research Platform, CITRIS PRP Science Engagement Workshop, UC Merced, Merced, CA (September 2016).

2016     Lercari, N., Bodie Digital Heritage Project, Geosummit 2016 – Discover the Power of GIS, UC Merced, Merced, CA (April 2016).

2016     Lercari, N., 3D Mapping at the Dawn of Civilization, Modeling Culture Conference, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA. (April 2016).

2016     Lercari, N., Interpretation Using Digital Technologies, Resources Management Cultural Advanced Training, California State Parks, Asilomar, CA (March 2016).

2015     Lercari, N., Advancements in 3D Documentation Techniques: Bodie Digital Heritage Project, California Preservation Foundation Workshop, Vallejo, CA. (November 2015).

2015     Lercari, N., Bodie Digital Heritage Project. California State Parks Transformation Team - Natural and Cultural Resources - Advisory Group Meeting, Sacramento, CA (October 2015).

2015     Lercari, N., Heritage, Reality Computing, and the Cyber Future of Humanities Scholarship. UC Cyber-Infrastructure Conference 2015, Panel: Social Sciences, Humanities, and Education, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. (April 2015).

2014     Lercari, N., From Plato’s Cave to C.A.V.E. Simulation. Seminar - Job Talk. UC Merced, Merced, CA. (March 2014).

FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, GIFTS, AWARDS

Fellowships

2017      Hellman Family Fellows Award, Digital Maya Heritage: A new approach to digital heritage documentation and dissemination in under-documented areas of Southern Mexico, $18,000, PI – Nicola Lercari.

2008       Lercari, Nicola, Ph.D. Fellowship, University of Bologna, $75,400.00. (2008 - 2010).

Grants

2017      UCMexus Small Grants 2017, Initial Development for Collaborative Opportunities between UC Merced and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM): Proyecto Regional Palenque, $1,500, PI – Nicola Lercari.

2017      National Science Foundation CC* Networking Infrastructure, Building a science DMZ network for UC Merced (NSF Award No: 1659210), $422,460, PI – Susanne Sindi; Co-PIs – Nicola Lercari, Ashlie Martini, Michael Spivey.

2017      LYRASIS with Andrew W. Mellon Foundation prime, Community Heritage Network, $25,000, PI – Nicola Lercari.

2017      UC Merced Center for the Humanities – Seed Grant for Public Humanities and Public Arts, Community Heritage Network, $19,970, PI – Nicola Lercari.

2016      Henry Luce Foundation’s Higher Education Program, Planning Grant - Building Research Partnerships in the San Joaquin Valley: Community Engaged Research and Graduate Mentorship in the Interdisciplinary Humanities, $50,000, PI – Jill Robbins; Co-PIs – Marjorie Zatz, Robin DeLugan, Arturo Arias, and Nicola Lercari.

2016      California Department of Parks and Recreation, General Park-Wide Digital Imaging, $43,826, PI – Nicola Lercari.

2016      Resources Legacy Fund Foundation, California State Parks Initiative, $36,174, PI – Nicola Lercari.

2016      Archaeological Institute of America Site Preservation Grant, Çatalhöyük Digital Preservation Project; $25,000, PI – Nicola Lercari; Co-PI – Ashley M. Lingle.

2016      University of California Office of the President - Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) Seed Grant 2016, Bodie Digital Community: Connect with Your Past, $60,000, PI – Nicola Lercari; Co-PIs – Marcelo Kallmann and Arnav Jhala.

2015      University of California Office of the President Catalyst Award, At-Risk Cultural Heritage and the Digital Humanities (Grant ID: CA-16-376911), $1.06 million ($159,127 UC Merced sub award), PI – Thomas E. Levy; Co-PIs – Willeke Wendrich, Nicola Lercari, Benjamin Porter.

2015     UC Merced Center for the Humanities Working Group Grant, Narrative and Visual Production, $2,000, PI – Paul Gibbons; Co-PIs – Nicola Lercari, Susan Varnot. Principal Investigator, Faculty Grants for Undergraduate Directed Group Experiences in Community Engaged Research. Sponsored by UC Merced ReCCES. $2,000 (January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016).

2015      UC Merced Center for the Humanities Working Group Grant, Research and Preservation at the Cueva del Rey Kong-oy (Condoy), Oaxaca, Mexico, $2,000, PI – Holley Moyes; Co-PIs – Nicola Lercari.

2015      UC Merced Graduate Division Interdisciplinary Small Grants Program, Natural and Cultural Resources Preservation Interdisciplinary Research Group, $3,000, PI – Nicola Lercari.

Gifts

2017     City of Waterford, Donation in support of the John Muir Geotourism App Project, $5,000, PI – Nicola Lercari.

2016      Graf-Pulvino Family Fund, John Muir Geotourism App Project, $20,000, PI – Nicola Lercari.

Awards

2017     Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), ‘Innovations in Networking Award 2017 for Research Applications’, Nicola Lercari, Jeffrey Weekley, and Rachel Hadley.

2007     University of Bologna Iceberg Award (Selected Artworks).

2006     University of Bologna DAMS Award (Multimedia Section) ‘Top 10 artworks’. 

2004     University of Genova Academic Excellence Award.

EXHIBITS

2017     The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük – 3D Content Consultant – Multimedia and Interactive 3D installations – Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) – Istanbul, Turkey (June-October 2017).

2016     Coulterville’s Heritage in a Digital Age – Curator – Remote sensing data, 3D visualization, and community-engaged heritage research – Independent Orders of Odd Fellows Lodge, Coulterville, CA. (April 2016).

2012     Art and Science Gala – The intersection of Image and Research – 3D Content Specialist – Interactive 3D applications and stereographic visualization – Berkeley Arts Festival Gallery, Berkeley, CA. (Nov. 2012).

2011     3D Digging at Çatalhöyük Exhibit – 3D Content Specialist – Interactive 3D applications, holographic and stereographic visualization – Stanford Archaeological Center – Stanford, CA. (May 2011).

2011     Virtual Western Han Dynasty Exhibit – 3D Content Specialist – Interactive 3D applications and stereographic visualization – CITRIS Tech Museum – University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. (April 2011)

TEACHING

Graduate courses

Spring 2017        Interdisciplinary Humanities 299: Directed Independent Study, UC Merced

Spring 2016        Interdisciplinary Humanities 298: Faculty Directed Study Group, UC Merced          

Fall 2015              Interdisciplinary Humanities 206: Methods and Research in Interdisciplinary Humanities, UC Merced     

Undergraduate courses

Fall 2016, 2017 World Heritage 002: Introduction to Digital Heritage, UC Merced

Fall 2017              World Heritage 110: 3D Modeling Cultural Heritage, UC Merced                 

Spring 2017        World Heritage 160: Methods in Digital Heritage , UC Merced

Fall 2016              Computer Science and Engineering 195: Directed Independent Study, UC Merced

Spring 2016        World Heritage 160: Methods in Digital Heritage, UC Merced

Spring 2015        World Heritage 002: Introduction to Digital Heritage, UC Merced

Spring 2014        Visual and Media Studies 395LS – 01: Virtual Form and Space, Duke University    

Fall 2013              Visual and Media Studies 395LS – 01: Virtual Form and Space, Duke University

Fall 2012              World Heritage 003: International Heritage, UC Merced

Spring 2010 – Fall 2012 World Heritage 002: Cyber Heritage, UC Merced

MENTORING

Postdoctoral Scholars

2017 – Present  Arianna Campiani, Ph.D., Supervisor, UC Merced

Ph.D. Students

2017 – Present  Anais Guillem, Main Advisor, UC Merced

2017 – Present  Manuel Duenas Garcia, Main Advisor, UC Merced

2017 – Present  Katherin Shurik, Dissertation Committee Member, UC Merced

2016 – Present  Erin Renn, Dissertation Committee Member, UC Merced

2016 – Present  Gesualdo Busacca, Dissertation Committee Member, Stanford University

Master's Students

2016     Pedro Carvajal, Master’s Thesis Committee Member, UC Merced

Visiting Scholars

2016     Manuel Duenas Garcia, Host, UC Merced

UNIVERSITY SERVICE – UC MERCED

Department Service - Interdisciplinary Humanities (IH) Graduate Group

2016 – 2017       Member, Interdisciplinary Humanities/Humanities and World Cultures Executive Committee.

2017     Mentor IH Graduate Group - Preparing for Humanities Employment workshop.

2016     Member Merit Review Committee for Humanities and World Cultures faculty.

2015     Panelist Panel on Interdisciplinarity, IH Graduate Group - Nuts, Bolts, and Professionalization Workshop.

Department Service - Humanities and World Cultures (HWC) Bylaw Unit

2017 – Present  Member, HWC Reorganization Committee - Team B Sub-Committee.

2017 – Present  Chair, Shared Humanities Space Committee.

2015     Member Promotion Review Committee for Humanities and World Cultures Faculty.

2015     Member Merit Review Committee for Humanities and World Cultures faculty.

2015     Co-Chair Lecturer in World Heritage Search 2015/2016.

School/College Service

2014 – Present Co-Chair, World Heritage (WH) Committee.

Campus-wide Service

2016 – Present Director, Heritage Interpretation Visualization and Experience (HIVE) Lab.

2016 – Present Chair, Wide-Area Visualization Environment Steering Committee.

2015 – Present Member, Spatial Analysis and Research Center Steering Committee.

2017      Reviewer CITRIS Seed Grant 2017 Faculty Review Panel.

2015 – 2016     Co-Chair, World Heritage Research Experience (WHERE) - UROC Research Training Program.

2016      Reviewer Interdisciplinary Small Grants Program 2016.

2015      Member Campus Natural Reserve Faculty Director Search Advisory Committee.

2015 – 2016       Member, Virtual Reality CAVE Task Force.

2016     Organizer, Symposium on The Role of Community Engagement in Preservation Management.

2015     Member, UC Merced Research Computing Task Force.

2015     Organizer, Symposium on Preservation, Technology, and Development.

2015     Organizer, Symposium on Virtual Reality and Visualization for Interdisciplinary Research.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

2017 – Present  Digital Heritage International Congress 2018, Chair Workshops and Special Sessions.

2017 – Present  Geosciences, Journal, Reviewer.

2016 – Present  Journal of Cultural Heritage, Journal, Reviewer.

2015 – Present  Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, Journal, Reviewer.

2013 – Present  Virtual Systems and Multi-Media Society, Board of Advisors Member.

2015 – 2016       California State Parks Transformation Team - Natural & Cultural Resources Committee Cultural Advisory Group, Member, Sacramento, CA.

2015 – Present  Current Anthropology, Journal, Reviewer.

2015 – Present  Open Archaeology, Journal, Reviewer.

2015     Digital Heritage International Congress 2015, Reviewer.

2015     Ashgate Publishing, Reviewer.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

2017 – Present  Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA)

2016 – Present  Sierra Nevada Research Institute.

2015 – Present  Association of Critical Heritage Studies.

2015 – Present  Archaeological Institute of America (AIA).

2015 – Present  Society for American Archaeology (SAA).

2015 – Present  Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS).

2014     American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR)

2013 – Present  International Society on Virtual Systems and MultiMedia (VSMM)

LICENSURES AND CERTIFICATIONS

2013 Teaching with New Media, University of California, Merced Center for Research on Teaching Excellence. (2012 - May 2013, Merced CA).

2008     Integrated Digital Technologies applied to Cultural Heritage, Italian National Research Council – CNR ITABC. (November 2008. Rome, Italy).

2006     Interactive Graphics, CINECA Research Center. (October 2006, Bologna, Italy).