2018 Conference: 11-13 April 2018, Dublin

Virtual Heritage Network: Ireland 2018

VHN Ireland Conference, 11-13 April 2018
Hosted by the School of Information & Communication Studies, UCD


The 2018 (VHN) conference will be hosted by the School of Information and Communication Studies, UCD and co-sponsored by the Digital Repository of Ireland. VHN 2018 will be held at The Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, from Thursday 12th April – Friday 13th April 2018, with a workshop to be held on Wednesday 11th April at UCD’s School of Information and Communication Studies. VHN Ireland aims to bring together people who work for the support, improvement and promotion of virtual heritage in Ireland and beyond across the academic, business, education, cultural heritage, policy, and tourism sectors. It welcomes people from a diverse range of backgrounds including archaeology, cultural studies, social sciences, arts, humanities, conservation, education, engineering, computer science, business, and industry. We particularly welcome international researchers and professionals who work on Virtual Heritage outside Ireland.


What is Virtual Heritage?


Virtual refers to computer-generated visualisations having three or more dimensions regardless of the method used to produce them (e.g. modelling, photogrammetry, scanning, additive manufacturing and 3D printing, virtual/augmented reality, RTI etc.). Heritage refers to tangible objects, such as cultural heritage sites, monuments and artefacts, as well as intangible elements, such as performing arts, social and ritual practices, knowledge and skills.


Objectives of VHN Ireland


  • To make connections between people from a variety of sectors in Ireland and beyond who share an active interest in virtual heritage;
  • To encourage and support the carrying out of virtual heritage activities of the highest international standards;
  • To promote knowledge, understanding and appreciation of virtual heritage in Ireland and beyond;
  • To undertake any other activity that benefits virtual heritage in Ireland and beyond.


Call for Papers


The VHN: Ireland 2018 organising committee invites proposals for papers, posters and interactive presentations relating to all aspects of cultural heritage in Ireland. This year’s themes include but are not limited to

  • Interdisciplinary investigations of virtual heritage;
  • Digitising Cultural Heritage;
  • Representing Data;
  • Engagement with New Technologies and Methods;


We welcome projects, which include co-operation between public and private bodies as well as public engagement and Citizen Science aspects.


Topics to be discussed this year may include but are not limited to:


  • 3D Data Capture and Representation

Photogrammetry & Image-Based Modelling

3D Scanning & Digitisation (laser, structured light, motion capture, etc.)

Multispectral Imaging /Hyperspectral Imaging

Remote Sensing and Aerial LiDAR


UAV Applications

Low Cost Sensors

  • Visualisation and Interaction

Computer Graphics

Gaming Technologies

Real + Virtual Worlds (mixed/augmented reality)

Immersive Displays

Local/Remote Rendering

Active/Passive Stereo Displays

3D Printing

  • Analysis and Interpretation

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Historic Building Information Modelling (HBIM)

3D Modelling (CAD-based and reality-based)

Linking 3D to Information Systems

3D Repositories

3D Geographic Information Systems

Automated 3D Modelling Algorithms and Techniques

Procedural Methods for Architectural Modelling

Open Source Algorithms/Software for 3D Reconstruction

  • Theoretical issues, Ethics, Debates and Challenges

Issues facing Heritage in 2018

Ownership and Copyright

Display of Virtual Heritage

  • Policy and standards

Metadata Handling & Management

Digital Rights

Heritage Commons

Heritage at Risk


Access to and use of materials

  • Applications of Virtual Heritage

Virtual Documentation

Virtual Heritage Conservation

Virtual Museums

Virtual Exhibitions

Virtual Archaeology

Serious Games for Cultural Heritage

  • The Role of Social Media in Virtual Heritage

Community Engagement and participatory events

Citizen Science

Open Access to Data

Social Media Outlets for Data

  • Virtual Heritage and Tourism Development

Virtual Heritage as a Tool for Promoting Tourism

Impact of Virtual Heritage on a National/Regional Level

Initiatives to Develop Cultural and Creative Ventures

Promotion and Development of Culture, Arts, Creativity and Innovation

Virtual Heritage and Education



Deadline 2 February, 2018

Abstracts for Oral Presentation

Submitted abstracts should not exceed 600 words and should be necessarily accompanied by 2-4 images that adequately illustrate the content of your talk. The abstract should include the aims of your research/project, the methods used and the outcomes. Where appropriate, you can also add citations to relevant published work. The abstract should also be accompanied by a brief bio note of all authors and a short description of the topic (max. 100 words) to be used in the conference’s programme.


Abstracts for Posters

Submitted abstracts should not exceed 250 words and should be necessarily accompanied by 1-2 images that adequately illustrate the content of your poster. Alternatively you can send a draft version of your poster in pdf or jpg format. The abstract or poster should also be accompanied by a brief bio note of the all authors and a short description of the topic (max. 100 words) to be used in the conference’s programme.



All proposals should be submitted in word by 2 February, 2018 (.doc, .docx) or pdf format using this form. Completed submission forms should be sent to our submissions and reviewing coordinators at submit.vhnireland@gmail.com.

Please note: Acceptance to the conference is subject to positive review by the VHN: Ireland 2018 Scientific Committee.



Format of Presentations


Oral Presentations

  • Traditional Presentation

Presentations in PowerPoint or other presentation software/platform up to a maximum of 10 minutes followed by presentation-specific questions from the audience and a panel discussion at the end of each thematic section or the end of the session.


Each session will be chaired by an expert in the field who will also act as the discussant at the end of each session, commenting on the papers and initiating discussion with the audience. For this reason, all participants are required to send out their presentations (text and slides) at least 10 days before the event.


  • Interactive Presentations and Other Non-conventional Forms of Presentation

An interactive project exhibition will provide an opportunity for demonstrations of virtual heritage work showcasing your work. This presentation is designed to promote the work of Early stage researchers and students with research ideas and/or preliminary research. SME’s and Cultural Institutions are also invited to submit research or community based projects with strong interactive elements.




A poster session will provide an opportunity for preliminary work to be presented and discussed directly with an individual or a research team.



Registration Fees


Registration fees (full: €50 / DRI member: €40 / unemployed/low income/student: €25) include attendance at conference sessions, conference bags, coffee breaks, lunch on both days, and one year membership at VHN: Ireland. Registration fees do not include the conference dinner (optional), accommodation, and workshop attendance. Participation to the Managing Small Archaeological collections workshop co-hosted by COST Arkwork (see below) costs €20. Registration will open on 1st March 2018.


As a conference co-sponsor, VHN is pleased to offer those associated with DRI member institutions a preferential rate. ALL DRI members may register for the DRI member rate of €40 until the registration closing date. Twenty registrations (nearly 1/6 of total registrations available) will be held exclusively for DRI members until March 15th. After this date, the registrations will be released to the general public. For a list of DRI member institutions, please see the DRI organisations page.


VHN: Ireland 2018 intends to provide a limited number of bursaries to support students, jobseekers and unemployed researchers to participate in the conference. These opportunities will be announced at a later date.




Sponsored by COST Arkwork, VHN: Ireland 2018 will organise a pre-conference workshop on the topic of managing small archaeological collections on Wednesday, 11 April 2018 at UCD’s School of Information and Communication Studies. Details will be forthcoming. Space will be limited; tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite, which will open on 1 March 2018.





VHN: Ireland 2018 will provide a number of bursaries to students, jobseekers, and unemployed researchers to attend or present their work at the conference. These will cover the registration fees but subject to adequate resources they may also contribute to or cover travelling and accommodation. If you are interested in one of the bursaries please ‘tick’ the relevant box in the form of submission and attach one document that will include 1)1 pg. cover letter; 2) 2 page CV; 3) budget for travelling and accommodation. In case you will not present at the conference but you would still like to be considered for a registration fee waiver to attend the conference and/or workshop, please send us an email with a cover letter and CV attached to submit.vhnireland@gmail.com by 1 February 2018 and put in the subject line: VHN Bursaries.


Call for Exhibitors


VHN: Ireland 2018 invites businesses and industries that would like to promote and demonstrate their work and/or products and services for a small fee during the conference at the Royal Irish Academy on 12-13 April 2018. VHN: Ireland 2018 can provide the following:

  • Space to set your promotional stall.
  • Include flyers or other promotional material (bookmarks, pens etc.) in the conference bag.
  • Acknowledge your sponsorship to all our members via e-mail and social media.
  • Acknowledge your sponsorship to all visitors of our website and also include your logo in a special section of the website.
  • To include the logo of your company in the publication that will come out a few months after the conference.


If you are interested in a collaboration with VHN: Ireland 2018 please send an email to vhnireland@gmail.com with the subject line ‘VHN Exhibitors’ by 1 March 2018.


Key Dates


2 February 2018 Deadline for Submission of Paper Proposals and Bursaries
1 March 2018 Registration Opens (Conference & Workshop)
30 March 2018 Registration for Workshop Closes (limited numbers)
16 February 2018 Notification of Acceptance to the Conference
16 February 2018 Notification of grant recipients
31 March 2018 Registration for Conference Closes
20 March 2018 Deadline for Exhibitors/ Demonstrators
11 April 2018 Workshop Date
12-13 April 2018 Conference Dates


Website & Social Media


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We look forward to welcoming you at the Royal Irish Academy in April

The Organising Committee of VHN: Ireland 2018