Dr. Maurizio Forte
Dr. Maurizio Forte, PhD, is William and Sue Gross Professor of Classical Studies Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University and founder of the university’s DIG@Lab (for a digital knowledge of the past). He was professor of World Heritage at the University of California, Merced, and Director of the Virtual Heritage Lab. He was Chief of Research at the Italian National Research Council and their Senior Scientist at the Institute for Technologies Applied to the Cultural Heritage (ITABC), as well as Professor of "Virtual Environments for Cultural Heritage” at the University of Lugano. He received his bachelor’s degree in Ancient History (archaeology), and a Diploma of specialization in Archaeology, from the University of Bologna, and his PhD in Archaeology from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He has coordinated archaeological fieldwork and research projects in Italy as well as Ethiopia, Egypt, Syria, Kazakhstan, Peru, China, Oman, India, Honduras, Turkey, USA and Mexico. He is editor and author of several books including “Virtual Archaeology” (1996), Virtual Reality in Archaeology (2000), “From Space to Place” (2006), and he has written more than 200 scientific papers.