Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of World Heritage – School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts – University of California Merced
Nicola Lercari, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of World Heritage in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts at the University of California Merced where 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 (University of California Merced and Duke University). Currently he is a founding member of the UC Merced World Heritage program where he contributes to promote digital scholarship activities that bridge interdisciplinary knowledge from fields such as critical heritage studies, remote sensing, GIS, 3D visualization, and community-engaged research. Nicola takes part in the international research projects 3D – Digging 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.