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Conceptualization & Semantic Description in Digitized Tangible/Intangible Cultural Heritage Content

1 June 2014

Marseille, France | MAP Laboratory


This Call is related to a Full Time Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher Position, entitled:
Conceptualization and semantic description in digitized tangible/intangible Cultural Heritage content


Applications are invited from candidates who possess the necessary qualifications in order to fill one (1) full time Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher Fellow (ESR) Position entitled: Conceptualization and semantic description in digitized tangible/intangible content within CNRS, National Centre for Scientific Research, France (MAP Laboratory, Marseille).

The selected Marie Curie ESR will work within the ITN-Digital Cultural Heritage (ITN-DCH) Marie Curie ITN Programme for 36 months. ITN- DCH is a major EU funded programme which brings together fourteen (14) leading European partners in a transnational network, aiming at implementing a multidisciplinary and intersectorial research and training programme between the academic and the industrial partners in the fields of Computer Graphics, Computer Vision and HCI for Cultural Heritage. Further information on the programme can be found at:

ITN-DCH Project description

Cultural Heritage (CH) is an integral element of Europe and vital for the creation of a common European identity and one of the greatest assets for steering Europe’s social, economic development and job creation. However, the current research training activities in CH are fragmented and mostly design to be of a single-discipline, failing to cover the whole lifecycle of Digital Cultural Heritage (DCH) research, which is by nature a multi- disciplinary and intersectorial research agenda. ITN-DCH aims for the first time worldwide that top universities, research centres, industries and CH stakeholders, end-users and standardized bodies will collaborate to train the next generation of researchers in DCH. The project aims to analyse, design, research, develop and validate an innovative multi-disciplinary and intersectoral research training framework that covers the whole lifecycle of digital CH research for a cost–effective preservation, documentation, protection and presentation of CH. ITN-DCH targets innovations that covers all aspects of CH ranging from tangible (books, newspapers, images, drawings, manuscripts, uniforms, maps, artefacts, archaeological sites, monuments) to intangible content (e.g., music, performing arts, folklore, theatrical performances) and their inter-relationships. The project aims to boost the added value of CH assets by re-using them in real application environments (protection of CH, education, tourism industry, advertising, fashion, films, music, publishing, video games and TV) through research on (i) new personalized, interactive, mixed and augmented reality enabled e- services, (ii) new recommendations in data acquisition, (iii) new forms of representations (3D/4D) of both tangible /intangible assets and (iv) interoperable metadata forms that allow easy data exchange and archiving. One ESR will be recruited by the CNRS, France.

The Applicant should:

1. Have completed at least a four or five year education cycle (e.g. Diploma in Engineering, Master’s Degree etc) from a recognized university in Computer Science, Engineering (Architecture, Civil) or related topic with a good experience in Computer Graphics and/or Knowledge Engineering with less than four (4) years of continuous full-time research experience in the above fields, with excellent programming skills and very good language and communication / implementation skills.

2. At the time of recruitment, not have resided (or carried out his/her main activity e.g. work, studies, etc.) in France, for more than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately prior to the reference recruitment date.

3. Excellent knowledge of the English language at a proficiency level (spoken and written) and French (optional) is essential.


• Competitive salary to cover living, mobility costs, social and health insurance (according to the FP7-PEOPLE ITN2013 Marie Curie Actions Programme regulations).

• In the context of a personal Career Development Plan, opportunities for international collaboration and exchanges to world-class academic and industrial partners will take place.

• Opportunity to register for a PhD at a project partner university.

• Training in a range of state-of-the-art scientific skills, complementary skills such as intellectual property and project management skills

• Secondment placements within the network’s partners (up to max. two months).

For more details on the fellow salary and other benefits/eligibility criteria, please refer to the FP7-PEOPLE Marie Curie actions website at: and the FP7-PEOPLE ITN2013 work programme:

Research Subject

Recent experiences on structuring heterogeneous data (e.g. documentary sources, iconography, etc.) around semantically-annotated 3D or 4D representations make emerge new research avenues for visually revealing the relationship between the morphology and the conceptual description of a heritage artifact (e.g. a monument). New modalities for organizing, filtering and interacting with the mass of concepts, relationships and graphic representations able to describe the “meaning” of a heritage object in a knowledge domain, should be explored. This research subject aims to:
• Study of the current approaches for the semantic annotation of 3D models and 2D documentary sources.

• Study of the current approaches for knowledge formalization and representation (e.g. ontologies)

• Study of the current solutions for the interactive navigation in complex semantic graphs

• Study of the current methods for modelling and representing the “uncertainty”

• Study of the interior structure of monument (e.g. materials, finite elements, frescos, mosaics, etc.) and the relation to semantics and ontologies.

• Cross-testing and validation with Europeana and MoW metadata model

• Design and implement an information system (including an innovative graphic interface) allowing the exploration/analysis of the tangible and intangible aspects related to a heritage artifact by the means of semantically-enriched and interconnected multi-dimensional media representations built around several levels of abstraction

Topics: semantic annotation of 2D/3D/4D representations, knowledge formalization and representation (e.g. ontologies); interactive navigation in 3D complex (conceptual and geometric) graphic representations.

Livio De Luca, PhD, HDR
Director of the CNRS – MAP laboratory (Marseille, France)

Applicants are requested to submit the following:
1. Detailed Curriculum Vitae.

2. Motivation Letter

3. Official certified transcripts of grades from all academic institutions of higher education listed in his/her application, certified copies of degrees, or/and certifications of fulfillment of the required obligations for entering a graduate PhD programme

4. Official certified copies of titles in English language

5. Names of three referees who, upon request, can provide recommendation letters

6. Copies of any related research papers or other significant work by the applicant

Applications must be submitted in a closed express courier envelope marked as “Application for FP7-PEOPLE Marie Curie ITN-DCH Research Fellow Position” – Livio De Luca, CNRS – MAP Laboratory, Campus du CNRS – Batiment Z’, 31 Chemin Joseph Aiguier, FR-13402 MARSEILLE Cedex 20, France.

Applicants are also requested to send their applications electronically to these email addresses and before the deadline of 15th of April 2014, 24:00, however, please note that the electronic submission alone will not be considered as a formal application unless the printed application is received as requested in the previous paragraph.

Start of the fellowship: 1st of June 2014.

For further information, please contact the promoters (livio.deluca(at) or visit these websites for more information: