The Digital Mont'e Prama project aims to document, archive and present to the public the large and unique collection of prehistoric statues of the Mont'e Prama complex. Leveraging synergies with several other international research activities, the CRS4 Visual Computing group has studied, developed and applied new technologies for the complete and accurate virtual reconstruction and high fidelity exploration of the entire Mont'e Prama collection.
The work has received several awards for basic research. An interactive system based on the developed technologies has been installed, starting from 2014, in museums and exhibitions in Italy and abroad (permanent exhibition: in Cagliari, Cabras, Sassari; temporary; in Rome, Milan, Zurich) and has been used by hundreds of thousands of people.
The work was also the subject of several award-winning scientific publications. Among those:
- Fabio Bettio, Enrico Gobbetti, Emilio Merella, and Ruggero Pintus. Improving the digitization of shape and color of 3D artworks in a cluttered environment. In Proc. Digital Heritage. Pages 23-30, October 2013. Best Paper Award.
- Marcos Balsa Rodriguez, Marco Agus, Fabio Marton, and Enrico Gobbetti. Adaptive Recommendations for Enhanced Non-linear Exploration of Annotated 3D Objects. Computer Graphics Forum, 34(3): 41-50, 2015. https://doi.org/10.1111/cgf.12616.
- Fabio Bettio, Alberto Jaspe Villanueva, Emilio Merella, Fabio Marton, Enrico Gobbetti, and Ruggero Pintus. Mont'e Scan: Effective Shape and Color Digitization of Cluttered 3D Artworks. ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, 8(1): 4:1-4:23, 2015. https://doi.org/10.1145/2644823.
- Marcos Balsa Rodriguez, Marco Agus, Fabio Bettio, Fabio Marton, and Enrico Gobbetti. Digital Mont'e Prama: Exploring large collections of detailed 3D models of sculptures. ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, 9(4): 18:1-18:23, September 2016.