11 -12 June – Itapua
In the first morning in Encarnación (Paraguay) we had a meeting with the students of the University of Itapua. In the afternoon we visited the Jesuit mission of santissima trinidad (enthusiastic guide, nice company). Finally for dinner, a VIP restaurant with songs and dances!
On June 12th the Itapua University held the first OID. Baecchi and Ferracani from Unifi talked about NEMECH (new media for Cultural Heritage) and the staff form Itapua presented the app to recognize the photos of the mission above. Then, the competence center was inaugurated.
13 June OID – Misiones
The friendly staff from Misiones showed us the competence center: they developed three interesting applications: the first with the dumbbells for immersive virtual reality, the mobile application, which is also immersive, allows you to navigate between 3D views of the same mission, pointing to interactive areas through the movement of the phone. Then there was an application to reconstruct three-dimensional objects by scanning.
In the afternoon e long way to get to the charming mission Misión Jesuítica Santa María La Mayor.
The Open Innovation Days (OIDs) are going to start today and will be held in Paraguay and Argentina. OIDs are conceived as UMETECH informative events and promotional activities of services, tools and technologies applicable in the cultural heritage sector, mainly targeting local businesses and the tourism sector in the ICT sector, professors and researchers, ICT technicians experts, local tour operators. All the LA and EU partners will join the event that will take place in these days.
UIGV met the UMETECH representatives from Politehnica University of Bucharest: they will supervise the project that includes the development and implementation of a web and mobile platform to revalue the cultural heritage of the historic center of Lima.
For the first time since the beginning of the UMETECH Project, MICC (University of Florence) visited UNE (Universidad nacional del Este) in Pataguay, to assess the status of the work.
In that occasion we held together two productive meetings that greatly helped the project both from the technical and amministrative point of view. We also discussed about possible ideas for future work, for which the development will be followed by means of online meetings. The overall experience was very good and satisfying, also thanks to the the warm welcome we received.
The UMETECH mid-term meeting will be held in the Cámara de Comercio Italiana in Argentina – Buenos Aires, in April 9-10, 2018.
The 2-days meeting will gather all the project partners to review the status of the project, the implementation of the competence centers and development of the projects under going in each competence center
The agenda of the meeting is:
– Review of the projects implemented by the CC
– Reactionto EU review concerns
– Business Start Up Lab implementation
– Guidelines on the design of the Master on Tourism Management
– Training on the Project and Quality Management Application
– Budget update review and reporting
– Open Innovation Days in Misiones/Itapua: organization and schedule
The Administrative & Management Educational Program will be given via the webinar platform. The total duration will be of 6 days (approximately 16 hours): 2 days (approx. 5 hours) will be shared with the Technical Educational Program. They are scheduled in March 2018, and will include more specific content for managers and administrative personnel. Each LA partner will participate to the Administrative & Management Educational Program with 10 Managers / Administrative personnel units. The program is open to the participation also of interested academic personnel.
The UNIFI Coordinator will be prof. Marco Bellandi (Dipartimento di Scienze per l’Economia e l’Impresa DISEI).
From 14 to 19 of November, NEMECH and MICC, center of excellence of the University of Florence, hosted a delegation from the Paraguayan Universidad Nacional de Itapùa and Universidad Nacional del Este for the UMETECH study tour program.
It was a great experience to enhance the Italian-Paraguay academic network and to meet the Paraguayan academic staff involved in the project’s program.
During the study tour, the University of Florence academic staff held a course on computer vision applied to cultural heritage, together with a practical workshop. In particular the participants had the chance to learn
basic and advanced computer vision techniques in order to develop a mobile application able to recognize and give information about objects surrounding the user. The course has also included a demo of the Cultural Heritage projects developed by the NEMECH staff and three lab sessions on SIFT feature matching, Convolutional Neural Networks and OpenCV on Android mobile devices.
There were also opportunities for socialization between the two cultures, experiences and knowledges (with great Italian food and wine).