Capstone: Paolo Buono (University of Bari Aldo Moro)

Pervasive Technologies to Enrich People Experience in Visiting Cultural Heritage sites

Various empirical programs have been carried out worldwide with the aim of kindling people’s interest in visiting Cultural Heritage (CH) sites. This talk narrates the research conducted at Interaction, Visualization and Usability (IVU) Lab of the University of Bari (Italy) that investigates the use of different technologies to ensure more engaging visit experiences at Cultural Heritage (CH) sites and to increase the appropriation of CH content by visitors. Initially, pervasive games using mobile devices were developed to break away from the usual static paradigm of room play and go towards a more dynamic and social experience. Such games addressed young students and aimed at stimulating them to acquire knowledge during visits at CH sites. Technological advances led us to introduce large multitouch displays in school activities to reflect and deepen gained knowledge.

Furthermore, the growing availability of smart objects has stimulated us to use the Internet of Things technologies in the CH domain. There are very few approaches trying to facilitate the adoption of such technologies by end users, who are required to define the behaviour of smart objects but they might not have any skill in programming. A visual composition paradigm that allows non-programmers to synchronize the behavior of smart objects was defined, in order to comply with the need of curators and guides of CH sites to define smart visit experiences. A serious game has been used to show the potential of the visual composition paradigm approach. The talk ends by discussing technological solutions and future challenges.


Paolo Buono is an Assistant professor and a member of the IVU (Interaction, Visualization, Usability and UX) lab at the Department of Informatics of the University of Bari Aldo Moro. His current research focuses on HCI, specifically in information visualization, mobile applications, time series. His research has been also involved in other domains such as visual analytics, video analysis and telementoring.
He has been involved, at different levels of responsibility, in several European, national and regional projects in various domains, including: environment, logistics, cultural heritage, healthcare. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Bari, Italy. He has been visiting scientist at various research centers including: AVIZ research group (F), Human-Computer Interaction Lab of the University of Maryland (USA), Fraunhofer IPSI (D).
He has organized several HCI conferences, such as AVI (2016, 2004), IS-EUD 2011, INTERACT 2005. He is one of the inventors of the Patent No. 1401512 concerning a multimedia framework and a method to support the visit of a site of interest, such as an archaeological park.