Call for Abstracts

We are inviting abstracts for the Extended Intelligence for Cultural Engagement conference, paired with the ACM Journal of Computing and Cultural Heritage Special Issue.

In recent years new forms of citizen participation in cultural heritage have emerged, producing a wealth of material relevant to curatorial practices, spanning from visitors’ experiential feedback to exhibitions and cultural artefacts, to digitally mediated forms of interaction, e.g. on social media.

However, there are open questions on how digital innovation can influence and support new ways of engaging with cultural heritage. These include, among others, how to engage wide audiences that are not the common “museum goers” including teenagers and young adults, minority groups, how to encourage interaction and share opinions between different groups, how to promote the acceptance of diverse opinions, just to name a few. Striking innovations include new ways for interacting with the digital world (virtual and augmented reality), paired with new powerful computing methods provided by either neural or symbolic artificial intelligence. Now is the time to reflect on the opportunities of enhancing Cultural Engagement by extended intelligence.

How should we interact with cultural heritage? Citizen curation is proposed in the context of the European project SPICE - Social Participation, Cohesion, and Inclusion through Cultural Engagement - as a methodology for eliciting, producing, collecting, interpreting, and archiving people’s responses to cultural objects. This "participatory" approach deals with the reappraisal of expertise in cultural heritage, with the museum curator no longer being a lone expert, thus requiring methods and technologies that are accessible to different types of people with various skill levels (which can be abridged), and differing goals and motives. who can complement traditional expertise by following an Open Work perspective.

The primary objective of citizen curation initiatives is favoring the emergence of multiple, sometimes conflicting viewpoints and motivating the users and memory institutions to reflect upon them. Citizen curation imagines a bazaar of solutions and providers that work together in an open-ended, distributed digital ecosystem for Cultural Engagement, going beyond the limitations of current frameworks and platforms for the management of cultural data.

This conference and Special Issue will appeal to academics and museum professionals working in disciplines involving the application of novel ICT to cultural heritage, museums data management infrastructures, arts professionals, and scholars interested in digitally-mediated Cultural Engagement and its impact upon curation, teaching and learning, and social cohesion and inclusion.

Submissions can include both theoretical and practical approaches and case studies, focusing on innovative research and applications of state-of-the-art technologies. We welcome submissions from practitioners in the industry and early career researchers.

Accepted abstract will present at the poster/demo session of the conference. Selected abstract will be invited to submit a full paper to the ACM JOCCH special issue.

Topics and issues to be addressed include but are not limited to:

  • Citizen Curation
  • Artificial Intelligence for Cultural Engagement
  • Augmented Reality for Cultural Engagement
  • Virtual Reality for Cultural Engagement
  • Data Infrastructures and curation for Cultural Engagement
  • AI-driven HCI for Cultural Engagement
  • Embodied Cognition in Cultural Engagement
  • Recommender systems for Cultural Engagement
  • Digital Technologies and inclusion in cultural heritage
  • Supporting groups in cultural heritage sites
  • Detecting and measuring engagement

Submission instructions

We welcome submission of extended abstracts (up to 2 pages). All papers will be evaluated according to their significance, originality, technical content, style, clarity, and relevance to the conference.

Every submitted paper must represent original and unpublished work: it must not be under review or accepted elsewhere and there must be a significantly clear element of novelty distinguishing a submitted paper from any other prior publication or current submission.

All submissions must be PDF documents written in English and formatted according to LNCS instructions for authors. Page limits are inclusive of references and appendices, if any. Papers are to be submitted through the Easychair Conference Management System. Please note that paper submissions to ExICE are not anonymous.

Important Dates

Deadline for submissions: 31 January 2023 6 February 2023 (Extended!) - Submission website

Notification of acceptance: 15 February 2023

Conference date: 15 March 2023



Organising Commitee

  • Silvio Peroni - University of Bologna - General Chair
  • Aldo Gangemi - ISTC-CNR and Univerity of Bologna- Program Chair
  • Rossana Damiano - University of Turin - Special Issue Co-Editor
  • Tsvi Kuflik - The University of Haifa - Special Issue Co-Editor
  • Enrico Daga - The Open University - Special Issue Co-Editor
  • Manuel Striani - University of Turin - Special Issue Co-Editor
  • Lily Díaz-Kommonen - Aalto University - Special Issue Co-Editor
  • Luigi Asprino - University of Bologna - Web presence, publicity and proceedings chair
  • Adriana Dascultu - University of Bologna - Administration and Local arrangement

Program Commitee

  • Bruno Sartini (University of Bologna)
  • Chiara Lucifora (ISTC-CNR)
  • Manuel Striani (University of Piemonte Orientale)
  • Chukwudi Uwasomba (The Open University)
  • Stefano De Giorgis (University of Bologna)
  • Belen Diaz-Agudo (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
  • Pedro González Calero (Padaone Games)
  • Antonio Lieto (Unversity of Turin)
  • Sofia Pescarin (ISPC-CNR)
  • Joel Lanir (University of Haifa)
  • Davide Picca (Columbia University)
  • Annalisa Pelizza (University of Bologna)
  • Anna Maria Marras (Icom Italia)
  • Lily Diaz (Aalto University)
  • Rossana Damiano (University of Turin)
  • Andrea Bolioli (H-Farm Innovation)


You can register via this form. The deadline for the registration is March 12th.

Registration for the conference is free of charge, but the registration is mandatory to attend the conference.

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