eXtended Reality Tools for Virtual Restauration of Cultural Heritage


Corchia Laura Corchia

Laura Corchia

University of Salento, Italy

Rodríguez-García Bruno Rodríguez-García

Bruno Rodríguez-García

University of Burgos, Spain


The proposed special session aims to explore the new frontiers of virtual restoration of cultural heritage and the eXtended Reality (XR). With the increasing development of digital technology, virtual restoration offers unprecedented opportunities to preserve, restore, and enhance our cultural heritage (CH) in innovative ways. This session will examine methodologies, technologies, and best practices in the field of virtual restoration, including case studies and practical applications. It will also discuss the ethical, technical, and cultural challenges associated with virtual restoration and its impact on preserving cultural heritage for future generations. The session aims to promote interdisciplinary dialogue among industry experts, restoration professionals, scholars, and technologists to advance understanding and implementation of virtual restoration as a fundamental component of CH conservation.


  • Advanced methodologies and techniques in virtual restoration
  • Integration of XR in cultural heritage restoration
  • 3D digitization and modeling for virtual restoration
  • Applications of artificial intelligence in virtual restoration
  • Tools and platforms for visualization and enjoyment of culturally restored assets virtually
  • Data and metadata management in virtual restoration
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations in virtual restoration: archaeology, computer science, engineering, etc.
  • Ethical and cultural challenges in virtual restoration of cultural heritage
  • Impact of virtual restoration on the conservation and dissemination of CH
  • Case studies: virtual restoration projects of archaeological sites, artworks, historic buildings, etc.


Laura Corchia graduated with honors in “Conservation of Cultural Heritage - University of Salento)”, discussing a thesis in History and Technique of Restoration (Advisor: Prof. Raffaele CASCIARO) and in Art History at the University of Salento in 2019 (LM-89). Her master's thesis focused on the application of Augmented Reality to the frescoes of the Basilica of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria in Galatina (Advisor: Prof. Anna TRONO; Co-advisor: Prof. Lucio Tommaso DE PAOLIS). Subsequently, she pursued an additional master's academic path in EUROMACHS (European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society – LM-43), currently in its final stages. Furthermore, she is pursuing her doctorate at the University of Salento, within the doctoral school in Cultural Heritage Sciences (Supervisor: Prof. Raffaele CASCIARO; Co-supervisor: Prof. Lucio Tommaso DE PAOLIS). Her research interests focus on Virtual Restoration, 3D Modeling, Photogrammetry, and Extended Reality (XR) applied to cultural heritage. During her doctorate, she spent six months at the DigiUBU laboratory of the University of Burgos (Spain), where she dedicated herself to the virtual restoration of a Roman sculpture. She is a co-author of several scientific publications.

Bruno Rodríguez-García is a lecturer at the Computer Engineering Deparment of the University of Burgos (Spain). His research interests are focused on the application of the eXtended Reality in the dissemination of Cultural Heritage, virtual restauration, and education. He is member of the ADMIRABLE research group.