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Dr Arianna Traviglia is the Coordinator of the IIT Centre for Cultural Heritage Technology (CCHT@Ca'Foscari). 

Lecturer in Computing Applications to Archaeology and Cultural Heritage and in Computational Thinking at the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice from 2003 to 2018, she held positions as Research Fellow at the department of Archaeology of the University of Sydney and the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University (Sydney) from 2006 to 2015. She re-entered European academia in 2015 as the recipient of an H2020 Marie Curie Fellowship, held until 2018 at the Ca' Foscari's DAIS. Before, she held positions as Visiting Scholar at  the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU) and the University of Washington.

Dr Traviglia’s work is placed at the intersection of technology and humanities and most of her research focuses on mediating the inclusion of digital practices within the study and management of cultural heritage. Her expertise lies mainly in multi and hyperspectral image processing (close and far range) for the analysis of cultural landscape and material culture. She is internationally recognised as a specialist in Landscape Archaeology, a field to which she is contributing to through the application and expansion of innovative digital survey technologies – such as Remote Sensing, GNSS, and mobile devices – in support of more traditional archaeological field methods and research. Broadly speaking, her research revolves around human-environment interactions: she uses social, cultural, ecological and spatial perspectives to study diachronic transformations of regional landscapes. Her work specifically focuses on analysing long term landscape transformations and the impact such transformations had on ancient communities as a way to investigate the human responses to variability and environmental change. For several years now, she has been investigating the nature of ancient land divisions and landscape engineering using the exceptionally well preserved landscapes of the UNESCO world heritage site of Aquileia (Italy) to unlock Roman settlement dynamics, principles and agenda.

She is a member of the Executive Steering Committee of the International Computer Application and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) association and its Publication Officer; she is also a member of the IKUWA (International Congress of Underwater Archaeology) Steering Committee. 

She is the co-Editor of the Open Access Journal of Computer Application in Archaeology (JCAA) and has chaired the 41st Computer Applications in Archaeology Conference (CAA2013 Perth Across space and time ) in 2013, the  6th International Congress of Underwater Archaeology (IKUWA 6) in 2016 and the Aerial Archaeology Research Group (AARG) conference in 2018.

Dr Traviglia is or has been a Principal Investigator of several projects funded by the European Commission and centered around the use of digital technologies for cultural heritage analysis and protection, such as H2020 VEiL project (MSC action) and H2020 NETCHER. She was also one of the Management Committee (MC) members of the COST Action CA15201 Archaeological practices and knowledge work in the digital environment (Arkwork 2018-2021) and one of its Core Team Members.

She is currently director of a project (Cultural Landscapes Scanner CLS) funded by the European Space Agency focused on the use of satellite imagery and AI for detecting buried archaeological sites and Co-Investigator of the H2020 REPAIR project focused on automated reconstruction of Roman frescoes in fragmentary state in Pompeii.