Conference Speakers

The CyArk 500 Conference session speakers are organized by the following session tracks:

The Need: Challenges Facing Cultural Heritage
Cultural heritage needs our help. Learn about the challenges facing the field from government officials, institutional experts, university professors and conservation practitioners.

The Tools: Innovations in Reality Capture
The cultural heritage field stands to benefit from the wealth of reality capture technologies now available. Experience the latest innovations in 3D hardware, software and cloud based systems.

The Benefits: Beyond Documentation
Digital documentation is only the beginning. See how these technologies can benefit local communities, bring international attention to site and provide unique educational and interpretive experiences.


Fiona Hyslop, MSP

Fiona Hyslop, MSP (Speaking Monday 1:15 – 3:00 PM)

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Scottish Government
Born in Ayrshire in 1964, in her early years Fiona Hyslop was brought up in England before returning to Scotland and graduating from Glasgow University with an MA (Hons) in Economic History and sociology. She completed a post graduate Diploma in Industrial Administration at the Scottish College of Textiles, before moving to Edinburgh to join the financial services company Standard Life where she held various positions in sales and marketing, latterly as Brand Development Manager. Fiona Hyslop was elected a Lothians MSP in 1999 and was a member of the Parliament's Education Committee. In 2007 she was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, and was responsible for re-establishing the principle of free higher education in Scotland by abolishing the graduate endowment fee. Appointed Minister for Culture and External Affairs in December 2009, Fiona Hyslop established the cultural development body, Creative Scotland, in July 2010, as part of the Public Services Reform Act. She also secured funding towards the Dundee V&A project, the new Bannockburn visitor centre, and the creation of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Ayrshire. As part of the Scottish Government's programme of international development, Fiona Hyslop launched strategic plans for engaging with India and Pakistan in 2010. Following the Scottish Parliament Elections in May 2011, she was elected MSP for Linlithgow and was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs. Her Ministerial portfolio covers External Affairs, Europe, Culture and the Arts, Broadcasting, Architecture, Built Heritage, Lottery Funding, Historic Scotland, National Records of Scotland and Major Events Strategy. She is married with three children and lives in Linlithgow.

Peter Stone, OBE

Peter Stone, OBE (Speaking Monday 1:15 – 3:00 PM)

Head of School of Arts and Cultures | Professor of Heritage Studies, International Center for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Newcastle University
Peter is the Chair of the UK’s National Committee of the Blue Shield and Secretary General of the Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield and has published widely on heritage management, interpretation and education. The Blue Shield is the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross. It is the protective emblem specified in the 1954 Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict for marking cultural sites to give them protection from attack. The Blue Shield network includes organizations dealing with museums, galleries, archives, audiovisual supports, libraries, monuments, and sites. The mission of Blue Shield is to work for the protection of the world's cultural heritage.

In 2003, Peter was advisor to the Ministry of Defence regarding the identification and protection of the archaeological cultural heritage in Iraq. He has remained active in working with the military to refine attitudes and develop processes for the better protection of cultural property in times of conflict. He has written extensively on this topic and, as part of this work, he co-edited, with Joanne Farchakh Bajjaly, The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq (2008) and edited Cultural Heritage, Ethics and the Military (2011). His 4-tier approach for cultural heritage experts working with the military has been met with interest and support from NATO.

Brian Mathews

Brian Mathews (Speaking Monday 1:15 – 3:00 PM)

Vice President, Autodesk Reality Capture
As Autodesk VP Reality Capture, Brian Mathews heads the Autodesk Reality Capture team enabling designers, engineers, and digital artists to incorporate the physical world into digital models and simulations. Reality capture involves 3D laser scanning, augmented reality, photogrammetry, computer vision, reverse engineering, and other sensor techniques. Previously, he was VP of Autodesk Labs, a showcase of innovative design technology. He held Software Architecture and Management positions for collaboration solutions, data publishing, and the graphics engines used in AutoCAD, 3DS MAX, and DWF viewers. Prior to Autodesk, he was the Chief Architect at Buzzsaw.com, the largest collaboration tool for the construction industry, and held technical positions at Sun Microsystems and Ithaca Software. He has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and holds a variety of patents covering data compression, graphics, SaaS, printing, and design collaboration.

Rohit Jigyasu

Rohit Jigyasu (Speaking Monday 3:30 – 5:00 PM)

UNESCO Chair Professor, Research Center for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University
Rohit Jigyasu is a conservation architect and risk management consultant from India, currently working as UNESCO Chair professor at the Research Center for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan and Senior Advisor to the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS). He is member of the Executive Committee of ICOMOS and president of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP). Rohit has been teaching as the visiting faculty at several national and international academic institutions in India and abroad. Rohit has also been consultant to several national and international organizations like Archaeological Survey of India, National Institute of Disaster Management, UNESCO, ICCROM and the Getty Conservation Institute for conducting research and training on Cultural Heritage Risk Management. He has contributed to several international publications and is the author of the World Heritage Resource Manual on "Managing Disaster Risks for World Heritage" published by UNESCO, ICCROM, ICOMOS and IUCN and recently published 'Training Guide on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage in Urban Areas'.


Sada Mire

Sada Mire (Speaking Monday 3:30 – 5:00 PM)

Founder & Executive Director, Horn Heritage Organization
Sada Mire is an archaeologist from Somalia. She is founder and executive director of the Horn Heritage Organization. Sada is currently advisor to former Director of the Republic of Somaliland's Department of Tourism & Archaeology, which she founded in 2007. Sada is a research associate at SOAS, UEA and UCL. Sada has conducted fieldwork in several European and African countries – from the U.K. and Denmark to Kenya and Egypt, as well as lecturing at universities. In the last five years, she and her team have made many archaeological discoveries which feature in her numerous articles and chapters in international scientific publications, such as the African Archaeological Review and Antiquity, as well as in the popular media, e.g. Discover Magazine and New Scientist. She serves as an editorial board member of the peer-reviewed journals, Heritage & Society and Southern African Archaeological Bulletin.She lived the first fifteen years of her life in Mogadishu, until 1991, when she settled in Sweden, as a result of the conflict in north-east Africa. In order to learn about the history of her new society, she studied archaeology and zoo-archaeology at Lund University. She continued at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London, for her B.A., and then attended University College London (UCL) for her M.A. and Ph.D., conducting field research in Somaliland. Sada believes that cultural heritage is a basic human need.


Carlo Bianchini

Carlo Bianchini (Speaking Tuesday 9:00 – 10:30 AM)

Associated Professor, Sapienza University of Rome
Born in 1962, after classical studies, graduated in Architecture in 1991 at “La Sapienza” University of Rome. Ph. D. in 1995 in Rilievo e Rappresentazione del Costruito (Built Environment Survey and Representation). Post-doctoral scholarship (1996-98) at “La Sapienza” University - Survey and Representation Department. Researcher since 2001 in Drawing disciplines (ICAR/17). Selected in 2004 as Associated Professor, since 2007 has been teaching at the Faculty of Architecture - “La Sapienza” University. Selected in June 2010 as Full Professsor in Drawing disciplines (ICAR/17).


Sarah Kenderdine

Sarah Kenderdine (Speaking Tuesday 9:00 – 10:30 AM)

Director, Centre for Innovation in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (iGLAM) at City University of Hong Kong
Sarah Kenderdine is at the forefront of creating and researching interactive and immersive experiences for museums and galleries. In widely exhibited installation works, she has combined cultural heritage with new media art practice, especially in the forms of interactive cinema, augmented reality and embodied narrative. She is a pioneer in panoramic and stereoscopic display systems and content creation. Dr. Kenderdine has held the position of Special Projects, Museum Victoria, Australia since 2003, and is Visiting Associate Professor and Director of Centre for Innovation in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (iGLAM) at City University of Hong Kong, Director of Research at the Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualization and Embodiment (ALiVE), and Co-Director of the LUXLAB, City University, Hong Kong. Recently, she co-edited and co-authored Theorizing Digital Cultural Heritage: a critical discourse, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2007 (third reprint 2010) and PLACE-Hampi: Inhabiting the Panoramic Imaginary of Vijayanagara, Heidelberg: Kehrer Verlag, 2013. In 2013, Kenderdine received an ICOM (Australia) Award for the Museum at Kaladham built in Karnataka, India and the Tartessos Prize for contributions to virtual archaeology worldwide.


Steven Elkins

Steven Elkins (Speaking Tuesday 9:00 – 10:30 AM)

Founder, Under The LiDAR
Mr. Elkins has been working in television for 30 years as a cinematographer, editor, and producer. Before starting his media career, he received a B.S. in Earth Science from Southern Illinois University where he also did an interdisciplinary archaeological research project on a rock shelter site he discovered. After several years as director of an environmental education program in Chicago and a field researcher for paleo-climate studies at the University of Wisconsin, Mr. Elkins moved to Los Angeles where he initially worked in petroleum engineering before succumbing to the siren call of Hollywood. His media career has garnered him an Emmy as well numerous other industry awards. Desiring to blend his scientific interests with film-making, Mr. Elkins has been fortunate to work on a variety of adventure and science oriented programming around the world. Mr. Elkins became fascinated with the Honduran Mosquitia and its lost city legends while filming there in 1994. Reading about the advent of airborne LiDAR as a tool for unveiling archaeological ruins he formed a company (UTL…Under The LiDAR) with colleagues to explore the Mosquitia jungle using LiDAR while producing a documentary about the process and results.

Virgilio Paredes Trapero

Virgilio Paredes Trapero (Speaking Tuesday 9:00 – 10:30 AM)

Director of Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History (IHAH)
Director Paredes took on his post as head of IHAH in 2010 following a successful career in international relations and time spent as the executive of national and international organizations in the Americas and in Europe. In his capacity as Director of IHAH, Ing. Paredes works to protect and promote the many heritage sites around Honduras.

Juan Carlos Fernandez Diaz

Juan Carlos Fernandez Diaz (Speaking Tuesday 9:00 – 10:30 AM)

Senior Researcher at the University of Houston and the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM)
Juan Carlos is from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. His formal education includes a BS in Electrical Engineering and a MBA obtained from universities in Honduras as well as MS and Ph.D. degrees in Geosensing Systems Engineering from the University of Florida. His master’s thesis in 2007 was focused on the utilization of early generation terrestrial laser scanners (TLS) for scientific in applications, among which he investigated its application in paleontology and archaeology excavations. Besides his formal education Juan Carlos has training and experience in fields such as aviation, Earth and space sciences, most recently he has become a dedicated student of Eastern Honduran history and archaeology. He is currently a Senior Researcher at the University of Houston and the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM). Working for NCALM he has participated in the utilization of Airborne Mapping LiDAR for archaeological prospection projects in Belize, Mexico and Honduras. As an engineer, researcher, technologist, pilot, explorer, and adventurer, Juan Carlos is very interested in the application of geospatial science and technology to bring progress to developing countries.

Christopher T. Fisher

Christopher T. Fisher (Speaking Tuesday 9:00 – 10:30 AM)

Archaeologist, Associate Professor, Colorado State University, Director of Legacies of Resilience
Chris Fisher is an associate professor of anthropology at Colorado State University. He received his Doctorate and MA degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. His work appears in edited volumes, including co-edited books such as, Seeking a Richer Harvest: An Introduction to the Archaeology of Subsistence Intensification, Innovation, and Change, and The Archaeology of Environmental Change: Socionatural Legacies of Degradation and Resilience, along with journals such as theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Anthropologist, and others. Most recently Fisher has helped pioneer the use of LiDAR to remotely document and map ancient urban centers in Mesoamerica and Central America, including Mexico and Honduras. Fisher has conducted fieldwork in several areas of the United States, Mexico, Portugal, and Albania. His work is supported by the National Science Foundation, National Geographic, the Heinz Foundation, and private donors. In 2007 Fisher received the Gordon R. Willey Award from the American Anthropological Association.

Nigel Randall

Nigel Randall (Speaking Tuesday 1:30 – 3:00 PM)

Head of IS, Historic Royal Palaces
As the head of Information Services at Historic Royal Palaces, Nigel Randall has firsthand knowledge of the challenges site managers face when developing and integrating a digital strategy. Nigel has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry spanning Heritage, Aerospace, Petrochemical and Retail industries. His work for the John Lewis Partnership involved heading up a number of teams covering Network Infrastructure and Security, Middleware Systems and e-commerce technology areas. He successfully developed the John Lewis Partnership's direct services website Greenbee.com and managed a major multi-channel e-commerce initiative for Waitrose. His previous roles in the Petrochemical Industry saw him developing and supporting safety critical IT Systems for a number of major Oil Producers. Nigel's extensive IT background arms him with a strong understanding of all aspects of IT from networking technologies, through to application development and support.


Mike Bosse

Mike Bosse (Speaking Tuesday 1:30 – 3:00 PM)

Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Computational Informatics
Dr. Bosse is a Principal Research Scientist for CSIRO Computational Informatics in Australia. He joined the robotics group at CSIRO's Autonomous Systems Laboratory in February 2006. His research interests include SLAM, image processing, and robot control. Most recently, he helped to pioneer the Zebedee mobile indoor mapping system, which is distributed by 3D Laser Mapping. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Dr. Bosse received a PhD in EECS from M.I.T. in 2004, where for his thesis he developed the Atlas Framework for large scale simultaneous localization and mapping.

Paul Turnbull

Paul Turnbull (Speaking Tuesday 1:30 – 3:00 PM)

President, Mid-Pacific Institute
Paul Turnbull will discuss the benefits of exposing high school students to heritage documentation technology early on. He is the President of the Mid-Pacific Institute, one of Hawaii's most dynamic and forward-thinking educational institutions, and the former Superintendent of the competitive Santa Inez Valley Union High School District in California. He was instrumental in making Santa Inez Valley Union High School the first CyArk technology center at the high school level. Through his leadership, the school purchased a Faro Focus3D scanner, panoramic imaging equipment and software, and point cloud data processing software (including Leica's Cyclone and Bentley's Pointools) in order to incorporate laser scanning and processing directly in lesson plans. Throughout his 16-year academic career, Dr. Turnbull has placed children first in his thinking and actions and he is committed to continuing his innovative, diverse and cutting-edge philosophies and incorporating technology in the teaching process. Paul Turnbull earned his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He earned his Masters of Education from University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada.


Philippe Marquis

Philippe Marquis (Speaking Tuesday 3:30 – 5:00 PM)

Director of the French Archaeological Delegation in Afghanistan (DAFA)
Philippe Marquis became Director of the French Archaeological Delegation in Afghanistan (DAFA) in 2009, having previously been Deputy Director of DAFA since 2006. From 2004-2009 Mr. Marquis worked on the excavations at Balkh and Cheshm-e Shâfa and on various projects in Afghanistan such as Més Ainak (Logar), Bamiyan, Lashkari bazar (Helmand province), Panjshir, Wakhan corridor (Badakshan province). Previously, Mr. Marquis had served as archaeologist for the Municipality of Paris for 25 years as Conservateur du Patrimoine, dealing mainly with archaeological projects related to development programs. During this period he also worked on projects in Pakistan, UAE, and Oman dealing with sites from the Neolithic to Bronze Age period. From 1994 to 1996 Mr. Marquis was appointed as UNESCO coordinator for the rescue excavations of downtown Beirut, a huge urban archaeology program involving up to 500 people. He graduated in prehistoric archaeology at Paris 1 University (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and in Arabic at INALCO (Institut National des Langues et Civilisation Orientale better known as Langues ‘O). He recently published a “Dictionnaire d’archéologie” ed. Larousse.

Jeremy Suratt

Jeremy Suratt (Speaking Tuesday 3:30 – 5:00 PM)

Senior Solution Marketing Manager
Jeremy Suratt joined Iron Mountain in 2011 and has responsibility for archival storage solutions within their data management business. In this role, he researches how companies can leverage tape, disk and cloud to more cost effectively manage their large data archives. Jeremy has over 15 years of experience in product management, product marketing and development at leading software and services companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Tufts University.

Scott Lee

Scott Lee (Speaking Tuesday 3:30 – 5:00 PM)

Project Manager
Originally trained as an architect, Scott now oversees all of CyArk's projects. He has personally conducted fieldwork for CyArk on three continents. He is responsible for managing projects from the planning stage to public launch on the CyArk website. In addition to his day to day duties overseeing projects, Scott administers data security and management for CyArk’s continually growing archive. In this role, Scott has become an expert in data storage, migration and management.

Thomas Howe

Thomas Howe (Speaking Tuesday 3:30 – 5:00 PM)

Coordinator General, Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation | Chair Professor, Architecture and Art History, Southwestern University
Thomas Howe is an art and architectural historian, field archaeologist, architectural design teacher and cultural-properties master-planner and administrator. As chair of the art department and later art history he has lead the creation of two departmental programs in studio art and art history at Southwestern. His Harvard dissertation of 1985, The Invention of the Doric Order, and his commentary and illustrations for a new translation of Vitruvius’ Ten Books on Architecture (Cambridge University Press, 1999) are widely used by scholars in both fields. He has written on Hellenistic architecture in Asia Minor (The Artemis Temple at Sardis), Roman architecture (a book on the Roman Forum under contract for Cambridge University Press), and the culture and architecture of elite Roman villas. As field architect and stratigrapher he has excavated in Asia Minor (Sardis), Greece, Britain, Rome (the Palatine) and Stabiae near Pompeii. Since 2000 he has been the Coordinator General of the Restoring and Stabiae Foundation and the chief author of the master plan to create a large archaeological park on the site, as well as chief archaeologist and master planner.