Digitising Our Heritage For The Future: An Inter-Disciplinary Dialogue

The first International Heritage Symposium and Exhibition (IHSE) 2020 is being jointly organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology (KSCST) and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi.

This event will attempt to bring together for the first time, communities from diverse disciplines such as science, technology, culture and social sciences who are engaged in conservation, preservation and management of World Heritage in the physical and digital space. It will allow for an inter-disciplinary dialogue to take place between scientists, academicians, historians, social-scientists, practitioners, museologists, policy-makers, and industry – all stake-holders in promoting Digital Heritage specifically in the Indian context.

The main objective of organizing this engagement is:

  • To create an eco-system where all stake-holders working in the Digital and Cultural heritage domain, come together and identify open issues in Indian heritage management.
  • To promote digital technology based inter-disciplinary initiatives which can have decisive contributions.
  • To define an agenda and action plan for technology-based interventions for enriching the heritage management landscape.
  • To showcase the products and services globally available in digital heritage domain and the cutting-edge research being conducted using AR/VR and AI technologies.

Emerging technologies such as the ones listed here, can lead to transformational changes in preservation, conservation and, communication of our heritage and culture.

  • Imaging,
  • Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality,
  • Machine Learning,
  • Computational Modeling,
  • Qualitative Simulation,
  • AI and IOT

This engagement will be focused on interventions driven by these technologies to well beyond tangible heritage such as monuments, to art, architecture and will be extended to all forms of cultural and historical knowledge.


A major agenda of the Symposium would be to pin-point the relevant scientific know-how and technological gaps in heritage management, specifically in the Indian context. It will have

  • Keynote and plenary talks by Indian and International speakers renowned for their work
  • Technical sessions with talks and panel discussions addressed by experts from various academic fields
    and industries; the themes of focus are:
    • Tangible: Physical meets Cyber World
      • Conservation Technologies, Traditional Engineering Systems, Physical vs Digital Restoration of Paintings and Murals, Re-construction and Re-creation of damaged sites and artefacts
    • Intangible: Performing Arts & New Media
      • Preserving the Traditions of Dance, Music, Crafts, Theatre and Folk Traditions using Multimedia
    • Heritage and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
      • Leveraging the power of AI in preservation and dissemination of cultural heritage


Organized by Vizara Technologies


The event will also see the inauguration of a month-long Exhibition at the National Museum by the honourable Minister of Culture and Tourism. It will have a major focus on interventions in the Heritage domain driven by latest technologies such as AI, AR, VR and IOT, with a showcase of the DST projects implemented by Start-ups and premier academic institutes such as the IITs and NID. Honourable Minister of Science and technology is expected to launch an edited book on indigenous digital technologies in heritage “Digital Hampi: preserving Indian Cultural Heritage” (www.digitalhampi.in) published by Springer.


General Chair
Prof. Santanu Chaudhury
Program Chair
Prof. Sumantra Dutta Roy
Professor, IIT DELHI
Industry Chair
Prof. Vijay Chandru
Chairman, Strand LS
Project Coordinator, DST
Dr. K.R. Murali Mohan
Head, ICPS Division, DST
Organising Chair
Dr. Anupama Mallik
(MD, Vizara Technologies)
Program Committee Members
  • Dr. Vijay UT, KSCST, Bengaluru
  • Prof. Bhabatosh Chanda, ISI Kolkata
  • Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, IIT Bombay
  • Prof. P. J. Narayanan, IIIT Hyderabad
  • Prof. C.V. Jawahar, IIIT Hyderabad
  • Prof. Jayanta Mukhopadhyay, IIT Kharagpur
  • Prof. Prem Kalra, IIT Delhi
  • Prof. Uma Mudenagudi, BVBCET, Hubli
  • Prof. Indu S, DTU, University of Delhi
  • Ms. Mamata N. Rao, NID Bengaluru
  • Ms. Meera Natampally, IICH Bengaluru
  • Dr. Chetan Arora, IIT Delhi

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