Director of VAST-LAB at PIN, University of Florence, Italy. A former professor at the same University until 2007, he has then directed the Science and Technology
in Archaeology Research Center at the Cyprus Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus until 2013, when he returned to Italy to direct the laboratory at PIN he had created and directed since 2001.
Since 2004, Prof. Niccolucci has participated in and led a number of
important European projects on the applications of Information Technology to Cultural Heritage, incl. ARIADNE, a research infrastructure with 28 partners to manage and integrate archaeological documentation from all European countries, which has presently
registered about two millions archaeological datasets and made them available on-line; and PARTHENOS, clustering all the most important European actors in the domain of digital humanities and cultural heritage and providing a policy strategic framework and
tools for heritage-related digital activities. He also participates in E-RIHS, the European Research Infrastructure on Heritage Science, where he coordinates the development of DIGILAB, a European registry and repository for heritage-related scientific data.
Prof Niccolucci has also led a number of projects concerning museum organization and communication, inc. CREATIVE CH, focused on the support to small museums as a factor of economic and social development.
Niccolucci’s current scientific interests
focus on the documentation of archaeological research. He has contributed to the creation of two CIDOC CRM extensions, CRMarchaeo for archaeological data and CRMba for architecture and archaeological standing structures.
Niccolucci is the author of about
100 articles on scientific journals, chapter in books and conference papers. They range from analysing the foundations of archaeological documentation and contributing to developing the CRM, to critically evaluating the use and impact of visual technologies
in archaeological research. On the latter topic, he has developed, co-chaired and curated the London Charter for the Visualization of Cultural Heritage. His most recent editorial work has concerned the special issue of the International Journal of Digital
Libraries (IJDL) titled “Extending, Mapping and Focusing the CIDOC CRM” where he contributed and was the guest editor, and a special issue of the Journal of Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH) on “Digital Infrastructures for Cultural
Heritage”, which he co-edited with two colleagues.
He has chaired a number of international conferences on the above subjects starting in 2004 with CAA2004 and continuing with the VAST series he initiated in 2000 and continued to chair until 2012.