Internationales Congress Center
Munich, Germany
21 - 24 June 2021
Conference 11784
Optics for Arts, Architecture, and Archaeology (O3A) VIII
Conference Committee
This conference is no longer accepting submissions.
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Important Dates
Abstract Due:
24 January 2021
Conference O3A (OM103) abstract due date extended to 1 February 2021

Author Notification:
9 March 2021

Manuscript Due Date:
19 May 2021

Call for

The Optics for Arts, Architecture and Archaeology Conference, 8th under O3A series and 10th since its conception, is being held again in Munich as part of the SPIE Optical Metrology Symposium at the World of Photonics Congress in June 2021. We are proud to celebrate 20 years of this optics community in 2021.

O3A is an established event for discussing advanced methods and new instruments for the historical study, conservation and documentation of cultural heritage. The symposium is a unique forum focused on optics research in the field of heritage science. Optics applications in cultural heritage has a long and dynamic history owing to the non-destructive nature of optical imaging starting with microscopy, infrared photography and X-radiography. Optical imaging provided the most popular methods of examination for cultural heritage before micro-chemical analysis became possible. In recent years, the development of new imaging and spectroscopic techniques have revitalized the application of optics in cultural heritage. The non-invasive nature of these techniques has meant that whole objects and collections can now be examined with multiple techniques which will inevitably result in unprecedented amount of data collected that will in turn push new boundaries in data and image processing methods. The demand of the developing European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science ( for news instruments, data processing methods and facilities will no doubt advance the field even further.

The 2021 symposium will cover instruments and techniques that span the entire electromagnetic spectrum covering a broad range of scales along with the associated data and image processing and visualization methods. New instruments and techniques, multi-modal imaging and multi-technique integrated analysis and data fusion techniques that meets the challenges of big data analytics are expected to be the focus.

Contributions are welcome and will be considered in all fields of research for cultural and natural heritage including the following areas of interest:

  • 3D topographic scanning, surface examination and analysis (e.g. RTI, structured light and other imaging and triangulation based methods, optical profilometry etc.)
  • 3D tomographic imaging, stratigraphic and depth resolved methods (e.g. optical coherence tomography, non-linear microscopy, terahertz imaging, micro-CT etc.)
  • structural analysis (e.g. holography and other interferometric techniques)
  • imaging and spectroscopy for material analyses (e.g. the various spectral imaging modalities such as reflectance imaging from UV to infrared, fluorescence imaging and fluorescence lifetime imaging, laser induced breakdown spectroscopy, laser induced fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy, X-ray imaging, synchrotron based techniques etc.)
  • temote imaging, sensing and spectroscopy at large stand-off distances including drone based methods
  • new portable instruments for in situ applications
  • multimodal imaging and multitechnique analysis
  • multiscale and multiwavelength imaging for structural and material analysis
  • light-matter interactions (e.g. fundamentals of laser interactions with materials, light induced material degradation, including those used for the illumination and excitation in the various techniques)
  • advanced image processing methods including artificial intelligence and machine learning method to tackle big data problems
  • new data visualization methods
  • new methods and applications to cultural heritage research.

  • The symposium will be an ideal forum to introduce new applications, to exchange ideas and to discuss methods and best practices for optics applied to heritage science. The World of Photonics Congress offers a perfect opportunity for instrumentalists to engage with industry finding out the latest developments in sensor technology and optical components at the accompanying exhibition. Senior researchers, early career researchers, and students are encouraged to participate.
    Conference Committee
    Conference Chairs
    Program Committee
    • Dario Ambrosini, Univ. degli Studi dell'Aquila (Italy)
    • Marta Castillejo, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain)
    • Daniela Comelli, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
    • Claudia Daffara, Univ. degli Studi di Verona (Italy)
    • Vincent Detalle, Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France (C2RMF) (France)
    • John K. Delaney, National Gallery of Art (United States)
    • Martin C. Fischer, Duke Univ. (United States)
    • Raffaella E. M. Fontana, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (Italy)
    • Igor P. Gurov, ITMO Univ. (Russian Federation)

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