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Sorin Hermon studied BA at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev between 1991 - 1993, in the Department of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, with majors in Prehistory and Classical Archaeology and minors in Cultural Anthropology, Art History and History of the Bible. During his studies he received a full university scholarship and was employed as research assistant in Prehistory (field supervisor in department’s excavations and laboratory research). In 2006 he graduated (MA) in Prehistory from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. His MA thesis focused on statistical methods for prehistoric surveys and analysis of Upper Paleolithic lithic assemblages. Between 1997 – 2002 Sorin studied towards a PhD in Archaeology at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where he taught courses in Prehistory, Human Evolution, Research Methodology and Computer Applications to Archaeology (mandatory and elusive courses at BA and MA levels). His studies were fully covered by a University scholarship. In 1998 and 1999 he was awarded a “Training and Mobility” scholarship, within the EC funded project ICARUS, in order to perform research on supercomputing applications in archaeology, at CINECA, Italy. Following his PHD graduation in 2002, Sorin Hermon was offered a post-doctorate in scientific visualization for cultural heritage at PIN, University of Florence, where he became Senior Researcher. In 2008 he was offered a position at The Cyprus Institute, where he currently is Associate Professor in Digital Cultural Heritage, responsible for academic and research activities in the field of digital cultural heritage.
Sorin leads the Digital Cultural Heritage research group at STARC, The Cyprus Institute (CyI), which focuses its scientific activities on two convergent fields: 3D approaches to the study of the past and big data for knowledge repositories. He is director of STARLAB, a mobile laboratory for Heritage Science, including instrumentation for non-invasive chemical-physical measurements, 3D documentation, technical imaging and remote sensing. The mobile lab provides scientific expertise to archaeological excavations in Cyprus and the region, art museums and heritage collections. A most recent achievement is the inclusion of STARLAB and its related scientific activities into E-RIHS, the European Research Infrastructure on Heritage Science, where CyI fulfill the role of a regional hub for the infrastructure. Sorin is a member of the Steering Committee of E-RIHS PP, the Preparatory Phase of E-RIHS.
Within this context, Sorin’s research focuses on developing workflows for art characterization based on the integration of non-invasive and non-destructive chemical – physical analyses with technical imaging and 3D surface documentation for answering specific art history questions and the consequent development of STARLAB’s relevant instrumentation capacities for research and innovation.
Sorin obtained competitive grants from various EU programs, most recent ones being EMAP, ARIADNE, E-RIHS PP and GRAVITATE. Sorin is author of one book, editor of several books and peer-reviewed conference proceedings and author of more than 60 scientific papers. He is currently supervising three PhD students and is regularly teaching courses in the Science and Technology in Archaeology doctoral program of the Cyprus Institute.
His research interests are computer applications to archaeology, in particular ontologies, 3D scientific visualization, semantic structures and archaeological digital documentation. He is a member of CAA, EAA, IIPP, VAST, IPP, VSMM, and a member of the scientific committee of VSMM, VAST and CAA conferences. Sorin Hermon published two books, he is co-editor of several books and peer-reviewed conference proceedings, and author of more than thirty scientific publications.