Symposia Keynotes:

  • Chance Coughenour, Program Manager at Google Arts & Culture, coordinates cultural heritage preservation efforts on a global scale. He organizes partnerships and leads projects which employ emerging technology for cultural heritage documentation and dissemination. Prior to joining Google, Chance participated in archaeological research and cultural heritage documentation projects throughout Europe and the Americas. He is also the co-founder of Rekrei, a volunteer, crowdsourcing project for destroyed heritage. He was previously a Marie
    Skłodowska-Curie fellow at the Institute for Photogrammetry at the University of Stuttgart in Germany.
  • James Hayes (Carleton Immersive Media Studio): James is a PhD candidate at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism and a researcher at the Carleton Immersive Media Studio. His research focuses on coupling digitization technologies such as laser scanning and photogrammetry with digital fabrication technologies like 3D printing, CNC routing and robotic milling. This has been realised through a series of collaborative projects with the masons and sculptors working on the current rehabilitation of the Parliament Buildings National Historic Site of Canada. James has worked in architectural practice in Ottawa and Dublin, Ireland, and holds a B.Sc. in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University, and an M.Arch. from Carleton University.Most recently he became a founding partner of If Then Architecture Inc., a firm that aims to leverage digital technologies in the conception and realization of architecture
  • Elizabeth Lee serves as Managing Director for CyArk, an international non-profit organization with the mission to capture, archive and share the world’s cultural heritage. Her expertise includes developing international partnerships in support of technology driven solutions for cultural heritage protection, education, and appreciation. Originally trained as an archaeologist with excavation experience in Turkey and Hungary, Elizabeth has been applying 3D technologies to the cultural field for over a decade. She has extensive experience in working with foreign governments and local communities including cultural ministries and the United Nationals Educational Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and top technology organizations including Google, Microsoft, IBM, Autodesk, Seagate, and Iron Mountain.  Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and is a member of the US Chapter of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). She was the 2015 Winner in the South by Southwest (SXSW) Eco Place by Design competition.
  • Fabio Remondino (Bruno Kessler Foundation) is head of the 3D Optical Metrology research unit ( at the Bruno Kessler Foundation, a public research center located in Trento, Italy. He received a PhD in photogrammetry from ETH Zurich in 2006 and an Italian scientific qualification as Full University Professor in 2013. His main research interests are in the field of reality-based surveying and 3D modeling for earth observation, monitoring, heritage documentation and industrial metrology. He is interested in automation aspects concerning image orientation, dense image matching, registration of range data, semantic classification, etc. He has authored over 200 publications in journals and international conferences and he received 10 awards for best papers. He has organized more than 50 international scientific events, among conferences, workshops, summer schools and tutorials. Fabio is currently serving as President of the ISPRS Technical Commission V (, as Vice-President of CIPA ( and President of EuroSDR Commission I (
  • Brandon Montellato is the University Relations Manager at DJI, serving as the lead liaison for university research. He also supports DJI STEAM academic partnerships to develop certification programs, curriculum, and education applications. Prior to joining DJI, Brandon led strategic accounts and engineering services for Skycatch where he was deployed with major mining and construction clients, such as DPR, Skanska and Rio Tinto. He holds a B.A. in Corporate Communications from San Francisco State University.
  • Richard O’Connor (Heritage Documentation Program, US Park Service): is Chief of the Heritage Documentation Programs (HABS, HAER and HALS), part of the Cultural Resources programs at the U.S. National Park Service, for which he provides administrative oversight as well as directing the Historic American Engineering Record. He earned his PhD in history at the University of Pittsburgh and held a variety of college and university adjunct teaching positions before joining the HAER program in 1990. As a HAER historian he prepared studies on a wide variety of historic industrial sites, including glass manufacturing, brick making, cotton gins, iron pipe foundries, and water delivery systems. He has overseen the acquisition and deployment of high-definition laser scanning equipment and the return of photogrammetry (now digital vs large-format plate) in HABS, HAER and HALS documentation.
  • Yan HE (President of Tsinghua Heritage Institute for Digitization – THID) is a senior engineer, a national certified planner, and a national certified designer responsible for national cultural relics conservation. She’s a member of ICOMOS China and CIPA; a think tank member of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, China and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, China. She graduated from Tsinghua University, a top university in China, with a master degree in architecture and heritage conservation. Yan He’s expertise includes architecture, planning, built heritage conservation, protection and interpretation of archaeological sites, digital heritage, and international cooperation. She has presided over 40 cultural heritage projects about world and national cultural heritage, including the National Key Technology R&D Program “Re-Relic: Research of the Digitized Yuanmingyuan and Demonstration of Cultural Tourism Application”. She also has initiated the theoretical system “Digital Heritage”, and promoted the innovation transformation and industrial practice in fields like cultural tourism and creative industries. She has won 7 national prizes and 6 provincial awards. Over 40 academic papers and 9 books about architecture history study and culture heritage conservation were published in professional conferences and journals, both at domestic and abroad.

NSERC Create Programme on Heritage Engineering Keynotes:

  • Alonzo C. Addison (international leader in digital innovation for heritage, engineering and the arts), Digital Catalyst. Executive leadership, strategy and management at the nexus of 3D digital technology and society—from business planning to operations, funding to outreach, & research to innovation. Past Director of External Relations & Information, United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Special Advisor to the Director, UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
  • Koen Van Balen,  Holder of Unesco chair on preventive conservation, maintenance and monitoring of monuments and sites supported by the Fund established by PNP of Janssen Pharmaceutica at K.U.Leuven. Member of the scientific committee of the Joint Program Initiative on “Heritage and Global Change”. Director of the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (University of Leuven).

SSHRC New Paradigm / New Tools Keynotes:

  • Gustavo Araoz, President of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). From 1995 to 2009  he served as Executive Director of US/ICOMOS in Washington, DC.  ICOMOS is a professional association that works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places around the world and offers advice to UNESCO on World Heritage Sites. Now headquartered in Paris, ICOMOS was founded in 1965 in Warsaw as a result of the 1964 Venice Charter. ICOMOS currently has over 9,500 individual members in 144 countries, is represented by 110 National Committees, and provides specialised conservation advice by way of its 28 International Scientific Committees