Welcome Note by the Director of ICS-FORTH

Dear Visitors,

"Macedonia from fragments to pixels" is a unique, highly innovative exhibition of interactive systems on topics related to Ancient Macedonia, developed by the Institute of Computer Science of the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (ICS-FORTH), in collaboration with the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.

The presented interactive exhibits are based on the pioneering research outcomes of the Ambient Intelligence Programme of ICS-FORTH. Ambient Intelligence constitutes an evolution of Information and Communication Technologies which responds to the current increasing demand for anytime anywhere availability of information and electronic services. In such a context, we develop intelligent environments showing the ability to adapt to people and better serve human needs and requirements. We also test new technologies and applications, studying their potential impact on individual users, as well and on society as a whole. In the application domain of culture, these technologies offer today a new experience when visiting exhibitions and museums, by combining information and learning with fun, and has the potential to significantly contribute spreading knowledge about Greek culture, art and history to the wider public.

ICS-FORTH has a long tradition of activity in the application domain of culture, including the development of information systems for the management and documentation of museum exhibits, which are in use in many museums in Greece and abroad, the creation of interactive and robotic museum guides, the elaboration of models of cultural data, as well as the contribution to international standards in the area of cultural documentation.

Since its establishment in 1983, ICS-FORTH is making significant contributions to the development of an Information Society acceptable to all citizens, through developing novel technologies and applications that support people in everyday life activities, and transform computer systems into human-friendly tools embedded in their natural physical environment. Such technologies are applied in wide range of application domains, including health, education, work, entertainment, and socio-economic inclusion of disabled and elderly people.

Professor Constantine Stephanidis
Director, ICS-FORTH