Franco NICCOLUCCI received a degree in Mathematics from the University of Florence in 1970. After being Assistant Professor at the University of Pisa, he became Professor at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Florence in 1974, where he taught until 2007. He was also the Director of the STARC -Science and Technology in the Archaeology Center of the Cyprus Institute (CY). He is an expert in Informatics and Multimedia applied to the valorization and preservation of Cultural Heritage and founder of VAST-LAB, a research lab located at PIN in Prato, Italy. With this lab he coordinated several EU-funded projects, the latest beign the ARIADNE and PARTHENOS projects. He has authored several books and over 100 papers on digital heritage, and has chaired a number of international conferences on the subject. He was the chair of CAA2004 and founder of the VAST conference series in which he co-chaired the 2000, 2003, 2004, 2011 and 2012 editions.