Lercari’s Heritage Interpretation Visualization and Experience (HIVE) Lab was established in the summer 2016 at the University of California, Merced.

HIVE Lab is located in the Classroom and Office Building 2 (COB2), the newest building on campus, in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts.

The HIVE is home to an interdisciplinary group of researchers, at the graduate and undergraduate level, investigating a broad range of topics including digital heritage, digital archaeology, remote sensing for heritage diagnostics, unmanned aerial systems, virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (A/R).

HIVE Lab is committed to develop new knowledge and methods in heritage preservation and to understanding how digital technologies influence cultural awareness and participation in the protection of natural and cultural resources in California and worldwide.

The HIVE is a cutting-edge research facility equipped with small UAS, laser scanners, multispectral and hyperspectral cameras, VR and A/R headsets, data processing and analysis software that allow its members to discover, develop, and implement data science workflows that span the fieldwork, analysis, visualization, and simulation of heritage data.

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