Maurizio Seracini is co-principal investigator on the IGERT-TEECH project and the Founding Director of the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3) in the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). He is also an Adjunct Professor in the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering’s Structural Engineering department, and in 2008 he was appointed a National Geographic Fellow. Seracini is a pioneer in the use of multispectral imaging and other diagnostic as well as analytical technologies as applied to works of art and structures.
He joined Calit2 at UC San Diego in 2006, more than thirty years after graduating from UCSD with a B.A. in bioengineering in 1973. Seracini returned to Italy for graduate school and received the Laurea degree in electronic engineering from the University of Padua, where he went on to study medicine. From 1975-77, he participated in the “Leonardo Project,” to locate the long-lost Leonardo da Vinci mural, “The Battle of Anghiari” and, in 1977, Seracini established Editech, a Florence-based company that was the first to provide art and architectural diagnostic services. In 1979 he co-founded the Interdisciplinary Center for Ultrasonic Diagnostics in Medicine, also in Florence.
He has studied more than 2,500 works of art and historic buildings, ranging from Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper” and Botticelli's "Allegory of Spring" to da Vinci's "Adoration of the Magi". In 1983, he investigated 19 paintings by Raphael on the 500th anniversary of the artist’s birth, and in 1991 he analyzed 19 paintings by Caravaggio in his role as scientific director of an exhibition in Florence and Rome. Since 1980, Seracini has lectured at institutions in Italy and abroad, and he has been an adjunct professor at the University of Florence in its School of Engineering, School of Architecture, and School of Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences. He has also lectured at the International University of Art in Florence; the University of Ca’Foscari (Venice); and the University of Calabria (Cosenza). Seracini’s work has been exhibited at Florence's Uffizi Gallery and the U.S. Library of Congress.
Dec 12, 2012 - "ARtifact: Tablet-based Augmented Reality for Interactive Analysis of Cultural Artifacts,"David Vanoni, Maurizio Seracini and Falko Kuester, 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia
Mar 1, 2011 - "The First Medusa: Caravaggio,"Maurizio Seracini, Mina Gregori and Maurizio Marini, 5 Continent Editions (Canada)
Jul 1, 2010 - "Tangible Interfaces for Art Restoration,"Leonardo Bonanni, Maurizio Seracini et al., International Journal of Creative Interfaces and Computer Graphics
Jan 1, 2010 - "Neutron back scattering for the search of the Battle of Anghiari,"V.R. Born, A. Cosentino, M. Seracini and R. Rosa, Applied Radiation and Isotopes, Volume 68, Issue 1
Oct 20, 2009 - "Wipe-Off: An Intuitive Interface for Exploring Ultra-Large Multi-Spectral Data Sets for Cultural Heritage Diagnostics,"K. Ponto, M. Seracini and F. Kuester, Computer Graphics Forum, Volume 28, Issue 8
Apr 7, 2009 - "Wetpaint: Scraping Through Multi-Layered Images,"by L. Bonanni, M. Seracini, J. Schulze, et al., Proc. 27th ACM International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems