The CIRMA is an interdepartmental center of the University of Turin involving teachers and researchers from the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Humanities.


The CIRMA develops research on

Digital Creativity

CIRMA has developed various approaches to Digital Creativity and have proved to be a platform where artists and creatives may share ideas with scholars and researchers.

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Digital Cultural Heritage.

CIRMA has structured a specific approach to Digital Cultural Heritage in the light o the formal representation of domain specific knowledge. Using semantic annotation and computer ontologies we try to bring forth a notion of “heritage” that applies to both tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

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The Cirma is an interdepartmental center of the University of Turin involving teachers and researchers in the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Humanities.


The CIRMA promotes theoretical and applied research on the modeling of creative multimedia content, including the development of installations and applications in a broad sense,
particularly with regard to:

Semantic description of the digital item by computational ontologies

The online access of cultural items has triggered a vast amount of research
on the machine-readable representation of such items. CIRMA address this task though the use of computational ontologies.

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Semantic based analysis and annotation of dramatic items

The semantic analysis of drama is being addressed through formal tools of representation. This also provides the basis for the metadata annotation of dramatic items. CIRMA has created a formal language and annotation method called Drammar.

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Real time audio synthesis for the sound design, interfaces with audio libraries

Audio production for multimedia makes more and more usage of procedural methods
and sound libraries. CIRMA address sound design with an integrated approach of real time synthesis and interface with libraries.

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Intelligent and targeted distribution of digital creative content

As creative content goes digital, the case is for distribution systems that are effective in the recommendation task. CIRMA pursues an approach that takes advantage of the intelligent representation of content and the modeling of users’ behaviors.

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Multimedia installations offline and online in real public contexts

Research in multimedia production cannot avoid the application of techniques to real cases. This is why CIRMA addresses the challenges of installations with real audiences.

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Techniques for automatic data visualization

Today complex systems cannot reach designers, scholars in humanities, decision makers, and general audiences without effective visualizations of the content. Infographics and visualization techniques provide effective displays of knowledge and content. CIRMA addresses this task in the context and content types that characterize its domains.

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Definition of languages for writing / control of performance and installations

A number of multimedia artists and performers devise languages for designing and controlling their installations/performances. CIRMA carries on a research line about the formal languages and tools that can effectively address such task.

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Digital Heritage and Digital Creativity

The promotion of cultural heritage through digital means is more and more related to digital creativity. On-site installations and online web-based applications strongly contribute to the access of cultural heritage. They are careful mixes of artistic creations and respectful treatment of the heritage content.

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The CIRMA participates in projects large and small scale, nationally and internationally , and is funded by national and European funds. Among its activities are interactive installations, digital performanece, documentation templates for contemporary art, formal representation for live shows, 3D interfaces for complex environments.


CIRMA produces a large quantity and variety of publications.


Furthermore CIRMA has regular sessions of seminars/talks/meetings every year (68 at the end of 2011), most of which are on line for streaming thanks to Laboratorio Quazza.