Principal Investigator

Antonella Ghignoli is Full Professor of Paleography at Sapienza–University of Rome, after having been Assistant Professor of Latin Palaeography, Codicology and Diplomatics at the Universities of Viterbo-La Tuscia and Florence. She has authored several books and articles, and some are downloadable here. Her main fields of interest include, among others, documentary writings from late antiquity to the early Middle Ages, charters of rulers and literacy in early medieval Europe, textual criticism and critical edition of documentary records, methodology of history and research methodologies in palaeography and diplomatics.

E-mail: antonella.ghignoli at

Key aspects of activity:

  • Latin palaeography
  • Diplomatics (late antique and early medieval)
  • Literacy and written culture in late antiquity and early middle ages

Leaders of the NOTAE Detached Research Unit

Operating at Sapienza Università di Roma, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica Automatica Gestionale “Antonio Ruberti”

Prof. Tiziana Catarci has main research interests in theoretical and user oriented aspects of information access, user interfaces, usability, digital libraries, e-learning, cooperative information systems, and data management. She has been for several years the vice-rector of Sapienza for ICT. His current h-index is 39.

E-mail: catarci at

Key aspects of activity:

  • Coordination of the user interaction design process for the NOTAE system
  • Data visualization techniques

Prof. Massimo Mecella is a full professor in Engineering in Computer Science at Sapienza; he is conducting research in the fields of software architectures, information systems, distributed middleware and service oriented computing, mobile and pervasive computing, process management, data and process mining, big data analytics, advanced interfaces and human-computer interaction, focusing on smart applications, environments and communities. He is author of about 170 papers (h-index = 36). He has been/is currently involved in several European and Italian research projects. He regularly acts as EC reviewer for project proposals and projects, and expert of EIT – European Institute for Innovation and Technology.

E-mail: mecella at

Key aspects of activity:

  • Analysis and design of the NOTAE software system
  • Software architecture of the NOTAE system

Assistant Professors

Dr. Francesco Leotta (PhD in Engineering in Computer Science, currently assistant professor at DIAG) has main research interests in smart environements and cyber-physical systems, including cultural heritage sites. He focuses in particular on the application of machine learning and data mining techniques in such scenarios. During his research activity, he has been collaborating to different EU research projects. His current h-index is 12.

E-mail: leotta at

Key aspects of activity:

  • Methods, techniques and development of the NOTAE system
  • Pattern mining applied to NOTAE symbol repository
  • Computer vision applied to graphic symbols
  • Data management techniques
  • Advanced user interfaces

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Nina Sietis. After graduating in ‘Filologia, Letterature e Storia del Mondo Antico’ at Sapienza Università di Roma (2013) with a dissertation focussing on greek palaeography, she obtained her PhD at the same University by defending a thesis entitled “La produzione manoscritta nei milieux studiti tra i secoli IX e X” (2016). During her PhD she joined the team directed by prof. Daniele Bianconi for the FIRB project ‘Codices Graeci Antiquiores’. In 2016 she was awarded a scholarship for the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris) and then worked together with the team of the ‘Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams’ (, supervised by prof. Kristoffel Demoen. She is member of the ‘Associazione Italiana dei Paleografi e Diplomatisti.

E-mail: nina.sietis at

Key aspects of activity:

  • Greek and Latin palaeography
  • Documentary papyrology
  • Codicology
  • Philology

Dr. Anna Monte graduated in Classics at the Università degli Studi di Udine with a thesis in Papyrology. From 2010 until 2017 she worked as Research Assistant at the digitization project of the Berlin Papyrus Collection (Berliner Papyrusdatenbank). Meanwhile, she completed her PhD dissertation at the Humboldt University in Berlin (2018), which focused on the edition of hitherto unpublished Greek papyri from the Berlin Collection (documents, literary and medical texts). She is deeply interested in exploring linguistic and material issues from everyday-life of Greco-Roman-Byzantine Egypt, especially by editing and analyzing documentary and medical papyri.

E-mail: anna.monte at

Key aspects of activity:

  • Documentary papyrology
  • History of Roman and Byzantine Egypt
  • History of Ancient Medicine

Dr. Maria Boccuzzi. After graduating in ‘Beni archivistici e librari’ at University of Bari (2013) she obtained her PhD in Palaeography at the same University by defending a thesis entitled I fondamenti materiali della tradizione testuale di Cipriano: la tarda antichità (2017). She collaborated on the project IMAI ‘Inscriptiones Medii Aevi Italiae’ (Research Unit of Bari, directed by prof. Paolo Fioretti) and since 2019 she is member of the ‘Associazione Italiana dei Paleografi e Diplomatisti’. She is the author of some papers in latin palaeography, focusing on the so called African uncial script, on the female written culture in late antiquity, and on the manuscript transmission of Cyprian’s works.

E-mail: maria.boccuzzi at

Key aspects of activity:

  • Latin palaeography (Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages)
  • Late Antique literacy

Dr. Zahra Ziran. After graduating in ‘Information Engineering’ at the University of Guilan (2012) with a dissertation focusing on forecasting undesirable weather conditions using Data Mining techniques, she obtained her PhD at the University of Florence(DINFO) by defending a thesis entitled “Deep learning-based object detection models applied to document images” (2020). During her PhD, she worked at AI Lab under the supervision of Prof.Simone Marinai. Her field of research interest is Artificial Intelligence (AI). Within AI, she is interested in problems related to Document Analysis , machine learning, data mining, and graph neural network.

Key aspects of activity:

  • Document Image Analysis
  • Historical Text Recognition and classification
  • Deep learning

Former Postdoctoral Researchers


Dr. Loreleï Vanderheyden holds a PhD in Coptic Papyrology from the École Pratique des Hautes Études since 2015 and is currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the ERC-NOTAE team. Her doctoral thesis focused on publishing a corpus of written correspondence in Coptic, found in a family archive of the sixth century CE in Middle Egypt. She has been a member of the “Byzantine World” component of UMR 8167 since 2008, and a postdoctoral fellow since 2016. She is the author of articles of papyrology and is particularly interested in paleography, in the history of Byzantine Egypt and in the edition of ancient texts.

Key aspects of activity:

  • Documentary papyrology
  • History of Late Antique Egypt
  • Coptic and Greek papyrology

Dr. Andrea Antonio Verardi

Key aspects of activity:

– Late Antiquity and Early Medieval History

– Church History

Affiliated Researcher

Dr. Livia Briasco obtained her Bachelor’s degree in “History, Anthropology, History of Religions” with a thesis in latin diplomatics at La Sapienza Università di Roma (2015) and then her Master’s degree in “Historical sciences: medieval history and palaeography” at the same university (2017) with a thesis in greek palaeography. For her merits through the Master’s program, she was awarded the title of “Laueato eccellente” from La Sapienza (2018). In 2021 she obtained her PhD in greek paleography defending a dissertation entitled “La produzione libraria di lusso nella piena età comnena (1100-1180): tre case-studies tra sperimentazione e mimesi grafica”. For this research, in 2019-2020 she was awarded a Dissertation Grant from the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at the Hellenic College Holy Cross (Brookline, Massachusetts). Since 2020 she has been enrolled in a second level master’s degree in Library Science at the Vatican School of Library Science; her graduation is scheduled for 2022.


Key aspects of activity:

  • Greek and Latin Paleography
  • Diplomatics
  • Medieval History

Dr. Lauren S. Ferro is Ph.D. student of Interaction Design at Sapienza University of Rome. She is currently undertaking her second Ph.D. on cybersecurity in the school of Engineering and Information Technology at Sapienza University of Rome. Her first Ph.D. was completed at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University in Melbourne, Australia and focused on player profiling and modeling. She is an active researcher in the area of HCI and user-centered design and has authored several books on game development.

Email: lauren.ferro at

Key aspects of activity:

  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Human Factors
  • Cybersecurity
  • User-Centered Design
  • Game and Gamification design and development

Eleonora Bernasconi graduated in Management Engineering at the Sapienza Università di Roma. In 2018 she dealt with Deep Learning and Computer Vision at the Italian Institute of Statistics. In 2019 started her Ph.D. in Engineering in Computer Science at the Department of Computer Control, and Management Engineering of Sapienza University of Rome. Her research is focused on knowledge extraction and image processing applied to the challenging field of Cultural Heritage.


Key aspects of activity:

  • Definition and exploration of the NOTAE Knowledge Graph
  • Data analytics in NOTAE

Silvestro Veneruso is a Ph.D. student in Engineering in Computer Science at the Department of Computer, Control and Management Engineering “Antonio Ruberti” of Sapienza University or Rome. His research is mainly focused on Smart Space Automation, providing in particular solution that are the crossroad between artificial intelligence and Human-Computer Interaction.

Email: veneruso at

Key aspects of activity:

  • Analysis and Design of the NOTAE system
  • SW Architecture of the NOTAE system
  • SW Development of the NOTAE system


Former affiliated collaborators

Laura Cardinale, undergraduate in “Historical Sciences” (Master degree, curriculum in Medieval History) at Sapienza University of Rome.

Key aspects of activity in the project (2020-2021): updating and processing of the bibliographical data of the NOTAE project; assistance in the coordination of the project