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 36.

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 an associate 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 = 32). 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

Postdoctoral Researchers (update November 2018: recruitment is still ongoing)


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 with title 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.

E-mail: nina.sietis at

Key aspects of activity:

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

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.

E-mail: lorelei.vanderheyden at

Key aspects of activity:

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

Dr. Andrea Antonio Verardi. After graduating in “Medieval History” at Sapienza University of Rome (2008). During his master degree he joined the team directed by prof. Wolfgang Huschner for the project ‘Italia Regia’. He obtained his PhD in Church History at the University of Rome Tor Vergata (2013) by defending a thesis with title “. During his PhD he was Fellow at the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI), at the École pratique des hautes études (Paris) and at the Istituto Italiano per gli studi Storici “B. Croce”(Neapols). He was Post-Doc in Medieval History at Sapienza University of Rome (2015-2016). Within NOTAE project she works on Historiographical and Canonical Latin Sources (V-VII century) and Latin documents.

E-mail: andreaantonio.verardi at

Key aspects of activity:

  • Late Antiquity and Early Medieval History
  • Church History

Dr. Francesco Leotta (PhD in Engineering in Computer Science, currently post-doctoral researcher 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 PhD course, and currently as research fellow, he collaborated to different EU research projects. His current h-index is 9.

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

Affiliated collaborators, PhD students e students

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