[Humanist] 24.3 events: mss studies; high-performance computing

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Fri May 7 07:36:34 CEST 2010

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 3.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Arianna Ciula <ACiula at esf.org>                            (38)
        Subject: ESF RNP COMSt: workshop on Digital Approaches to Manuscript
                Studies and travel grants

  [2]   From:    Geoffrey Rockwell <geoffrey.rockwell at ualberta.ca>         (82)
        Subject: Public Talks at the University of Alberta

        Date: Thu, 6 May 2010 15:50:13 +0200
        From: Arianna Ciula <ACiula at esf.org>
        Subject: ESF RNP COMSt: workshop on Digital Approaches to Manuscript Studies and travel grants

The first Workshop devoted to Digital Support for Manuscript Analysis organised by the Team on "Digital Approaches to Manuscript Studies" within the ESF Research Networking Programme on "Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies" (COMSt) will take place on 23-24 July 2010 in Hamburg, Germany.
The tentative Workshop programme is as follows:
23 July 2010
14:00-16:30: Digitisation techniques: general (incl. state-of-the-art survey)
16:30-17:00: Coffee break
17:00-19:30: Digitisation techniques: special cases (palimpsests, scattered manuscripts)
20:00: Dinner
24 July 2010
8:30-11:00: Material analysis: tools and techniques
11:00-11:30: Coffee break
11:30-13:30: Support for codicological and palaeographic analyses
Each session will be introduced by a keynote speaker and followed by a facilitated discussion.

The Workshop venue will be Hamburg University, Asia-Africa Institute, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1 (East), 20146 Hamburg.
Three travel grants will be made available for those willing to attend the workshop and unable to cover their expenses. The application deadline is 15 June 2010. For more information see http://www1.uni-hamburg.de/COMST/bandi.html
As all ESF RNP activities, the workshop is open to everyone who may be interested to attend. The participation is free of charge. If you are willing to attend, please do contact the programme coordinator Evgenia Sokolinskaia (eae at uni-hamburg.de) and the Team Leader Jost Gippert (gippert at em.uni-frankfurt.de).
Kind regards,
Arianna Ciula

Dr. Arianna Ciula
Science Officer

European Science Foundation 
Humanities Unit
1 quai Lezay Marnésia 
BP 90015
F-67080 Strasbourg

Email: aciula at esf.org
Tel: +33 (0) 388767104

        Date: Thu, 6 May 2010 17:07:32 -0600
        From: Geoffrey Rockwell <geoffrey.rockwell at ualberta.ca>
        Subject: Public Talks at the University of Alberta

Dear all,

Associated with our MIND THE GAP workshop we have a series of public 
talks next week at the Telus Centre at the University of Alberta. 
Please join us for any of these events.


Geoffrey Rockwell
Philosophy and Humanities Comptuing
Mind the Gap: Bridging the Humanities and High-Performance Computing
(May 2010)

MIND THE GAP is a week-long workshop on the uses of High Performance
Computing in the humanities with the goal of coordinating a research
agenda at the intersection of HPC and the digital humanities. MIND THE
GAP combines invited talks and time for training and development. For
more information see the MIND THE GAP web site,

http://ra.tapor.ualberta.ca/mindthegap/ .

The invited talks are open to all and include:

Robyn Taylor: Exploring Human Computer Interaction through Performance

May 11th, 9:30am, Telus Centre, Room 236-238

Our research team conducts practice-based research into human computer
interaction using my work as an interactive artist to probe and explore
the way people interact with ambiguous interfaces in public spaces. We
have adopted a pragmatic strategy of addressing technologically mediated
participatory performance in order to use collaborative performance as
an investigatory tool in the exploration of user behavior. By taking a
holistic view of the evaluation of the interplay between the designed
artefact (the performance content) and the people who interact and
relate to it, we extract insights from the performance with the
intention of informing the process of designing interaction mechanisms
for more conventional public interfaces. This presentation will describe
the interplay between creative practice and investigative research to
illustrate how a multidisciplinary approach can help explore new problem

Robyn Taylor is a member of the Advanced Man-Machine Interface
Laboratory at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her research and
creative interests combine her two great loves: music and technology.

Patrick Juola: Computers, Conjectures, and Creativity

(or How we can get the computer to do the heavy lifting for us)

May 11th, 2:30pm, Telus Centre, Room 236-238

Computers and massive databases have made literary research much easier;
you can have literally millions of books at your fingertips. At the same
time, this has made literary research much harder; if you don't know
exactly what you're looking for, you can't possibly read "literally
millions of books." This paper explores some of the implications of a
new method of reading --- more accurately, a new method of avoiding
reading --- using automatic hypothesis generation. Discussed are some of
the intellectual precursors such as exploration of the mathematics of
graph theory, a new system for generating and testing hypotheses via
supercomputer, and some of the potentials for interpreting and using
computer-generated "facts" to achieve human understanding.

Patrick Juola is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Duquesne
University. He has worked on authorship attribution and on text

Paul Lu: Cloud Computing and HPC

May 12th, 2:30pm, Telus Centre, Room 236-238

Paul Lu will be talking about cloud computing and high performance
computing solutions. He will introduce cloud computing and talk about
how it can be used in research. He will discuss WestGrid's approach to
cloud computing.

Paul Lu is on the Executive of WestGrid, a high performance computing
consortium involving major research universities in Western Canada. He
is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computing Science of the
University of Alberta.

Stephen Ramsay, Knowing It When You See It: Humanistic Inquiry in the
Age of Big Data

May 13th, 9:30am, Telus Centre, Room 236-238

Large-scale data repositories -- of which Google Books is a striking,
though not exclusive example -- are prompting humanists to ask questions
like "What do you do with a million books?" and to propose new tools and
techniques for analyzing cultural heritage materials at scale. For
Stephen Ramsay, such questions and proposals underscore long-standing
cultural anxieties about humanistic inquiry and computing. He suggests
that radical changes may need to be made in the way both fields conceive
of themselves methodologically, and points out some ways in which
present debates about technology reflect older forms of concern about
classification, preservation, canonicity, and interpretation.

Stephen Ramsay is an Associate Professor of English and a Fellow at the
Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln. He has written and lectured widely on subjects related
to software design for the humanities and critical theory. His book,
Reading Machines: Toward an Algorithmic Criticism, is due from the
University of Illinois Press later this year.

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