[Humanist] 26.344 events: InterFace; Humanities Hack; Robots & Avatars; language

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Wed Oct 3 07:20:07 CEST 2012


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 344.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Andrew Prescott <andrew.prescott at kcl.ac.uk>               (53)
        Subject: Humanities Hack, 21/22 November 2012, London

  [2]   From:    Andrew Prescott <andrew.prescott at kcl.ac.uk>               (88)
        Subject: ROBOTS AND AVATARS, MARIBOR, SLOVENIA, 5th OCT EXHIBITION
                OPENS

  [3]   From:    "Lauersdorf, Mark R" <lauersdorf at uky.edu>                 (44)
        Subject: Call for Abstracts: Language Technology at KFLC 2013

  [4]   From:    Leif Isaksen <leifuss at googlemail.com>                     (57)
        Subject: InterFace 2013 Call for Venue


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        Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2012 12:47:04 +0100
        From: Andrew Prescott <andrew.prescott at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: Humanities Hack, 21/22 November 2012, London
        In-Reply-To: <4B0983572BB1C74E885632DE440FC1FA147A2651 at UM-excdag-a02.um.gwdg.de>


Humanities Hack

When: 21st-22nd November 2012
Where: Guys Campus, Hodgkin Building, London, SE1 1UL*

Humanities Hack is the first Digital Humanities hack organised jointly
by the Department of Digital Humanities, DARIAH, the Digitised
Manuscripts to Europeana (DM2E) project and the Open Humanities Working
Group at the Open Knowledge Foundation.

The London event is the first of a series of hack days organised for
Digital Humanists and intended to target research-driven experimentation
with existing Humanities data sets. One of the most exciting recent
developments in Digital Humanities include the investigation and
analysis of complex data sets that require the close collaboration
between Humanities and computing researchers. The aim of the hack day is
not to produce complete applications but to experiment with methods and
technologies to investigate these data sets so that at the end we can
have an understanding of the types of novel techniques that are emerging.
We are providing a few open humanities data sets but we welcome any
addition. We are currently collecting data sets here
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Al6mO9_3Hr2PdFJ2aEFzNTZZMVVDbkJZWXB1YTRkOWc#gid=0

Possible themes include but are not limited to

-          Research in textual annotation has been a particular strength
of Digital Humanities. Where are the next frontiers? How can we bring
together insights from other fields and Digital Humanities?
-          How do we provide linking and sharing Humanities data that
makes sense of its complex structure, with many internal relationships
both structural and semantic. In particular, distributed Humanities
research data often includes digital material combining objects in
multiple media, and in addition there is diversity of standards for
describing the data.
-          Visualisation. How do we develop reasonable visualisations
that are practical and help build on overall intuition for the
underlying Humanities data set
-          How can we advance the novel Humanities technique of Network
Analysis to describe complex relationships of 'things' in
social-historical systems: people, places, etc.

With this hack day we seek to from groups of computing and humanities
researchers that will work together to come up with small-scale
prototypes that showcase new and novel ways of working with Humanities data.

As numbers are limited for this hack, please register at
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFp1eExmUVMtWG1YUkNZSnFFd05EWlE6MQ

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sam Leon
(sam.leon at okfn.org) or Tobias Blanke (tobias.blanke at kcl.ac.uk)

-----------------------------------------------------

As part of the work on its Digital Transformations theme
(http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Research-funding/Themes/Digital-Transformations/Pages/Digital-Transformations.aspx), 

the Arts and Humanities Research Council is organising a Digital
Transfomations Moot at the Mermaid Conference Centre in London on Monday
19 November 2012.  Registration for this event is free and those joining
the Humanities Hackfest might also enjoy attending the Moot. Further
details can be found at:
http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/News-and-Events/Events/Pages/Digital-Transformations-Moot.aspx'

My best wishes,
Ele Kraft



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        Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2012 15:41:32 +0100
        From: Andrew Prescott <andrew.prescott at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: ROBOTS AND AVATARS, MARIBOR, SLOVENIA, 5th OCT EXHIBITION OPENS
        In-Reply-To: <F07C0370-8ADF-49E5-8E77-40B7EA1BF0BB at bodydataspace.net>


> Subject: 	ROBOTS AND AVATARS, MARIBOR, SLOVENIA, 5th OCT EXHIBITION OPENS
> Date: 	Tue, 2 Oct 2012 14:09:02 +0100
> From: 	Ghislaine Boddington <ghislaine at bodydataspace.net>

*Robots and Avatars On Tour - Exhibition, Debates and Learning Experiences *
*at KIBLA in Maribor **Slovenia, October 5–30, 2012**, Slovenia as part
of the European City Of Culture*
/

*ROBOTS AND AVATARS – OUR COLLEAGUES AND PLAYMATES OF THE FUTURE?
*Interdisciplinary exhibition, performances, debates, workshops, guided
tours**

http://kiblix.org/kiblix2012/ra

*FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5th:*
*
*
*Workshops* (last day of three days) *- Virtual Worlds and Avatars -
Michael Takeo Magruder, Drew Baker (UK):
*
*1–4 pm interactive social experiment*
Martin Bricelj Baraga, Slavko Glamočanin / MoTA (Slovenia): Public avatar;
Venue: KIT KIBLA, Glavni trg 14, Maribor, Slovenia

*6-8 pm debate no. 1:
Ethics and behaviours of robots and avatars in real world usage
*
Introduction and moderation: Ghislaine Boddington (body>data>space)

Artists' input to a specific question about ethics and behaviours in
relationship to their work in the exhibition and how they see this
relating to the "real world" evolving around us: Mey Lean Kronnermann,
Michael Takeo Magruder, Niki Passath, Martin Hans Schmitt, Martin Bricelj
Baraga.

Experts overview/comments: Jože Slaček, Istvan Szakats, Peter Tomaž Dobrila

Venue: Multimedia Centre KIBLA, Ul. kneza Koclja 9, entrance from
Svetozarevska street, Maribor, Slovenia

*8 pm opening of the exhibition*
The exhibition presents a variety of immersive experiences – from
unconventional approaches to social networks, re-defining and exploring
their influences and dead ends, through virtual worlds rendered into
pixels through the act of touch, collaborative landscapes stretching
beyond the confines of popular gaming, to electro-acoustic biological
extensions, wearable technologies and interactive robotic elements that
affect and try to define us, to seemingly ordinary, human behaviour
imitating robots.

Exhibiting artists and artworks: Louis Philippe Demers/Processing Plant
(CA, DE): The Blind Robot; Ruairi Glynn / Motive Colloquies (UK): Sociable
Assymetry; Michael Takeo Magruder, Drew Baker, Erik Fleming, David Steele
(UK): Visions of Our Communal Dreams; Niki Passath (AT): ZOE; Mey Lean
Kronemann (DE): lumiBots; Sašo Sedlaček (SI): Beggar 1.0; Andre Almeida,
Gonçalo Lopes, Francisco Dias, Guilherme Martins (PT): NAVI; Marco
Donnarumma (UK): Music for flesh II; Martin Bricelj Baraga, Slavko
Glamočanin / MoTA (SI): Public avatar, Martin Bricelj Baraga (SI):
RoboVox; Aymeric Mansoux, Dave Griffiths, Marloes de Valk (FR, UK, NL):
Naked on Pluto; Salvatore Iaconesi, Oriana Persico / Art is Open Source
(IT): The Electronic Man; Matthieu Cherubini (CH): rep.licants.org
 http://rep.licants.org ; Martin
Hans Schmitt (DE): Robot world

Venues: Multimedia Centre KIBLA, Ul. kneza Koclja 9, entrance from
Svetozarevska, Maribor and KIT KIBLA, Glavni trg 14, Maribor, Slovenia

*9 pm Opening performance*

Marco Donnarumma (UK): Music for flesh II

Venue: KIT KIBLA, Glavni trg 14, Maribor, Slovenia
After: social gathering/open communication between artists and audience

*SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6TH*

*4-6 pm Children Workshop *Clack Roach by May Lean Kronemann

*7-9 pm debate no. 2:
Artificial Intelligence – evolutions in robotics and virtual worlds
*
Introduction and moderation: Ghislaine Boddington (body>data>space)

Context set-up/ present situation on AI/slide show: Noel Sharkey,
Professor of AI and Robotics at the University of Sheffield.

Artists' inputs on AI in relationship to their work in the exhibition; how
they see this relating to the "real world" evolving around us and where
will AI be in these worlds of representation 10 years from now: Louis
Philippe Demers, Drew Baker, Marco Donnarumma, Ruairi Glyn

Experts: Istvan Szakats, Peter Tomaž Dobrila, Cameron Bobro, Denis Savkić

Venue: Multimedia Centre KIBLA, Ulica kneza Koclja 9, entrance from
Svetozarevska street, Maribor, Slovenia

*October 8th–30th, 2012
Guided Tours every day* (except Sundays) each full hour from 10 am till 6
pm by Maja Vuksanovič - Pardeilhan

Kindly welcome, all events are admission free!
-----------------------------------------------
The exhibition is part of the RACIF project, coordinated by
body>data>space, London (UK) and partners AltArt, Cluj-Napoca, Romania and
KIBLA, Maribor, Slovenia. The project is supported by Programme Culture of
the European Union. The Slovenian version is financially supported by the
Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of
Slovenia and co-produced with Maribor 2012 – European Capital of Culture.

_______________________________________________
*Robots & Avatars website *more info <http://www.robotsandavatars.net/blog/>



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        Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2012 15:49:18 +0000
        From: "Lauersdorf, Mark R" <lauersdorf at uky.edu>
        Subject: Call for Abstracts: Language Technology at KFLC 2013
        In-Reply-To: <F07C0370-8ADF-49E5-8E77-40B7EA1BF0BB at bodydataspace.net>

Dear colleagues,

I would like to invite you to submit an abstract for participation in the 8th annual Language Technology sessions at KFLC: The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference.

The KFLC is an international, multidisciplinary academic conference with a 66-year history of bringing together top researchers in language, literature, culture, and linguistics in the fields of Arabic, East Asian, French and Francophone, German-Austrian-Swiss, Hispanic, Luso-Afro-Brazilian, and Neo-Latin Studies, as well as Language Technology, Translation and Cultural Studies, and Second Language Acquisition.  The KFLC offers broad exposure for your work, gathering over 750 scholars in these disciplines from around the world.

The Language Technology division ("LangTech at the KFLC") was inaugurated at KFLC 2006.  In bringing a technology track to a high-level international academic conference with a strong literary-cultural tradition and orientation, we provide a forum for both academics and technologists to engage in a discussion of technological innovation in the teaching and research of world literatures and cultures (in addition to the more customary discussions of technology in language instruction).  Indeed, "LangTech at the KFLC" seeks to encourage cross-pollination of ideas across languages and literary-cultural interests, encouraging participants from all KFLC literature, culture, and linguistics divisions to join in discussions on integrating technology into their teaching and research programs.

I have included below the official Call for Papers for this year's LangTech at the KFLC 2013.  I hope that you will consider bringing your work in Language Technology to Lexington to showcase for us, and that you will share this call broadly with your colleagues.

I look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you here in the spring.

Best regards,

Mark Lauersdorf


----- CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - LANGTECH AT THE KFLC - 18-20 April 2013 -----

LangTech at the KFLC is 8 years old this year!

At the intersection between technology and literary, cultural, language, and linguistic teaching and research, we welcome submissions on any aspect of:

*** Technology for Literature & Culture, Language & Linguistics ***

This includes, but is certainly not limited to:
- integrating technology into literature, culture, and linguistics curricula and classrooms.
- faculty research in literature, culture, and linguistics employing technology ("digital humanities").
- technology for student projects and research in literature, culture, and linguistics.

Abstracts are, of course, also welcome in all other areas and aspects of technology and language, such as:
- using tech tools and techniques for language instruction in all skills and on all levels.
- mentoring language educators in optimal use of technology in their teaching and research.
- employing technology-based research publication in language scholarship.
- managing language technology in an academic setting.

The KFLC is an international academic conference that brings together top researchers in language, literature, culture, and linguistics in the fields of Arabic, East Asian, French and Francophone, German-Austrian-Swiss, Hispanic, Luso-Afro-Brazilian, and Neo-Latin Studies, as well as Translation and Cultural Studies, and Second Language Acquisition.  We would like to see this broad range represented in the Language Technology sessions, to encourage cross-pollination of ideas across the languages and disciplines and to encourage participants from the literature, culture, and linguistics sessions to join us in our discussions on integrating technology into teaching and research.

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words in length and should be submitted directly online at:

** http://kflc.as.uky.edu/ **

In view of the multi-language audience that we hope to attract to all Language Technology sessions, the recommended language of presentation is English.  Presentation sessions are 30 minutes in length (including a 5-10 minute question and answer period).

** Deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 November 2012. **

All proposed abstracts will be considered for inclusion in the KFLC program.  Acceptance of a paper implies a commitment on the part of the participant(s) to register and attend the conference. All presenters must pay the appropriate registration fee by 15 February 2013 to be included in the program.  The conference will take place 18-20 April 2013 on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

For more information on conference logistics, please visit: http://web.as.uky.edu/kflc/.   For specific information on the Language Technology sessions, contact the division director at the coordinates listed below.

If you’ve been with us before, come join us again for Year 8!  If you’ve never been, make this the year to come to beautiful springtime Kentucky for "LangTech at the KFLC"!

Mark Lauersdorf
----------------------------------- -----------------------------------
Dr. Mark Richard Lauersdorf.
KFLC -- Language Technology division director.

Associate Professor of Languages and Linguistics.
Director, Research in Computing for Humanities.

1055 Patterson Office Tower.
University of Kentucky .
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0027, USA.

phone: ++ 859.257.7101.
fax: ++ 859.257.3743.
e-mail: lauersdorf at uky.edu
http://www.rch.uky.edu/
http://linguistics.as.uky.edu/users/mrlaue2/


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        Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2012 19:36:31 +0100
        From: Leif Isaksen <leifuss at googlemail.com>
        Subject: InterFace 2013 Call for Venue
        In-Reply-To: <F07C0370-8ADF-49E5-8E77-40B7EA1BF0BB at bodydataspace.net>


Dear all (and with apologies for X-posting)

The Call for an InterFace 2013 Venue has just been released. Please
consider submitting a proposal and feel free to get in touch with me or via
the email address at the bottom if you have any queries.

All the best

Leif

-- 
Dr. Leif Isaksen
Deputy Director, Web Science Doctoral Training Centre
Lecturer in Digital Humanities
University of Southampton
l.isaksen at soton.ac.uk

5th INTERFACE SYMPOSIUM ON HUMANITIES AND TECHNOLOGY (2013)

CALL FOR VENUE

Following highly successful events in Southampton, Warwick, London and
Birmingham,
we would like to invite applications to host the the 5th InterFace
Symposium on the Humanities and Technology. InterFace brings together Early
Career and Doctoral Researchers from across both humanistic and technical
disciplines for an intense two day programme of talks and activities in
order to facilitate greater cooperation between these areas. The format
continually evolves but frequently includes lightning talks, specialist
'how-to' presentations, academic speed-dating and opportunities to meet and
engage with future collaborators. Programmes of previous events are
available at:

http://www.interface2011.org.uk/
http://www.interface2012.org.uk/

Applications should submitted via Google form at the link below:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dFBhVDN6eW9IZ3RCekEzUjJzM0hWVlE6MQ

This must include a statement that lays out the organisers' vision for the
event, and in particular how they intend to facilitate the twin themes of
skills training and community building. We would also recommend including
the following information where possible:

- A named committee (including short bios or relevant experience). We recommend
between 4-6 people with a mix of both Humanities and Technology backgrounds.
- Indications of Institutional Support. InterFace is usually run as a joint
venture between several departments or institutions although this is not a
requirement.
- Ideas for sessions. It is important to maintain the general spirit of
previous InterFace events, but we encourage experimentation with the format.
- Ideas for guest speakers. A mixture of home institution and external
presenters
is appropriate. It is _very_ important to provide a good mix of humanistic
and technology-centric presentations.
- Budget. The Steering Committee is able to suggest possible sources of
funding but organisers will be responsible for acquiring them so any ideas
for additional funding opportunities will be relevant.

None of the above information is mandatory but will be taken as representative
of what prospective organisers wish to achieve and their ability to do so.

The deadline for applications is October 21st. If you have any questions
about the InterFace format, previous events, or the application process
please feel to contact the Steering Committee at:
interface at interface2011.org.uk

The InterFace Steering Committee:
Alberto Campagnolo, Andreia Martins Carvalho, Alejandro Giacometti,
Claire Ross, Jassim Happa, Leif Isaksen, Tychonas Michailidis,
Rikki Prince, Matteo Romanello, Raffaele Viglianti





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