[Humanist] 27.85 events: culture & technology; perceptual audio coding

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                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 85.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Elisabeth Burr <elisabeth.burr at uni-leipzig.de>           (207)
        Subject: ESU DH "Culture & Technology", 22 July - 2 August 2013
                University of Leipzig

  [2]   From:    Alberto Pinto <apinto at cesma.ch>                           (37)
        Subject: PERCEPTUAL AUDIO CODING Workshop: Early Registration

        Date: Sat, 01 Jun 2013 03:28:41 +0200
        From: Elisabeth Burr <elisabeth.burr at uni-leipzig.de>
        Subject: ESU DH "Culture & Technology", 22 July - 2 August 2013 University of Leipzig

"Culture & Technology" - European Summer School 
in Digital Humanities , 22 July - 2 August 2013 
University of Leipzig - http://www.culingtec.uni-leipzig.de/ESU_C_T/

The application phase has been extended for 2 
weeks and will now end the 15th of June 2013.

Please note: applications for places are 
considered on a rolling basis. Only people who 
have been attributed a place by the expert 
evaluators can register for the Summer School. 
Only registered participants can apply for a bursary.

Information on how to apply for a place in one of 
the workshops can be found at: 

Accommodation: As two important fairs take place 
in Leipzig at the same time as the Summer School, 
people who are interested in taking part in the 
Summer School are strongly advised to book / 
apply for a place in one of the comfortable but 
reasonably prized hostels or student residences 
as early as possible. For more information see 

Certificate: Participation in the summer school 
and the Workload will be certified. The Workload 
of the participation in one workshop, all the 
lectures and project presentations, the poster 
session, and the panel session taken together corresponds to 5 ECTS-Points.

Bursaries: 3 types of bursaries are available 
(see http://www.culingtec.uni-leipzig.de/ESU_C_T/node/245):

    * (1) bursaries for members of the following 
Eastern European partner universities of the University of Leipzig:
Sofiski Uniwersitet Sw. Kliment Ochridski
Uniwersytet Wroc awski
Uniwersytet Jagiellonski w Krakowie
Universitatea Babe -Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca
Moskowski gosudarstwenny uniwersitet im. M. W. Lomonosowa
Sankt-Peterburgski gosudarstwenny uniwersitet
Kazanski gosudarstwenny uniwersitet
Univerza v Ljubljani
Czech Republic
Univerzita Karlova v Praze
Kiewski nazionalny uniwersitet im. Tarasa Schewtschenko
Republic of Belarus
Beloruski gosudarstvenny uniwersitet

    * (2) 1 bursary for a member of one of the 
following non-European partner universities of the University of Leipzig:
Addis Ababa University
Universidad Nacional de Cuyo - Mendoza
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
Universidad de Chile
Pontificia Universidad Católica
Universidad de los Andes
People's Republic of China
Renmin University of China
Tongji University
Gadjah Mada University
State University of Jakarta / University of Brawijaya
Ben Gurion University
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Waseda University
Chiba University
Carleton University
University of Alberta
Universidad de La Habana
Colegio de México, Mexico
Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima
South Africa
Universiteit Stellenbosch
Damascus University
University of Dar es Salaam
United States of America
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama
Binghamton University, State University of New York
Kent State University, Ohio
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusets
University of Houston, Texas Rice University, Texas
University of Arizona, Tucson

    * (3) several bursaries for participants who 
are not members of the above partner universities 
of the University of Leipzig.

The Summer School is directed at 60 participants 
from all over Europe and beyond. The Summer 
School wants to bring together (doctoral) 
students, young scholars and academics from the 
Arts and Humanities, Library Sciences, 
Engineering and Computer Sciences as equal 
partners to an interdisciplinary exchange of 
knowledge and experience in a multilingual and 
multicultural context and thus create the 
conditions for future project-based cooperations 
and network-building across the borders of disciplines, countries and cultures.

The Summer School aims to provide a stimulating 
environment for discussing, learning and 
advancing knowledge and skills in the methods and 
technologies which play a central role in 
Humanities Computing and determine more and more 
the work done in the Arts and Humanities, in 
libraries, archives, and similar fields. The 
Summer School seeks to integrate these activities 
into the broader context of the Digital 
Humanities, where questions about the 
consequences and implications of the application 
of computational methods and tools to cultural 
artefacts of all kinds are asked. It further aims 
to provide insights into the complexity of 
humanistic data and the challenges the Humanities 
present for computer science and engineering and their further development.

In all this the Summer School also aims at 
confronting the so-called Gender Divide, i.e. the 
under-representation of women in the domain of 
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) 
in Germany and Europe. But, instead of 
strengthening the hard sciences as such by 
following the way taken by so many measures which 
focus on the so-called STEM disciplines and try 
to convince women of the attractiveness and 
importance of Computer Science or Engineering, 
the Summer School relies on the challenges that 
the Humanities with their complex data and their 
wealth of women represent for Computer Science 
and Engineering and the further development of 
the latter, on the overcoming of the boarders 
between hard and soft sciences and on the 
integration of Humanities, Computer Science and Engineering.

The Summer School takes place across 11 whole 
days. The intensive programme consists of 
workshops, public lectures, regular project 
presentations, a poster session and a panel discussion.

Workshops (http://www.culingtec.uni-leipzig.de/ESU_C_T/node/226):

    * Computing Methods applied to DH: TEI-XML Markup and CSS/XSLT Rendering
    * Query in Text Corpora
    * Stylometry: Computer-Assisted Analysis of Literary Texts
    * Editing in the Digital Age: From Script, to Print, to Digital Page
    * Art History: Research and Teaching going Digital
    * Interdisciplinary approaches to the study 
of multimodal human-human / human-machine communication / interaction
    * Large Project Planning, Funding, and Management
Each workshop consists of a total of 15 sessions 
or 30 week-hours. The number of participants in each workshop is limited to 12.

Lectures (http://www.culingtec.uni-leipzig.de/ESU_C_T/node/260):

    * Gregory Crane (Universität Leipzig, Germany 
/ Tufts University Boston, USA): „Open Philology 
and a Global Dialogue among Civilizations“
    * Ray Siemens (University of Victoria, 
Canada): „Perspectives on Knowledge Construction in the Humanities“
    * Christof Schöch (Universität Würzburg, 
Germany): „Big? Long? Smart? Messy? Data in the Humanities“
    * Manfred Thaller (Universität Köln, 
Germany): „Praising Imperfection: Why editions do not have to be finished“
    * Jean Guy Meunier (Université du Québec à 
Montréal, Québec): „Reading and analyzing text in the digital world“
    * Nicoletta Calzolari (CNR-ILC, Pisa, Italy): 
„Language resources and semantic web“
    * Marco Büchler (Universität Leipzig, 
Germany): „Historical Text Re-use Detection: Behind the scene“
    * Karina van Dalen-Oskam (Huygens Institute 
for the History of the Netherlands, The Hague, 
NL): „Helpful, Harmless or Heretical?“
Project presentations:

The call for the Summer School should also be 
intended as a call for project presentation. We 
expect above all the young scholars who 
participate in the Summer School to present their 
projects. Next to projects of the participants of 
the Summer School advanced institutional and / or 
funded projects by scholars from the Humanities, 
Computer Science and Engineering will be presented.

Panel discussion:

The Summer School will feature a panel discussion 
devoted to the question "Humanities, Libraries 
and Computer Science - How to Manage the Synergies?"

For all the other relevant information please 
consult the Web-Portal of the European Summer 
School in Digital Humanities “Culture & 
which will be continually updated and integrated 
with more information as soon as it becomes available.

Elisabeth Burr

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Burr
Französische / frankophone und italienische Sprachwissenschaft
Institut für Romanistik
Universität Leipzig
Beethovenstr. 15
D-04107 Leipzig

        Date: Sat, 1 Jun 2013 11:44:24 +0200
        From: Alberto Pinto <apinto at cesma.ch>
        Subject: PERCEPTUAL AUDIO CODING Workshop: Early Registration Extension

Dear all,

Early registration for CESMA Summer Workshop on Perceptual Audio Coding has been extended to Friday, June 14.

Best wishes,

Alberto Pinto


Call for Participation: First CESMA Summer Workshop on PERCEPTUAL AUDIO CODING

Lecturers: Marina Bosi and Richard Goldberg (Stanford University and The Brattle Group)

   CESMA: LUGANO - Switzerland - July 26-30, 2013


*  EXTENDED EARLY REGISTRATION Deadline:  Friday, June 14, 2013   *


CESMA (European Center for Studies in Music and Acoustics) is pleased to announce a 5-day summer workshop on PERCEPTUAL AUDIO CODING taught by Marina Bosi and Richard Goldberg, leading experts in the field of audio and video coding. The ultimate goal is to provide students with a solid enough understanding of the major issues in the theory and implementation of perceptual audio coders that they are able to build their own simple audio codec. This workshop represents a synthesis of Bosi and Golberg's well established graduate course at Stanford University (now going into its 17th year) attracting students and professionals from all over the world.

Musicians/composers interested in exploring widely used digital audio technology; Anyone looking to know more about media technology used in our every-day lives; Engineers/computer scientists/product designers interested in exploring the principles and practices of audio coding standards.

Perceptual audio coders are used in many applications including Digital Radio and Television, Digital Sound on Film, Multimedia/Internet Audio, Portable Devices, and Electronic Music Distribution (EMD). This Workshop integrates digital signal processing, psychoacoustics, and programming to provide the basis for understanding and building perceptual audio coding systems. The first part of the workshop presents the basic principles underlying all the core components of a perceptual audio coding system. In the second part, design choices applied in state-of-the-art audio coding schemes, e.g. AC-3 (aka Dolby Digital); MPEG Layers I, II, and III (MP3); MPEG Advanced Audio Coding (AAC); MPEG-4 are presented; time permitting MPEG Surround and Unified Speech and Audio Coding (USAC) will be also discussed. In-class demonstrations will allow students to hear the quality of state-of-the-art implementations at varying data rates and they will be programming their own simple perceptual audio coder during the workshop.

The workshop will consist of half-day lectures, half-day supervised lab sessions, and classroom exercises and discussions. In addition to addressing basic theory and implementations, classroom sessions will feature state-of-the-art audio coding demos. Participants are encouraged (but by no means required) to bring their own laptop computers. Knowledge of basic digital audio principles and programming experience is expected. The lab sessions will be carried out using Python -- a high level, easy-to-use programming language with syntax that will feel familiar to any programmer of C/C++, Java, or Visual Basic. (Prior Python programming experience is not required or expected.)

- Marina Bosi, Stanford University, CA, USA
- Richard Goldberg, The Brattle Group, USA

Marina Bosi, Richard E. Goldberg, Introduction to Digital Audio Coding and Standards, Springer, 2003.

CESMA is located in the historical buildings of the collegiate church of Agno, on the shores of the Lake of Lugano, a peaceful location only a few minutes away from the city center by train.
Lugano, the largest town in the region of Ticino, is not only Switzerland's third most important financial centre and a conference, banking and business centre, but also a town of parks and flowers, villas and sacred buildings. With Mediterranean flair, Lugano offers all the advantages of a world-class city, combined with the cachet of a small town.


For technical inquiries please contact:

Alberto Pinto
Centro Europeo per gli Studi in Musica e Acustica
Via Prada, 9 CH6982 Lugano-Agno, Switzerland
Phone (CH):  +41 77 496 40 94
Phone (IT):    +39 345 060 4542
E-mail: apinto at cesma.ch
URL: http://cesma.ch

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