[Humanist] 27.7 events: prosopography; VR; the dark side; vagueness

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu May 9 18:13:00 CEST 2013

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 7.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    "Daniel Thalmann (Prof)" <danielthalmann at ntu.edu.sg>      (12)
        Subject: Call for Papers_Virtual Reality Software and Technology (ACM

  [2]   From:    "penaloza at tcs.inf.tu-dresden.de" <penaloza at tcs.inf.tu-    (64)
        Subject: Call for papers: Vagueness, Imprecision and Uncertainty in
                Description Logics

  [3]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>          (22)
        Subject: the dark side

  [4]   From:    Seth Denbo <sdenbo at gmail.com>                             (39)
        Subject: Digital History Seminar, Tuesday 14 May: Matthew Hammond
                'The People of Medieval Scotland Database: A
                Prosopographical Survey'

        Date: Tue, 7 May 2013 03:34:30 +0000
        From: "Daniel Thalmann (Prof)" <danielthalmann at ntu.edu.sg>
        Subject: Call for Papers_Virtual Reality Software and Technology (ACM VRST2013)

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        Date: Wed, 8 May 2013 03:39:41 +0000
        From: "penaloza at tcs.inf.tu-dresden.de" <penaloza at tcs.inf.tu-dresden.de>
        Subject: Call for papers: Vagueness, Imprecision and Uncertainty in Description Logics
        In-Reply-To: <628705758.20414724.1367875264529.JavaMail.root at loria.fr>

Vagueness, Imprecision and Uncertainty in Description Logics
Special Session at the Joint Rough Set Symposium (JRS 2013)
(October 11-14, Halifax, Canada)


Description Logics (DLs) are a well-established group of knowledge
representation formalisms targeted towards the representation of
terminological knowledge and reasoning procedures for it. For applications
in areas such as the Semantic Web, Bio-medicine, Context-aware systems and
others, representation of merely crisp information is not enough. Instead it
is important to deal with vague or uncertain terms, as well as with
imprecise definitions in order to reflect better the real-world semantics
and build more adequate knowledge-based systems. In recent years, several
extensions of DLs have been developed to address these needs. However, many
problems remain open in these extensions -- ranging from fundamental
questions such as what kind of semantics do applications require to
enhancing existing reasoning algorithms and systems to handle the
associated, possibly large, data.

This special session aims at bringing together researchers working on rough,
fuzzy, and probabilistic extensions to DLs, and discussing the latest
results in the area.

We solicit theoretical contributions, new empirical results, implementation
and modeling experience reports, and system demonstrations. The session will
encourage discussions that aid in the further advancement of this emerging

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Decidable rough DL languages- Rough reasoning
- Scalable reasoning with data properties for rough set attributes
- Interaction of rough ontologies with large amounts of data
- Applications of rough ontologies
- Rough set decision tables and DLs
- Vagueness and imprecision in DLs
- Fuzzy and other extensions of DLs for vagueness
- Probabilistic DLs
- Possibilistic and other extensions of DLs for uncertainty
- System descriptions and empirical results
- Experiences on modeling vague, imprecise or uncertain knowledge

Submissions are made through Easychair at

When submitting, please make sure to select the corresponding Special

Submitted paper should be between 8 and 10 pages long, in
Springer LNCS format. All accepted papers will be published in
Springer's LNAI series.

A Special Issue of a journal is planned for the best submissions.

Submission Deadline: May 25

Maria Keet. University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Pavel Klinov. University of Ulm, Germany.
Rafael Peñaloza. TU Dresden, Germany.
Anni-Yasmin Turhan. TU Dresden, Germany.

Dr. rer. nat. Rafael Penaloza
Technische Universität Dresden
Fakultät Informatik
Institut für Theoretische Informatik
Lehrstuhl für Automatentheorie
01062 Dresden
Tel.: +49 (351) 463-38351
Fax: +49 (351) 463-37959
E-Mail: penaloza at tcs.inf.tu-dresden.de

        Date: Wed, 08 May 2013 10:45:22 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: the dark side
        In-Reply-To: <628705758.20414724.1367875264529.JavaMail.root at loria.fr>

Many here will be interested in a recent conference organized by Richard 
Grusin, Center for 21st Century Studies (Wisconsin), "The Dark Side of 
the Digital" (http://www.c21uwm.com/digitaldarkside/), reported in the 
Chronicle of Higher Education by Marc Parry for 8 May, "Scholars Sound 
the Alert From the 'Dark Side' of Tech Innovation". Google will find it, 
of course.

Some of the details, I suppose, we couldn't see coming; the future of 
the real world is never predictable (he predicts). But that the 
bandwagon promotionalism of the next-new-thing rah-rah mentality would 
lead to a balancing silliness should hardly surprise anyone. The 
journalistic spash is useful. But....

Somewhere in the world the sun has set. Time for a drink?


Willard McCarty, FRAI / Professor of Humanities Computing & Director of
the Doctoral Programme, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
London; Professor, School of Humanities and Communication Arts,
University of Western Sydney; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
(www.isr-journal.org); Editor, Humanist (dhhumanist.org);

        Date: Thu, 9 May 2013 16:14:20 +0100
        From: Seth Denbo <sdenbo at gmail.com>
        Subject: Digital History Seminar, Tuesday 14 May: Matthew Hammond 'The People of Medieval Scotland Database: A Prosopographical Survey'
        In-Reply-To: <628705758.20414724.1367875264529.JavaMail.root at loria.fr>

Digital History Seminar

Matthew Hammond
The People of Medieval Scotland Database: A Prosopographical Survey
5:15pm (BST) on 14 May 2013
Room 243 (Senate House) and live on the Web at History SPOT (

‘The People of Medieval Scotland, 1093-1314’ is a prosopographical database
that has been in production since 2007, and has been freely available
online since the summer of 2010. Since the relaunch of the database last
year, the site has had over 40,000 unique visitors from across the globe.
Now nearing completion, the database contains records on over 20,000
individuals, drawn from over 8500 medieval, mostly Latin documents. The
paper will examine some of the PoMS project’s technical innovations as well
as the new directions we hope to take in the coming years.

The seminar will take you behind the scenes of the public website to see
how this database evolved from the factoid prosopography model created for
the ‘Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England’ (PASE) by John Bradley of the
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, now Department of Digital
Humanities, at Kings College London. PoMS has developed what might be
called a ‘transactional model’ of factoid prosopography, due to the fact
that it is comprised almost entirely of transactional documents like
charters. Rather than simply recording events, the transactional model is
explicitly interested in relations between individuals as recorded in the
documents. We will examine the new structures PoMS incorporates to allow
end users the ability to research the terms of the transaction, and thus
the nature of the interaction between people, as well as multiple
transactions happening at different times within the same document. We will
look at the work of Michele Pasin, formerly of DDH, in developing new ways
for users to both search and visualise these transactions. The seminar will
finish with a consideration of the capabilities of the database for
studying the social networks, and visualising the relationships between
large numbers of people.

*Matthew Hammond* is a Research Associate in the School of Humanities at
the University of Glasgow and former Lecturer in Scottish History at the
University of Edinburgh. Since 2007, he has been a team member of the
AHRC-funded projects that created the ‘People of Medieval Scotland,
1093-1286’ database (www.poms.ac.uk) and is now working on a
Leverhulme-funded project to expand the capabilities of that database,
especially in the area of Social Network Analysis.

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