[Humanist] 28.260 events: history of computing (2); gaming; medical informatics

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Thu Aug 14 07:53:49 CEST 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 260.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Wintner Shuly <shuly at cs.haifa.ac.il>                      (15)
        Subject: Medical Hebrew Informatics – Workshop and Hackathon

  [2]   From:    "Gallo, Jason A" <jgallo at ida.org>                         (23)
        Subject: Annual SIGCIS Workshop: Deadline Extended to Nov. 15

  [3]   From:    Marten Düring <m.duering at zoho.com>                       (51)
        Subject: --2nd Workshop on Computational History (HistoInformatics

  [4]   From:    Geoffrey Rockwell <grockwel at ualberta.ca>                  (27)
        Subject: Replaying Japan 2014

        Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:21:39 +0000
        From: Wintner Shuly <shuly at cs.haifa.ac.il>
        Subject: Medical Hebrew Informatics – Workshop and Hackathon

> From: Raphael Cohen <rafi_cohen17 at hotmail.com<mailto:rafi_cohen17 at hotmail.com>>
> Subject: Medical Hebrew Informatics – Workshop and Hackathon
> Date: August 13, 2014 at 10:55:15 GMT+3

We are happy to invite you to the first Medical Hebrew Informatics – Workshop and Hackathon.

The workshop will be held on Sunday, September 21th, 2014 at BGU.
Israel’s centralized health system is a treasure trove for medical informatics studies. Since most clinical notes are in Hebrew, taking advantage of this potential rich knowledge source requires specific techniques, and tools. The same tools can also help medical researchers tap the deluge of Hebrew health consumer texts available online in medical QA sites and forums. Both cases require Natural Language Processing methods for the practice of medical informatics or Data Science in Medical Hebrew.

In this workshop, we will review medical informatics methods combining NLP and dive in two use cases dealing with Hebrew medical texts.

The workshop will include hands-on practice with the Medical Hebrew NLP software pipeline recently developed at Ben-Gurion University.

More adventurous participants are invited to remain for a hackathon over night, where the tools will be put in practice to develop practical software tools manipulating and mining Hebrew medical text.

For additional information please contact: cohenrap at bgu.ac.il<mailto:cohenrap at bgu.ac.il>
Please register for free at our website: http://www.cs.bgu.ac.il/~cohenrap/hebrewmedical/

Thank you,
Raphael Cohen and Michael Elhadad
Computer Science Dept.
Ben-Gurion University

        Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:53:57 -0400
        From: "Gallo, Jason A" <jgallo at ida.org>
        Subject: Annual SIGCIS Workshop: Deadline Extended to Nov. 15


We've received a number of excellent submissions for this year's SIGCIS workshop on November 9 in Dearborn Michigan. Thanks to all of you who have submitted. Since we did not send around a reminder email to the list that the original deadline was approaching, we have extended the submission deadline until August 15. Please consider submitting, if you have not already done so.

The theme for this year is "Computing the Big Picture," and we are very fortunate to have Prof. Jennifer Light as our keynote speaker. An excerpt of the CFP is posted below, and the full text may be found at http://www.sigcis.org/workshop14.




SIGCIS Workshop 2014. November 9, 2014, Dearborn, Michigan

Keynote Speaker: Jennifer S. Light, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Submission Deadline Extended: August 15, 2014

The Special Interest Group for Computers, Information and Society (SIGCIS - http://www.sigcis.org) welcomes submissions for our annual one-day scholarly workshop to be held on Sunday, November 9 2014 in Dearborn, Michigan. This is immediately after the end of the regular annual meeting of our parent organization, the Society for the History of Technology, details of which are available from http://www.historyoftechnology.org/features/annual_meeting/. Questions about the workshop should be addressed to Andrew Russell (Stevens Institute of Technology), who is serving as chair of the workshop organizing committee. Email arussell at stevens.edu<mailto:arussell at stevens.edu>.
WORKSHOP THEME: When the history of computing began to emerge as a scholarly field forty years ago its first practitioners and consumers were computing pioneers, who favored technical accounts focused on the first electronic computers. Since then the field has developed in many directions, attracting scholars trained in a variety of historical traditions and working on a broad range of topics, time periods, and geographical settings. Work on the history of computing is increasingly influenced by methods and questions from broader fields and, in turn, is influencing scholars in other communities. This undermines the traditional, hardware centered, master narrative of computing and challenges us to integrate computing into a variety of broader historical stories. As a result, scholars working in or near the history of computing face some big questions:

* What is the place of "the history of computing in the history of technology," 26 years on from Michael Mahoney's classic article on that question?

*  How can traditional historical narratives in areas such as gender studies, economic history, or environmental history be challenged by taking seriously the role of information technology? Conversely, what might these narratives bring to deepen our understanding of information technology itself?

* Can historical questions and methods help to provide a coherent framework for new interdisciplinary areas such as software studies, Internet studies, and information studies?

* What does today's history of computing literature have to offer to computer scientists and other audiences without specialist historical training?

* How can we take seriously the complexities and unique features of computing technology while still producing work that transcends technical detail to tell stories and advance arguments of scholarly interest?

We expect most submissions to focus on particular stories rather than on directly answering these weighty questions, but would appreciate it if presenters made an effort to connect their stories to broader narratives and in doing to provide a particular practical answer to one of the questions. SIGCIS has a tradition of welcoming all types of contributions related to the history of computing and information, whether or not there is an explicit connection with the annual theme.  Our membership is international and interdisciplinary, and our members examine the history of information technologies and their place within society from a variety of scholarly perspectives including the history of technology, business history, labor history, social history, the history of science, science studies, communications, gender and sexuality studies, computing, and museum studies.


Proposals for entire sessions and individual presenters are both welcome. We hope to run special sessions featuring dissertations in progress and other works in progress. The workshop is a great opportunity to get helpful feedback on your projects in a relaxed and supportive environment. All proposals will be subject to a peer review process based on abstracts. For information on submission formats and links to our online submission system please view the full call at http://www.sigcis.org/workshop14. As planning progresses we will post updates, the full program, and pre-circulated materials there. We will provide acceptance decisions by August 24.


The top financial priority of SIGCIS is the support of travel expenses for graduate students, visiting faculty without institutional travel support, and others who would be unable to attend the meeting without travel assistance. Awards are usually in the $200-$500 range and cannot cover the full cost of attending the meeting.

        Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:40:42 +0100
        From: Marten Düring <m.duering at zoho.com>
        Subject: --2nd Workshop on Computational History (HistoInformatics 2014)--

--2nd Workshop on Computational History (HistoInformatics 2014)--

Held in conjunction with the 6th International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo 2014), 10 November 2014, Barcelona, Spain

--------------Paper submission deadline September 1, 2014---------------

The 2nd International Workshop on Computational History (Histoinformatics 2014) aims at fostering the interaction between Computer Science and Historical Science. This interdisciplinary initiative is a response to the growing popularity of Digital Humanities and an increased tendency to apply computer techniques for supporting and facilitating research in Humanities. Nowadays, due to the increasing activities in digitizing and opening historical sources, the Science of History can greatly benefit from the advances of Computer and Information sciences which consist of processing, organizing and making sense of data and information. As such, new Computer Science techniques can be applied to verify and validate historical assumptions based on text reasoning, image interpretation or memory understanding. Our objective is to provide for the two different research communities a place to meet and exchange ideas and to facilitate discussion. We hope the workshop will result in a survey of current problems and potential solutions, with particular focus on exploring opportunities for collaboration and interaction of researchers working on various subareas within Computer Science and History Sciences.

The main topics of the workshop are that of supporting historical research and analysis through the application of Computer Science theories or technologies, analyzing and making use of historical texts, recreating past course of actions, analyzing collective memories, visualizing historical data, providing efficient access to large wealth of accumulated historical knowledge and so on. The detailed topics of expected paper submissions are (but not limited to):

- Natural language processing and text analytics applied to historical documents
- Analysis of longitudinal document collections
- Search and retrieval in document archives and historical collections, associative search
- Causal relationship discovery based on historical resources
- Named entity recognition and disabmiguation
- Entity relationship extraction, detecting and resolving historical references in text
- Finding analogical entities over time
- Computational linguistics for old texts
- Analysis of language change over time
- Digitizing and archiving
- Modeling evolution of entities and relationships over time
- Automatic multimedia document dating
- Applications of Artificial Intelligence techniques to History
- Simulating and recreating the past, social relations, motivations, figurations
- Handling uncertain and fragmentary text and image data
- Automatic biography generation
- Mining Wikipedia for historical data
- OCR and transcription old texts
- Effective interfaces for searching, browsing or visualizing historical data collections
- Studies on collective memory
- Studying and modeling forgetting and remembering processes
- Estimating credibility of historical findings
- Probing the limits of Histoinformatics
- Epistemologies in the Humanities and Computer Science
Full paper submissions are limited to 10 pages, while short paper submissions should be less than 5 pages. Submissions should be sent in English in PDF via the submission website. They should be formatted according to Springer LNCS paper formatting guidelines. They must be original and have not been submitted for publication elsewhere. Submissions will be evaluated by at least three different reviewers who come from Computer Science and History Science backgrounds. The accepted papers will be published by Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). See website for more details.
---Important dates---

- Paper submission deadline: September 1, 2014 (23:59 Hawaii Standard Time)
- Notification of acceptance: September 25, 2014
- Camera ready copy deadline: October 1, 2014 (23:59 Hawaii Standard Time)
- Workshop date: Nov 10, 2014


Dr. Marten Düring 

        Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:48:43 -0600
        From: Geoffrey Rockwell <grockwel at ualberta.ca>
        Subject: Replaying Japan 2014

One week to go for,

*Replaying Japan 2014*
2nd International Japan Game Studies Conference
*August 21st to 23rd*, Edmonton, Canada
Location: Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, Rooms 420 and 430


The University of Alberta is hosting the second international conference 
on Japan game studies. This academic conference is jointly organized 
with Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan. Keynote speakers include:

* Tomohiro Nishikado (Taito, Video game developer known for Space Invaders)
* Mia Consalvo (Concordia University)
* Kevin Kee (Brock University)
* Vadim Butko (University of Alberta)
* Martin Picard (U de Montréal)

Registration is free, but we ask that people register so we have a sense 
of numbers. There will be a banquet on Thursday the 21st; cost will be 
$30. Please indicate if you want to attend the banquet on the 
registration form so we know how many to expect.

Registration now at: 
See you there!

Email: replayingjapan at 014@gmail.com
Twitter: #ReplayJapan2014

Replaying Japan is supported by the GRAND Network for Centres of 
Excellence, the Ritsumeikan Center for Game Studies, the University of 
Alberta, and the Japan Foundation.

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