[Humanist] 26.977 events: robotics & humanities; big data; textual editing

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Fri Apr 19 10:47:30 CEST 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 977.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Mark Hedges <mark.hedges at kcl.ac.uk>                       (17)
        Subject: Call for papers: workshop on Big Data and the Humanities @
                IEEE Big Data 2013 conference

  [2]   From:    maurizio lana <maurizio.lana at gmail.com>                   (88)
        Subject: reminder for summer school "digital tools for printed
                critical editions"

  [3]   From:    Van Hulle Dirk <dirk.vanhulle at UA.AC.BE>                   (75)
        Subject: ESTS Conference 2013 in Paris, 20-22 November 2013: call for

  [4]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>          (63)
        Subject: IEEE Robotics Science Forum: Robotics meets the humanities

        Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 07:41:04 +0100
        From: Mark Hedges <mark.hedges at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: Call for papers: workshop on Big Data and the Humanities @ IEEE Big Data 2013 conference

Call for papers: workshop on Big Data and the Humanities @ IEEE
International Conference on Big Data 2013

A workshop on Big Data and the Humanities will be held in conjunction with
the IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE BigData 2013), which
takes place between 6-9 October 2013 in Silicon Valley, California, USA.

The workshop will address applications of “big data” in the humanities,
arts and culture, the challenges and possibilities that such increased
scale brings for scholarship in these areas, and interpretative issues
raised by applying such “hard” methods for answering subjective questions
in the humanities.

Full papers, of up to 9 pages, should be submitted via the conference
online submission system. The submission deadline is 30 July 2013. All
papers accepted will be included in the proceedings published by the IEEE
Computer Society Press, which will be made available at the conference.

For more information, see the workshop website at http://bighumanities.net/,
and the main conference website at

        Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:43:25 +0200
        From: maurizio lana <maurizio.lana at gmail.com>
        Subject: reminder for summer school "digital tools for printed critical editions"

dear fellows,
just a reminder for the summer school  "digital tools for printed 
critical editions".
for those interested, here are the links to the leaflet:

and to the poster:

maurizio lana
€œDigital tools for printed critical editions€, June 13-14 2013, 
Vercelli, Italia.

Summer school organized within the project "digilibLT-digital library of 
late latin texts" (http://www.digiliblt.unipmn.it), supported by AIUCD - 
Associazione per l'Informatica Umanistica e la Cultura Digitale and by 
EADH - European Association for Digital Humanities (previously ALLC 
Association for Literary and  Linguistic Computing)

      It is our pleasure to announce the Summer School on “Digital tools 
for printed critical editions€, which will be held at the Department of 
Humanities, Università  del Piemonte Orientale, in Vercelli (Italy) on 
13-14 June 2013.

      Scientific committee: Raffaella Tabacco, Maurizio Lana, Andrea 
Balbo, Ermanno Malaspina. Organization: Maurizio Lana

      The Summer School is aimed at an international audience, therefore 
the courses will be held in English.

      The School will be inaugurated by a group of philologists who will 
be discussing the state of the art of philological studies and the still 
open questions in the field of classical and medieval philology, and 
digital philology: Raffaella Tabacco, Francesco Stella and Roberto 
Rosselli del Turco.

      Three half-day sessions will follow, in which three invited 
scholars will present their programs and tools:

- Wilhelm Ott, author of TUSTEP - Tübingen System of Text Processing tools;
- Guido Milanese, who will illustrate the use of LaTeX and its scripts 
for critical editions;
- Stefan Hagel, author of CTE- Classical Text Editor.

      The invited scholars will be present during the whole course to 
foster a constructive debate between students and researchers on textual 
and philological issues related to digital tools and their use.

      June 13
      9-12,30 -- Opening session on topics and issues in classical, 
medieval, digital philology: Raffaella Tabacco, Francesco Stella, 
Roberto Rosselli del Turco;
      14,30-18 -- Wilhelm Ott on the use of TUSTEP

      June 14
      9-12,30 -- Guido Milanese on the use of LaTeX and its scripts
      14,30-17,30 -- Stefan Hagel on CTE and its use
      17,30-18 -- Final greetings, where a certificate of attendance will 
be given to participants.

      The school offers places for participants and for listeners.
      Participants will have access to a PC on which they will be able 
to use the software programs presented by the invited scholars and will 
receive a certificate of attendance. The number of participants is 
limited to 17. Those who want to attend the Summer School as 
participants should send their application to 
progetto at digiliblt.unipmn.it together with a brief but complete 
description of the reasons for attending the course (max. 750 words, 
12pt.) by April 30 2013. Applications will be examined by the Scientific 
Committee and the best 17 applicants will be selected.

      Listeners will not be provided with a PC but will attend the 
lectures delivered by the invited speakers. The number of listeners is 
limited to 18. Those who want to take part in the Summer School as 
‘listeners’ should write to progetto at digiliblt.unipmn.it specifying 
their full name, affiliation and email address. Listeners will be 
selected on a first come first served basis.

      Attendance to the Summer School does not require the payment of 
fees, thanks to funds generously given by Regione Piemonte to the 
project digilibLT-digital library of late Latin texts, and in 
consideration of the difficult economic situation and of the travel + 
accommodation expenses paid by each participant.

      Maps and accommodation
      Maps and information for accommodation at agreed price (50€ single 
en-suite room, B&B) will be sent to admitted participants and listeners.

      For those who want to come by plane the nearest airports are 
Torino Caselle and Milano Malpensa, the latter offering easier 
connections to Vercelli (bus shuttle Malpensa-Novara; train 
Novara-Vercelli). For assistance to flyers write to: m.lana at lett.unipmn.it.

il corso di informatica umanistica:
la biblioteca digitale:
Maurizio Lana - ricercatore
Università  del Piemonte Orientale, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici
via Manzoni 8, 13100 Vercelli - tel. +39 347 7370925

        Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:51:27 +0000
        From: Van Hulle Dirk <dirk.vanhulle at UA.AC.BE>
        Subject: ESTS Conference 2013 in Paris, 20-22 November 2013: call for papers
        In-Reply-To: <75793C2AD555DC489477C650084CD1430CFEA8 at UNI-EX3.universe.lon.ac.uk>

10th Conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS 2013)

Variance in textual scholarship and genetic criticism
La variance en philologie et en critique génétique

20-22 November 2013
École normale supérieure, Paris

Call for papers
Deadline for paper proposals: 1 June 2013

The 10th conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship will be organised at the École normale supérieure in Paris by the Institut des textes et manuscrits modernes (ITEM, UMR 8132) and the research team “Textes, histoire et monuments, de l’Antiquité au Moyen Âge” (THEMAM, UMR 7041 ARSCAN).

Treated either as a deviation to be eliminated or as a creative transformation, variation is central to every form of textual scholarship. It is high time to confront the various conceptions of what constitutes a variation, to see what they have in common and what irreconcilable differences remain – though it would be paradoxical for a conference devoted to variance to aim at absolute uniformity.

ESTS conferences are characterised by a combination of formal plenary sessions and traditional paper presentations in panel sessions with three speakers, followed by lively exchange, dialogue and interaction between speakers and audience in many small groups. There will also be an opportunity for poster presentations of current projects.

We encourage submissions related to any of the following topics:
1. Confronting methods: the use of “stages of revision” in critique génétique and textual criticism; the questioning of the notion of variant by the genetic approach to modern and contemporary working manuscripts
2. Combining methods: using critique génétique in dealing with ancient and medieval texts? using the philological method in the genetic study of printed editions?
3. Editing variation: scholarly editions in critique génétique and textual criticism
4. Concepts and cases: how to edit avant-textes and texts as processes?
5. Exploring limits: extreme methodologies for extreme variations
6. Digital approaches to the printed text and its manuscripts: rethinking, representing and interpreting variation

7. Philological and genetic approaches to born-digital texts and manuscripts

The conference is organised according to a number of thematic sessions. Submissions are welcome on all topics related to the theme of the conference, regardless of linguistic contexts, time periods, geographic areas or types of documents and texts. This includes interdisciplinary perspectives from all branches of scholarly editing, as long as the focus of the proposals is on the guiding principles and practices of editorial scholarship. Graduate students are encouraged to participate.

Please submit your proposal before 1 June 2013, by email to ests2013paris at gmail.com<mailto:ests2013paris at gmail.com>. You will be notified by 1 July 2013 whether your proposal has been accepted or not.

Proposals for papers
Abstracts in English (500 words maximum) are to be submitted to the organising committee, along with the presenter’s name, concise biography, address, telephone, email and institutional affiliation. Speakers will have 20 minutes to deliver their paper, leaving room for a 10-minute discussion.

Proposals for panel sessions
A typical panel should include 3 (exceptionally 4) speakers and one moderator (session chair). Each session lasts for 1 hour and a half, always allowing 30 minutes for questions and discussion. Proposers should submit the following elements:
1. Session title and introduction (approximately 100 words)
2. Titles of the papers
3. Abstracts for each paper (500 words maximum)
4. A short biography for each participant and for the panel chair (approximately 100 words)
5. Institutional affiliation and address for each participant
6. Audio-visual and other technical requirements

Proposals for poster presentations
There will be a poster gallery. A poster should be a visual representation and/or a demo of your material. The aim is to present information and initiate informal discussion among delegates. Posters should not exceed 80 cm × 120 cm. If you provide a photograph of yourself and a mobile phone number, other attendees will be able to get in touch with you. Please submit a one-page proposal with an overview of the poster and your contact details.

Participation and registration
Participants who contribute to the conference through a paper, a panel or a poster session need to pay the conference fee and have to be members in good standing of the European Society for Textual Scholarship for 2013 (except invited speakers). More information about registration and possibilities of accommodation will be published soon on a conference website.
For more information about the ESTS, please see http://www.textualscholarship.eu/. Your current membership status is indicated at http://ests.huygensinstituut.nl/.

Dixième colloque de la European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS 2013)

La variance en philologie et en critique génétique
Variance in Textual Scholarship and Genetic Criticism

20-22 novembre 2013
École normale supérieure, Paris

Appel à communications
Date limite pour les propositions de communication : 1er juin 2013

Le dixième colloque de la European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS) sera organisée à l’École normale supérieure de Paris par l’Institut des textes et manuscrits modernes (ITEM, UMR 8132) et l’équipe de recherche « Textes, histoire et monuments, de l’Antiquité au Moyen Âge » (THEMAM, UMR 7041 ARSCAN).

Qu’elle soit considérée comme une déviation qu’il convient d’éliminer ou comme une transformation créatrice qu’il convient de valoriser, la variation est au cœur de toutes les sciences du texte. Il est grand temps de confronter les différentes conceptions de la variation, de manière à examiner ce qu’elles ont en commun et quelles différences irréductibles demeurent – sans toutefois viser à l’uniformité, ce qui serait paradoxal pour un colloque consacré à la variance.

Les colloques de l’ESTS combinent des conférences plénières et des ateliers où sont présentées trois (ou quatre) communications successives, suivies de libres discussions entre les orateurs et le public. Il est également possible de présenter des posters sur des projets en cours.

Des propositions portant sur les sujets suivants sont particulièrement souhaitées.

1. Confronter les méthodes : l’usage des « états de rédaction » dans la critique génétique et dans la critique textuelle ; la remise en cause théorique de la notion de variante par l’approche génétique des manuscrits de travail modernes et contemporains

2. Combiner les méthodes : utiliser la critique génétique pour les textes antiques et médiévaux ? utiliser la méthode philologique pour l’étude génétique des éditions imprimées ?

3. Éditer la variation : éditions génétiques et éditions critiques

4. Théorie et pratique : comment éditer les avant-textes et les textes en tant que processus ?

5. Explorer les limites : des méthodologies extrêmes pour des variations extrêmes

6. Approches numériques du texte imprimé et de ses manuscrits : repenser, représenter et interpréter la variation

7. Approches philologique et génétique du texte et des manuscrits nativement numériques

Le colloque comportera plusieurs sessions thématiques. On peut proposer des communications sur tous les sujets touchant au thème principal, quels que soient le contexte linguistique, la période historique, l’ère géographique ou le type de documents et de textes considérés. Les approches interdisciplinaires sont bienvenues, pourvu qu’elles mettent l’accent sur les principes et les pratiques de l’édition savante. Les étudiants de master et de doctorat sont encouragés à participer.

Merci d’envoyer vos propositions par courriel, le 1er juin 2013 au plus tard, à l’adresse suivante : ests2013paris at gmail.com<mailto:ests2013paris at gmail.com>. Les acceptations et les refus seront communiqués avant le 1er juillet 2013.

Propositions de communications
Des résumés en anglais de 500 mots au maximum doivent être soumis au comité d’organisation, avec le nom du communicant et une brève biographie, ainsi que ses adresse, numéro de téléphone, courriel et affiliation institutionnelle. La durée des communications sera de 20 minutes, suivies d’une discussion de 10 minutes.

Propositions d’ateliers
Les ateliers comportent normalement 3 communicants (exceptionnellement 4) et un modérateur (président de session). Chaque session dure une heure et demie, dont 30 minutes sont réservées aux questions et à la discussion. Pour proposer un atelier, il suffit de soumettre les éléments suivants.

1. Titre de l’atelier et introduction (100 mots environ)

2. Titres des communications

3. Résumé de chaque communication (500 mots au maximum)

4. Une brève biographie de chaque participant et du président de session (100 mots environ)

5. Affiliation institutionnelle et adresse de chaque participant

6. Besoins en équipement audio-visuel

Propositions de posters
Le colloque comportera une galerie de posters. Les posters doivent consister en une représentation visuelle ou une démonstration. Il s’agit de présenter des informations et de susciter une discussion informelle avec les participants du colloque. La taille des panneaux ne doit pas dépasser 80 × 120 cm. Faire figurer une photographie et un numéro de téléphone portable permettra aux participants de contacter l’auteur du poster. Soumettre une proposition d’une page avec un aperçu du poster et l’adresse de contact.

Participation et inscription
Les participants, qu’ils présentent une communication, un atelier ou un poster, doivent s’acquitter des frais d’inscription et être membres cotisants de l’ESTS pour l’année 2013 (à l’exception des conférenciers invités). Un site consacré au colloque offrira prochainement plus d’informations concernant l’inscription et les possibilités de logement.
Pour plus de précisions sur l’ESTS, consulter le site http://www.textualscholarship.eu/. Pour vérifier votre statut de membre, voir http://ests.huygensinstituut.nl/.

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        Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 09:35:19 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: IEEE Robotics Science Forum: Robotics meets the humanities
        In-Reply-To: <75793C2AD555DC489477C650084CD1430CFEA8 at UNI-EX3.universe.lon.ac.uk>

[The following announces a Science Forum in the yearly IEEE robotics 
conference dedicated to the humanities -- a bold, imaginative and 
important move from the roboticists that I very much hope we take 
seriously and pursue energetically. My paper in the Forum is entitled 
"The uncanny valley goes on and on"; it's basically a commentary on 
Masahiro Mori's famous paper, "The uncanny valley" (1970), trans. Karl F 
McDorman and Norri Kageki, recently in IEEE Robotics and Automation 
Magazine for June 2012; see also Kageki's interview with Mori, "An 
uncanny mind", in that same issue. --WM]

2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Karlsruhe, May 6 - 10, 2013

Science Forum: Robotics Meets the Humanities

Robots are machines. It follows that the study of robotics is carried 
out in the natural sciences in disciplines such as engineering, physics, 
biology, and medicine. On the other hand, human nature is studied in the 
humanities in disciplines such as philosophy, history, literature, and 
the visual and performing arts. Although some disciplines such as 
mathematics transcend both the natural sciences and the humanities, the 
divide between robotics and the humanities is huge. Or so it seems.

Robotics began as the study of automation and automatic machines. But 
this is changing.  It is now taking on new roles that go well beyond 
mechanistic automation, impacting directly on people in their everyday 
lives. Robots perform surgery on people (with a little help from human 
doctors) and, in the form of adaptive prosthetic devices, robots replace 
missing limbs in humans. In recent years, research in cognitive robotics 
seeks not only to replicate human intelligence in robots but also to use 
these robots as tools to understand cognition in humans. Despite all 
this, robotics is still perceived to be anchored completely in the 
natural sciences. This needs to change.

While there is still a long way to go before robots become intelligent 
in the way humans are, the clear goal is that they will be some day. 
However, we still have not answered the most frequently asked question 
in science fiction: to what extent can a robot become like a human? 
Since science fiction has a habit of becoming science fact, this is a 
crucial question, among other things,  because it gives us the 
opportunity to fantasize about plausible snapshots of the future and 
what a world, populated by autonomous artificial systems, may look like. 
The influence of the humanities on the study of robotics is rapidly 
growing, for the simple reason that robotics is becoming a part of 
humanity: assisting, interacting,, and enabling people in an increasing 
number of ways. The humanities are the domain of human nature and the 
natural sciences are the domain of robotics but the two are not 
separate. If it is to be effective, robotics must take into account our 
understanding of humanity.

This forum invites distinguished speakers from the humanities to begin a 
dialogue with the robotics community. The aim is to understand how we 
can bridge the unnecessary divide between the two communities and to 
foresee the many beneficial implications if, and when, we succeed in 
doing so.

Yoshihiko Nakamura
Department of Mechano-Informatics, The University of Tokyo

Giulio Sandini
Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Dept., Istituto Italiano di 

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);

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