[Humanist] 28.738 events: image processing

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Feb 17 07:26:16 CET 2015

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 738.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:08:44 +0000
        From: "Bradley, John" <john.bradley at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: DDH/KCL Seminar: Tuesday,  17 Feb,  6.15 ATM: Ségolène Tarte: Of Features and Models

The Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London, invites all to its next public seminar:

Tuesday 17th February, 6.15 pm (see details below)

We'd be glad to see you.                    ... John Bradley and Gabriel Bodard

When: Feb 17th February (Tuesday): 18:15 start
Where: Anatomy Museum, Strand Building 6th Floor
King's College London, Strand London WC2R 2LS

Of Features and Models: a reflexive account of image processing experiences across classics and trauma surgery
Ségolène Tarte
(Oxford e-Research Centre)

Image processing specialists rarely work on their own, entirely disconnected from the domains of application for which the image processing algorithms are required. In this talk, I will look at my experience of developing image processing approaches for computer-assisted orthopaedic and trauma surgery, for computer-assisted radiotherapy, and for Classics.

As a starting point I will present a few examples of the problems that specialised terminologies represent in such collaborative contexts (``feature'' in palaeography vs. in image processing; ``model'' in trauma surgery vs. in image processing). These frequent terminological issues are only symptomatic however of the difficulties presented by the process of knowledge exchange. In fact, depending on their context, even common words take on a different meaning and carry with them a baggage of hidden field-specific assumptions and expectations that need clarification in order for collaborations to be fruitful.

Through the polysemy of words, it is actually the variety of modes of knowledge creation that is expressed, opening the door to a reflection on field-specific epistemologies - I will present overviews of the papyrological and surgical ways of thinking, and where and how, with the support of the cognitive sciences and of ethnography, image processing might find its place.

Tuning the field-specific narratives has often been an efficient way to establish fruitful collaborations. I will illustrate this claim with examples spanning various degrees of success, ranging from papyrology to oncology, and to the growing field of big data engineering.
John Bradley
Senior Lecturer
Department of the Digital Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
King's College London
+44 (0)20 7848 2680

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