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MemberMartijn Kleppe

Martijn Kleppe is Head of the Research Department of the National Library of the Netherlands (KB). Trained as historian, he wrote a dissertation on photographic iconic images by building and applying computational techniques. Before moving to the KB, he was a researcher in several European Digital Humanities research projects that focused on opening up (audio) visual and textual archives by using techniques from the National Language Processing Domain, speech recognition and computer vision. At the KB, he now leads the Research Department that covers topics such as digital preservation, copyright, public library research, Data Science, and improving the usability and discoverability of digital content by applying AI techniques. He actively sets up research projects and consortia to stimulate the use of the digital collections of the KB and to implement the results within the organization in order for the general public to get better, richer and more innovative access to the national cultural treasures.

MemberLaura Alice Chapot

The questions driving my research revolve around investigating the ways in which we mobilise different practices of representation to encode, process and distribute collective cultural knowledge and experiences, particularly as a means to navigate uncertainty. In my postdoctoral research, I aim to investigate the intersections between literature and computation as complementary cultural practices of representation. I consider how literature functions as a form of computation, and how computation can be understood as a kind of textuality. I ground these investigations in comparative analyses of shifts taking place at the German and Scandinavian fin de siècle in conceptions and practices of representation. I recently completed a PhD in Comparative Literature (German and Scandinavian studies). My doctoral research focussed on the concept of decadence at the fin de siècle — a viral notion used to address the sense of crisis at the time. I combined systems theory, discourse theory and computational approaches to language in order to develop a theoretical framework for analysing how decadence functioned as a discourse mediating uncertainty. I am currently working on the translation of a selection of Hjalmar Söderberg’s short stories. I am also revising aspects of my doctoral research for publication. I have taught on computational methods for textual analysis, digital humanities and German language and literature. My research has been supported by grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Women in German Studies.

MemberCraig Eby

I’m the CTO for Cogniva Information Solutions. I’m currently responsible for ensuring the implementation of our vision for our flagship software product C3, along with our business modelling methodology. We have built a quality research network supporting this effort, including professors and graduate students from a number of disciplines, culminating in the creation of the Cogniva Information Research Institute (http://cognivaresearch.org).

My professional experience is a mix of pure research and the design and implementation of medium to large scale software solutions. My research has primarily dealt with integrating the mathematical representation of concepts and business processes to improve enterprise information management. I have a strong interest in a number of fields, including data science, text analytics, NLP, nonlinear dynamics, computational modelling, complex systems, graph theory and knowledge representation.

MemberSantiago Gualchi

I study Linguistics at the University of Buenos Aires. I’m currently attending my last semester but I’m also teaching Grammar to new students. I’m part of a funded Statistics research group and a Computational Linguistics study group. My main research topic at the time is inflectional morphology acquisition; I’m trying to assess how well formal theories of morphological competence explain the behaviour observed in children during the process of language acquisition. To do this, I combine corpus studies with computational simulation and statistical modelling. In my spare time, I like to grab my bike and go for a ride.

MemberErik Malcolm Champion

UNESCO Chair of Cultural Heritage and Visualisation, and Professor at Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry, in the Humanities Faculty of Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. The purpose of the Chair is to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation on virtual heritage sites and facilitate collaboration between high-level, internationally-recognized researchers and teaching staff of Curtin University and other institutions throughout the world.   My recent books are Critical Gaming: Interactive History and Virtual Heritage for Routledge’s Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities Series, Playing with the Past (Springer, 2011), editor of Game Mods: Design, Theory and Criticism (ETC Press, 2012) and co-editor of  Cultural Heritage Infrastructures in Digital Humanities (Routledge, 2017).