Post Doc working with Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Affective Computing and Digital Humanities
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.
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.
The questions driving my research revolve around investigating the ways in which we mobilise different practices of representation to formalise, process and distribute 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 translating a selection of Hjalmar Söderberg’s short stories, poems and journalistic writings. 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. Image credit and information: The band image next to my profile image is a detail of one of Megan (Margaret) Watts Hughes’ “Voice Figures”. Watts Hughes (1842-1907) was a Welsh scientist and singer who experimented with the visualisation of sound using a device of her own invention which she called the eidophone, glass, ink, and her voice. For further images and information: Mullender-Ross, Rob. “Picturing a Voice. Margaret Watts Hughes and the Eidophone” in The Public Domain Review (2019)
Jürgen Hermes is the managing director of the Department for Digital Humanities at the University of Cologne and a researcher in the fields of digital humanities and computational linguistics.
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.