The partners working in the ChartEx Project are:
- Columbia University
- University of Brighton
- University of Leiden (Universiteit Leiden)
- University of Toronto
- University of York
- University of Washington
Columbia University in the City of New York, founded in 1754, is the fifth oldest institution of higher education in the United States. With seventeen schools, and over 3,500 faculty and 28,000 students, it is an international leader in research and teaching in the sciences, humanities, arts, and the professions. For the purposes of ChartEx, it is one of the premier centers for the study of medieval history in North America, with five specialists in the Department of History alone and many other relevant faculty from sixteen other departments among the more than seventy scholars involved in the Interdepartmental Committee on Medieval and Renaissance Studies. The libraries are the fifth largest university collection in North America, with holdings of over 10,000,000 volumes, and particular strengths in medieval studies. Long a leader in computing applications, the University has recently inaugurated a Digital Humanities Center that will provide essential support for the project.
Adam Kosto, Professor of History, is a specialist in medieval institutional history, with expertise in diplomatics, or the technical study of medieval documentary records. His research focuses on continental sources from the early and central Middle Ages. He will be coordinating the selection and markup of continental Latin documents to be used as comparative material for the core source collections from Britain. He will also be involved in the evaulation stages of the various aspects of the program as it develops.
Bob Scott, Director of the Digital Humanities Center, is a specialist in the history of medieval Eastern Europe, with a focus on... He is serving as a member of the Advisory Board of ChartEx, and as director of the DHC will be involved in supervision staff involved in the preparation of the Latin charter sets, as well as in evaluation of the program.
University of Brighton
The University of Brighton is a public teaching and research university, with approximately 2100 staff and 19000 students spread across 4 campuses along the south coast of England. It is one of the leading 'post-1992' universities for research in the UK, with a strong research culture in computer science and related areas. Brighton has a track record of high quality research in natural language processing stretching back to the early 1990's, initially in the Information Technology Research Institute and, since a reorganisation in 2005, in the Natural Language Technology Group [NLTG].
Natural Language Technology Group
The group's research interests include text analysis (parsing, information extraction, text mining, sentiment analysis, word sense profiling and disambiguation, document structure, corpus analysis and design, finite state methods), text generation (architectures, constraint-based approaches, empirical and statistical methods, multilingual generation, document authoring tools, stylistic variation) and lexical representation (lexicon formalisms, multilingual lexical architectures, lexicon development tools, lexicography tools, multilingual lexical resources). Current focus areas are document analysis (text mining, genre, topic, affect, sentiment), resources and support for multilingual processing, probabilistic extensions to inheritance-based lexical representation and empirically-based language generation (probabilistic approaches, evaluation, stylistic control).
Dr. Roger Evans is Reader in Computer Science in the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, and research team leader in NLTG. He has over 22 years post-doctoral research and management experience, spanning text analysis and generation, lexical representation and architectures for natural language processing. He is a former SERC Advanced Fellow, a member of the EPSRC College, a senior visiting research fellow at the University of Sussex, and former chair of ACL-SIGGEN, the international SIG for Natural Language Generation. He has been PI on 8 EPSRC/SERC grants, coordinator of a 9-site EU (INTAS) project, site coordinator for 3 other EU projects, research leader for several research consultancy projects and participant in a range other major research projects. He was the co-developer of the lexical representation language DATR, which has supported and influenced research into computational lexicology, and especially morphology for over 20 years, and a key contributor to the development of the RAGS architecture for language generation systems and WYSIWYM (a user-interface tool for advanced knowledge editing). Of specific relevance to this proposal, he has been involved in information extraction and text mining since the early 1990s, co-leading the first European team to participate in the MUC evaluations in 1993, developing innovative text-mining extensions to the a leading commercial data mining engine, Clementine, in 1998, and working more recently on sentiment analysis to support web monitoring services, genre identification, and currently developing software for information extraction from Medieval Latin texts in the ChartEx project.
Dr. Lynne Cahill is a Senior Research Fellow in Computer Science in the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics and a member of NLTG. She has over twenty years of experience as a researcher in NLP and a lecturer in linguistics and is on the executive committee of the ACL Special Interest Group in Computational Morphology, Phonology and Phonetics. She has worked on several projects with Dr. Evans, involving Natural Language Generation and Natural Language Understanding and including the key information extraction and text mining applications. She has been PI or co-PI on five ESRC funded projects and has a long history of development of lexicons for a wide range of NLP applications. She has linguistic expertise in several European languages (English, Dutch, German, French and Italian) as well as Arabic. She is currently developing the lexicon resources for the Medieval Latin and Medieval Legal English in the ChartEx project.
University of Leiden (Universiteit Leiden)
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Dr. Arno Knobbe is a senior researcher in the LIACS Data Mining group, and supervisor of eight researchers and scientific programmers. The subject of his thesis was Multi-Relational Data Mining, while his activities have since expanded into Pattern Mining, Spatio-temporal Data Mining, Bioinformatics and Multivariate Time Series. Arno Knobbe is, or has been, involved in a large number of research projects, both nationally and internationally. He is currently project leader of a large project on Structural Health Monitoring of a Dutch highway bridge involving Delft University and Strukton, a theoretical project on Exception Model Mining, a Learning Analytics project, as well as coordinator of the DM component of ChartEx. Arno Knobbe has been the driving force behind two important Data Mining tools for analyzing complex data, both of which are available for the project: Safarii and Cortana.
Dr. Ir Joaquin Vanschoren is a postdoctoral researcher at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), in the areas of Large-scale Machine Learning, Stream Mining, Grid Computing, e-Science and related data driven activities. He received his PhD in 2010 from the Catholic University of Leuven, on understanding the behavior of machine learning systems in terms of data properties. He set up the experiment database for machine learning, a collaborative experimentation platform driven by ontologies for machine learning algorithms and scientific experimentation, for which he received the ECML-PKDD best demo award. More recently, he is focussing on scaling up machine learning techniques to handle the terabytes of data using Grid Computing, Map/Reduce and data workflow engines. He is involved in several large projects on sensor network analysis (InfraWatch), Learning Analytics, and ChartEx.
University of York
The University of York was founded in 1963 with 200 students. Since then it has expanded to 13,000 students and has over 30 academic departments and research centres. The University was rated 7th in the country in the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and was awarded "University of the Year" in the 2010 Times Higher Education awards for the UK. The University is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world and in 2012 will be become a member of the influential Russell Group of universities in the UK.
The University is host to the Borthwick Institute for Archives, one of the largest regional archives in the UK. The Borthwick was provided with new state-of-the-art premises in 2005 with funding from the UK Heritage Lottery Fund. It is engaged in a number of digital archive projects, funded by both national and international funding agencies. A project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has created a full digital catalogue of one of the largest collections of church court records in Europe (1300-1858).
Department of History
The Department of History is one of the foremost centres of historical research and practice in the UK. It has 35 faculty members and nearly 800 undergraduate and graduate students, both from the UK and internationally. The History department, with all academic staff entered, had over a quarter of our research rated as 'world leading' in RAE 2008 and over half as 'internationally excellent' or better. It has a well established tradition of interdisciplinary and collaborative research, with expertise in all historical periods. It enjoys an international reputation for its innovative leadership of cross-sector and interdisciplinary research. Such collaborations include research with The National Archives, The National Railway Museum, and the York Archaeological Trust, to name a few. The department is the leading partner in four period-based interdisciplinary research centres from the Medieval to the Modern period, alongside the Departments of English, Art History and Archaeology.
Sarah Rees Jones
Dr. Sarah Rees Jones (UoY), is an historian and a medievalist with extensive interdisciplinary research and teaching experience. She is the Project Director of 'ChartEx'. Her research focuses on urban topography, social and cultural history, and in an earlier project she created a dataset of medieval title deeds for the City of York. She is a member of the York Historic Towns Atlas project and in 2009 she led a JISC-funded Workshop on "The Cultural Heritage of Historic European Cities and Public Participatory GIS".
Dr. Stefania Merlo Perring has completed in 2010 a PhD at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York. She graduated in Medieval Archaeology and History in Italy and worked as an archaeologist in Italy and Britain before gaining an MA in the Archaeology of Buildings also at the University of York. In her PhD she has applied skills in historical and archaeological research, reconstructing the appearance and use of the landscape and built environment of York Minster Close in the 16th and 17th centuries. In ChartEx she will collaborate with historians and computer scientists in extracting spatial information from legal documents and provide the perspective of the users in reconstructing and mapping the the physical landscape from the content of the documents.
Department of Computer Science
The Human Computer Interaction Research Group in the Department of Computer Science was founded in 1984 to undertake research into the design and evaluation of interactive systems. The group has a unique interdisciplinary approach which integrates the latest theories and methodologies from computer science, software engineering, psychology, sociology, anthropology and linguistics. The group's concern is not just with the usability of computers for the single user in isolation but also the broader context of users' tasks and communities, as well as for groups of collaborating users, and for users with special needs, such as disabled users and operators of safety-critical systems. The research covers both basic and applied topics, and interactive systems for work, leisure and education.
Helen Petrie is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction. She is a cognitive and experimental psychologist by training, but has been working on human-computer interaction for two decades. She is particularly interested in the understanding of users needs and preferences and in the evaluation of evolving systems. She has worked extensively on new technologies for disabled and older people and in 2009 received the ACM SIGCHI Social Impact Award for her work on that topic. In ChartEx she will work on the user requirements for the Virtual Workbench, using contextual inquiry techniques. She will then work on the design of the Workbench and iterative evaluations of possible designs, as well as the final field trial of the prototype system.
Dr. Christopher Power is a Lecturer in the Human Computer Interaction Research Group in the Department of Computer Science at the University of York. A software engineer by training, Dr. Power's research emphasizes user requirements and evaluation methodologies for the creation of compelling usable and accessible interactive technologies. He has participated in several EU projects, including Benchmarking Tools and Techniques for the Web (BenToWeb, FP6-IST-004275), which produced testing methodologies for meeting user requirements for web accessibility. He is currently primary investigator on the Inclusive Future: Internet Web Services project (I2Web, FP7-ICT-257623). That project is utilizing user and application modeling techniques to deliver personalized web services for people with disabilities and older adults users.
David Swallow is a Research Associate in the Human Computer Interaction Research Group in the Department of Computer Science at the University of York. He is currently working on the Inclusive Future: Internet Web Services project (I2Web, FP7-ICT-257623), which aims to create tools for developing and evaluating accessible web applications. David is also undertaking a PhD investigating how best to support web developers in the creation of usable and accessible websites. This draws upon his work on the i2Web project and also his previous role as a web developer.
University of Toronto
Established in 1827, the University of Toronto has one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America, presenting top students at all levels with an intellectual environment unmatched in depth and breadth on any other Canadian campus. With more than 75,000 students (of which 14,000 are graduate students) across three campuses and over 450,000 alumni active in every region of the world, U of T's influence is felt in every area of human endeavour.
Toronto is the largest and most active centre for the study of the Middle Ages in North America and attracts faculty and graduate students from around the globe. It is the home of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (founded in 1929 by the French philosopher Etienne Gilson), and of the University's Centre for Medieval Studies (CMS), founded by the English medieval historian Bertie Wilkinson in 1964. The CMS has 70 faculty members on its masthead, including 22 historians (of which 9 in the Department of History and 13 in associated departments and institutions). Its M.A. and PhD Latin qualifying exams set the international standard for all fields in which research is conducted in the period.
Michael Gervers has been at the University of Toronto since 1976 (after three years as Assistant Professor at New York University), and has been Full Professor of History since 1984. As a Killam Fellow in 1975 he founded the D.E.E.D.S Project (Documents of Early England Data Set), which has been devoted largely to the study of the medieval English charter. He is the author/editor of 18 books and author of 76 articles on aspects of medieval history, art history and archaeology, and textile history and ethnography. His on-line, searchable database of 11,000 English property-transfer documents from the late eleventh century to 1307 has been developed in conjunction with algorithms prepared by Andrey Feuerverger and Gelila Tilahun of the University's Department of Statistics to apply accurate chronological determinants to the 95% of legal documents from the period which were issued without dates. This and related research (assisted by his PhD student, Robin Sutherland-Harris), including participation in ChartEx, is currently supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC). He is presently expanding the DEEDS database to include digitized Latin charters from the 11th through early 14th century, from any source (contributions from colleagues are welcomed). He is also founder, and director, of the Central and Inner Asia Seminar (CIAS) and, together with Ewa Balicka-Witakowska of Uppsala University, has established Mazgaba Se'elet, an on-line database of over 65,000 photographs, largely his own, of Ethiopian art and culture (UserID and Password: student).
Robin Sutherland-Harris is a Ph.D. candidate at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. Her areas of research are the administrative and institutional history of Anglo-Norman and Angevin England, codicology and diplomatic, and the social construction of power. She is also presently head researcher at the DEEDS (Documents of Early England Data Set) Project, and coordinator for the Humanities Team at the Teaching Assistants' Training Program (Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation), both at the University of Toronto. Her work with ChartEx involves collaborating in the development and implementation of the markup schema used in training NLP software in reading both English and Latin documents, ensuring consistent application of this schema through clear guidelines and "proofreading", and participating in the ongoing process of document markup and results verification.
University of Washington
Department of History, University of Washington has a broad range of distinguished faculty in numerous disciplines, and pursues a commitment to interdisciplinary studies. The faculty of History and other departments in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities have frequently collaborated on and contributed to projects in the digital humanities with DXARTS/CARTAH, the Suzzallo and Allen Libraries, the Office of Digital Initiatives, and the Simpson Center for the Humanities.
Robert Stacey, PhD (Yale), interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and professor of medieval history at the University of Washington. Stacey's scholarly work has focused on medieval English history, 11th-14th centuries; Jewish history, particularly in England; political, constitutional, and economic history. He will consult on English medieval archives, records, and paleography.
Jon Crump, PhD (ABD) with a concentration on medieval England and the March of Wales, Crump has studied paleography and British medieval public records, and has a background in web application programming and information modeling in the humanities. He takes a special interest in the development of digital tools for teaching and research in history, and the curation and deployment of linked open data in the humanities.