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EPFL Digital Humanities Institute DH Research Seminar: Building a European Time Machine

This EPFL Digital Humanities Institute DH Research Seminar will be given by EPFL digital humanities senior researcher and dhCenter member Isabella di Lenardo.

The DH Research Seminar is a series of talks organized by the Digital Humanities Institute in EPFL’s College of Humanities. The seminars are given by researchers from a wide range of backgrounds, and present the vast array of subjects covered by the field of digital humanities.

Join the talk and the following Q&A session via Zoom:


Why and how to build a European Time Machine?

Since 2016, EPFL has been leading a European project, and now an organisation, that aims to create the development of widespread Local Time Machines in Europe. What are the reasons for dealing with past cultural heritage, why it is important and how can we use the most advanced AI technologies of the present to do so; these are the challenges of Time Machine Europe. The presentation aims to explain what the state of the project is today, the types of projects, the challenges and the future of the Time Machine.

The talk will also illustrate a specific case, that of Lausanne Time Machine in Lausanne, launched in 2018, and supported by the College des humanités of EPFL and the history department of the Faculty of Arts of UNIL. The initiative articulates a set of projects that aim to link Lausanne’s heritage institutions and academic research. The main objective is to enhance heritage sources with digital tools and to study new methods – and techniques – to massively extract the information contained in historical sources and make it available to researchers but also to the general public.

About the speaker

Isabella di Lenardo, dr. in Theories and Art History, is a Senior Researcher in Digital Humanities at EFPL and specialist in Digital Urban History.

Her research activity is focused on digital tools and methods applied to Urban History. She is an expert in ancient cartography, city representations, cadastral sources interpreted through digital modeling, extraction and analysis systems. She’s also interested in network analysis questioning the production and circulation of artistic and architectural knowledge in Europe XVI – XVIII centuries in particular on the North-South relationships and influences.

She leads projects in collaboration with European Commission, Bibliothèque national de France (Paris), Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (Paris), Ecole nationale des chartes (Paris), Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, German Center for the History of Art (Paris), Louvre Museum, National Archives of Paris, Historical Library of the City of Paris, and Réunion des musées nationaux and many other European heritage institutions.

From: 11 Nov, 2021
To: 11 Nov, 2021
Organizer: EPFL DHI
Speaker: Isabella di Lenardo
Languages: English





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