The Royal Library of Belgium (known as KBR) invites participation in an online seminar series on digital cultural heritage and image processing. The first installment on “The Visual Digital Turn – Computer Vision and the Humanities” will be held on February 22.
This seminar, organized in cooperation with ULB-UGent-VUB-UCL, will run from February-June, 2022. Three academic scholars will be hosted virtually to present their work on cultural heritage, and specifically on image processing.
The first edition of the seminar will be held on February 22. Thomas Smits of the University of Antwerp will give a talk entitled, “The Visual Digital Turn: Computer Vision and the Humanities”.
“Digital humanities research has focused primarily on the analysis of texts. However, digital and digitized sources also contain large numbers of images. Using several research projects as examples, I’ll discuss how scholars in the humanities can apply computer vision techniques in their research. Among other things, these new visual AI methods allow researchers to analyze patterns of (re)circulation of images, analyze patterns of media (use), analyze patterns in visual content at scale, analyze patterns of representations (gender/social class), analyze patterns in visual scenes and analyze patterns of visual style. In short, I’ll show how these techniques have opened up the visual side of the digital turn.”