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Computer Vision and the digital humanities: a hands-on workshop

An opportunity to learn about Computer Vision and its uses

Date/Time: Thursday 19 November 2pm - 4pm

Venue: Online

Abstract: Computer vision is one of AI’s apparent successes, and the subject of intense critical debate. This workshop will introduce its uses within the humanities, covering how to search for imagery in media such as printed books, paintings, photographs, architecture and film. Participants will learn how to perform common tasks such as instance-based recognition (or image matching); image comparison; image classification; image annotation; and facial recognition. No prior knowledge of computer vision is required, but participants will need a laptop (ideally to which they have administrative access) and are encouraged to bring their own images. The workshop can be followed either through online demos to be made available on the day, or by installing free and open-source software in advance (for installation, see https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OFROxzb6P4TKPxYLWJj5kQE2y9tlPOobMA7-rFn071s/edit?usp=sharing).

Bio: Dr. Giles Bergel is a digital humanist based in the Visual Geometry Group in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, responsible for the arts, humanities and cultural heritage portfolios of the SeeBiByte programme, a large EPSRC-funded computer vision project. A book historian by training, he has personal research interests in the computational study of print culture; copyright and book trade history; and print’s intersections with oral, scribal and visual cultures. He has co-created various digital resources for the study of the book and the book trade, most recently Stationers’ Register Online, in collaboration with Dr. James Cummings (Newcastle) and others, and is currently working on a project on the Newcastle woodblock printing industry.