piper_author_2013_0Andrew Piper (Project Director and Principal Investigator) is Associate Professor of German and European Literature and an associate member of the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. His work broadly concerns the application of computational analysis to the study of literature. Research projects range from a study of the transtextual impact of an eighteenth-century bestseller (The Werther Effect), crowd-sourcing character networks (The Sociability of Detection), the relationship between poetry and aging (The Poetic Body), and the visual analysis of pages across different world cultures (Global Currents). Each of these projects is interested in exploring how networks facilitate new kinds of comparative literary analysis across broader scales of both time and space. He is the author of Book Was There: Reading in Electronic Times (Chicago), which addresses current debates about the future of reading through a study of the long history of our embodied interactions with books, as well as Dreaming in Books: The Making of the Bibliographic Imagination in the Romantic Age (Chicago, 2009), which The New Republic named one of the best art books of 2009 and which was awarded the MLA Prize for a First Book as well as honorable mention for the Harry Levin Prize for the American Comparative Literature Association.

CherietEn-Image jpg.jpgMohamed Cheriet (Principal Investigator) received his B.Eng. from USTHB University (Algiers) in 1984 and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI) in 1985 and 1988 respectively. Since 1992, he has been a professor in the Automation Engineering department at the University of Quebec’s École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS), Montreal, and was appointed full professor there in 1998. He co-founded the Laboratory for Imagery, Vision and Artificial Intelligence at ÉTS, and was its director from 2000 to 2006.His interests include image processing and analysis, OCR, mathematical models for image processing, pattern classification models and learning algorithms, as well as perception in computer vision. Dr. Cheriet has published more than 250 technical papers in the field. Dr. Cheriet was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in light of his significant contributions to knowledge improvement in computational intelligence and mathematical modeling for image processing, created by MITCAS to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne. He holds NSERC Canada Research Chair Tier 1 in Sustainable Smart echo-Cloud. Dr. Cheriet is a senior member of the IEEE and the chapter founder and former chair of IEEE Montreal Computational Intelligent Systems (CIS).

FongGrace Fong is a professor of pre-twentieth-century Chinese literature and scholar and translator of classical Chinese poetry, Grace Fong is interested in exploring the potential of developments in digital humanities for new modes of critical inquiry in the domain of literary studies. She is Director of the Ming Qing Women’s Writings digital archive and database ( Launched by McGill University Library in 2005, the website provides digitized images and searchable data of Ming and Qing women’s literary collections and anthologies from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries freely available online for research. The project began as a collaboration with the Harvard-Yenching Library and currently continues with the National Library of China and other Chinese university libraries with support from the Henry Luce Foundation. Fong’s concurrent SSHRC-funded project focuses on building system interoperability between the China Biographical Database at Harvard and the Ming Qing Women’s Writings database. The collaboration aims to enhance historical research by producing biographical data for women writers. Fong’s recent publications include her book Herself an Author: Gender, Agency, and Writing in Late Imperial China (2008) and the co-edited volume The Inner Quarters and Beyond: Women Writers from Ming through Qing (2010). She is also working on a book manuscript on the intersection of genre and life writing in the literary collections of women writers in Late Imperial China from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries.

wisnovskyRobert Wisnovsky received his BA (1986) in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from Yale, and his MA (1990) and PhD (1994) in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton, where his supervisor was Prof. Hossein Modarressi. He then took up a Postdoctoral Research Assistantship (1994-1996) in Prof. Richard Sorabji’s Ancient Commentators on Aristotle project, in the Philosophy Department of King’s College London. Wisnovsky’s first teaching job was in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department at Harvard, where he was Assistant Professor (1996-2002) and then Associate Professor (2002-2004) of Islamic Intellectual History. In 2004 Wisnovsky came to the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill, where he is currently James McGill Professor of Islamic Philosophy, having served as Director of the Institute from 2005-2008.

ruths_photo.jpgDerek Ruths is an assistant professor of Computer Science at McGill University.  He joined the faculty in 2009 after completing his PhD in Computer Science at Rice University.  A major research direction in his group considers the problem of characterizing and predicting the large-scale dynamics of human behavior in online social platforms.  His ongoing work in this area includes quantitatively modeling how communities change over time, measuring and predicting group demographics from unstructured user-generated content, and computational methods for assessing discussion topics within a collection of users. His work has been published in top-tier journals and conferences including Science, EMNLP, ICWSM, and PLoS Computational Biology.  His research is currently funded by a wide array of organizations including NSERC, SSHRC, tech companies, and the US National Science Foundation – underscoring the broad, interdisciplinary nature of his work.

campbell_photo.jpgGwyn Campbell is a Canada Research Chair in Indian Ocean World History and Director of the Indian Ocean World Centre at McGill University. A specialist in the economic history of the Indian Ocean region, he is currently undertaking research into slavery, migration and diasporas in the Indian Ocean world, the foundations of the Indian Ocean world “global” economy, and the impact of Christian missionaries. He has published widely on these themes, including An Economic History of Imperial Madagascar, 1750-1895 (Cambridge, 2005) and David Griffiths and the Missionary “History of Madagascar” (Brill, 2012). He is currently completing a manuscript on Africa and the Indian Ocean world from early times to 1900.

United States

etreharneElaine Treharne (Principal Investigator) is a professor of English at Stanford University. She received her PhD in Medieval Literature from the University of Manchester in 1992. Her main research interests are in Early British manuscripts–their materiality, contents and contexts of production and reception. She has published widely in this area over the last twenty years, focusing most specifically on religious poetry and prose and manuscripts dating from c. 1020 to c. 1220. She was Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded research project and ebook, “The Production and Use of English Manuscripts, 1060 to 1220” from 2005 – 2010. She has been the Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa, an American Philosophical Society Franklin Fellow, a Princeton Procter Fellow, and she is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and of the Royal Historical Society. She is a Trustee of the English Association (and its former Chair and President), a member of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (and a former second Vice-President), and a committee member for the Old English Division of the MLA, and for the MLA’s Prize Committee. She serves as Medieval Editor for Review of English Studies,and for the OUP Oxford Bibliographies OnlineBritish and Irish Literature initiative.

Hewittlowres_0Mark Algee-Hewitt is the associate director of the Stanford Literary Lab. His work focuses on the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in England and Germany and seeks to combine literary criticism with digital and quantitative analyses of literary texts. In particular he is interested in the history of aesthetic theory and the development and transmission of aesthetic and philosophic concepts during the Enlightenment and Romantic periods. His current book project, The Afterlife of the Sublime, explores the history of the sublime by tracing its discursive patterns through over 11,000 texts from the long eighteenth century, seeking clues to the disappearance of the term at the end of the Romantic period.

Ben Albritton is the currently an academic librarian and Digital Medieval Projects Manager at Stanford University. He received his PhD in Music History from the University of Washington in 2009. He has previously worked at Corpus Christi College as an XML and metadata specialist and also as an instructor at the University of Puget Sound School of Music. Past projects that he has been involved with include Machaut in the Book (University of Virginia and Stanford University) as co-principal investigator and the Medieval Song Network (University College London and Royal Holloway, University of London). His research interests include the intersection of words and music in the fourteenth century, primarily in the monophonic works of Guillaume de Machaut.

The Netherlands

schomaker-2Lambert Schomaker (Principal Investigator) (19-2-1957) received his M.Sc. degree in psychophysiological psychology in 1983 (cum laude), and his Ph.D. degree on “Simulation and Recognition of Handwriting Movements” in 1991 at Nijmegen University, The Netherlands. Since 1988, he has been working in several European Esprit projects concerning the recognition of on-line, connected cursive script on the basis of knowledge on the handwriting movement process. Current projects are in the area of image-based retrieval, on-line and off-line handwriting recognition, forensic writer identification, and cognitive robot navigation models. Apart from research, his duties involve teaching courses in artificial intelligence and pattern classification. He has contributed to over 140 peer-reviewed publications in journals and books (h-index: 15 ISI, 33 Google Scholar). Per 1/1/2001 he has accepted the position of full professor in AI at Groningen University, The Netherlands, as director Research & Education. As the ALICE department (Artificial Intelligence & Cognitive Engineering) grew from 5fte in 2001 to 35fte in 2009, he is now the scientific director of this research institute at the faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.