Information Retrieval

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J. Stephen Downie
Associate Professor
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. J. Stephen Downie is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School
of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He is Director International Music Information
Retrieval Systems Evaluation Laboratory (IMIRSEL). Professor Downie is
Principal Investigator on the Networked Environment for Music Analysis
(NEMA) and the Music-to-Knowledge (M2K) music data-mining
projects. He has been very active in the establishment of the Music
Information Retrieval and Music Digital Library communities through his
ongoing work with the ISMIR series of MIR conferences as a member of the
ISMIR steering committee.

Fields of Interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis, Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Collaborative Technologies, Music Cognition

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Peter Robinson
Director
Institution for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing
University of Birmingham
itsee.bham.ac.uk

Peter Robinson is Co-Director of the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is developer of the texual-editing program Collate, used by many textual editing projects worldwide, and of the Anastasia electronic publishing system. He is director of the Canterbury Tales Project, and was editor of its first major electronic publication, The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM (Cambridge UP, 1996.) He has published and lectured on matters relating to computing and textual editing, on text encoding, digitization, and electronic publishing, and on Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. He is active in the development of standards for digital resources, as a past board member of the Text Encoding Initiative and as leader of the EU funded MASTER project.

Fields of interest: Text Analysis, Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Electronic Literature

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Richard Whaling
M.S. candidate
Computer Science
University of Chicago

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Information Retrieval, Computational Linguistics

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Charles M. Cooney
Ph.D.
ARTFL Project

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Information Retrieval

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Ron Zacharski
Assistant Professor
Computer Science
University of Mary Washington
www.zacharski.org

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Information Retrieval, Computational Linguistics

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Patti O’Shea
Executive Director IT
UChicago Press

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Electronic Literature, Collaborative Technologies

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Clovis Gladstone
Ph.D. candidate
Romance Languages and Literatures
University of Chicago

Fields of Interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Information Retrieval, Computational Linguistics, Libraries/Digital Archives, Electronic Literature, Semantic Search, Performance, Collaborative Technologies

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Catherine Keich
Graduate Student
Department of Technical Communication
Illinois Institute of Technology

Fields of Interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Semantic Search, Collaborative Technologies

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Cora Angier Sowa
Ph.D.
Minerva Systems

http://www.minervaclassics.com

Hello! I am an independent scholar working under the name “Minerva Systems.” I am currently developing a suite of programs called “The Minerva System for Study of Literary Texts,” a set of interactive tools for building and carrying out a project using the computer to study literary material. It uses methods of project planning borrowed from the scientific and commercial world, in which I worked for a number of years. Also included are programs to perform specific tasks, such as content/cluster analysis. The interactive part includes lots of pictures and other graphic material. My adaptation of these methods is based on classes I taught in the English Department of St. John’s University (New York). (I think my ideal target audience would be students and scholars of literature who like to play video games!)

As a scholar and by training, I am a Classicist. My scholarly specialty is ancient Greek oral epic — Homer, Hesiod, and (especially) the Homeric Hymns, the subject of my book, “Traditional Themes and the Homeric Hymns.” I have also written on the persistence of mythic themes (such as the Journey to the Underworld, the Meeting with the Goddess) from ancient epic (the popular entertainment of their day) in today’s movies. This summer’s “WALL-E” was a great example!

Fields of Interest: Text Analysis , Information Retrieval, Gaming, Collaborative Technologies

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Abra Johnson
Lecturer Sociology/M.A./applying for Ph.D.
City Colleges of Chicago/Thick Routes Performance Collage

http://cbdcollaboration.wetpaint.com/

My past research and current interests encompass an examination of the critical role of hip-hop music as a U. S. “ambassador” to the global markets of identity, culture, and economics negotiated in the realm of mass-mediated popular cultures. Using hip-hop as a template for future studies incorporating Chicago house music, I seek to move beyond the well-known but oversimplified dichotomy of hegemony and resistance that frames sociological analyses of hip-hop, overlook the critical importance and reflection of the artists’ sociocultural capital as (U.S.) Americans (not just African-American, Latino, Asian-American, etc.), and exclude the complex implications of the music produced by women. Key foci for me include the nuanced/subtle, the sometimes oppressive/contradictory, and the resistive/expansive performative and lyrical practices and symbols, carried and expressed by women in hip-hop, and especially house, as they concurrently act as socializers of culture, both at home and abroad.

I am currently assisting in the development of a wiki site Consuming Blackness Diasporically, that explores black cultural expressive traditions in a setting of global dialogue. Connecting communities in Chicago/US, Trinidad and Brazil, the CBD project moves from mapping each unique cultural form and practice (house, rapso/pan/folk/orisha, and capoeira) to exploring the creative dialogue that emerges by putting these expressive traditions in conversation with each other.

Fields of Interest: Text Analysis, Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Electronic Literature, Performance, Collaborative Technologies

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Robin Valenza
Assistant Professor
English
University of Chicago

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Information Retrieval, Computational Linguistics, Libraries/Digital Archives, Semantic Search

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Chad Kainz
Sr. Director, Academic Technologies
University of Chicago
http://nsit.uchicago.edu/academic

Fields of interest: Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Gaming, Mobile Devices, Modelling/Simulations, Semantic Search, Collaborative Technologies

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Kurt Fendt
Principal Research Associate / Director of HyperStudio
Comparative Media Studies/Foreign Languages and Literatures
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
hyperstudio.mit.edu

As Director of MIT’s HyperStudio – Lab for Digital Humanities I am interested in exploring innovative approaches to research and education in Digital Humanities across a wide range of humanistic fields with special interests in: text and data visualization, collaborative research and teaching tools, and the integration of user-created content into existing digital archives.

Fields of interest: Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, GIS/Mapping, Libraries/Digital Archives, Mobile Devices, Electronic Literature, Semantic Search, Collaborative Technologies, Cinematic Syntax

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Tracy Bergstrom
Special Collections Librarian for Digital Projects
Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame

I am a special collections librarian who works primarily with metadata for objects such as historical photographs, numismatics, ephemera and artists’ books. I’m interested in the development of digital libraries and metadata standards, particularly for non-bibliographic resources.

Fields of interest: Information Retrieval, GIS/Mapping, Libraries/Digital Archives, Collaborative Technologies

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Dr. Patricia Brauner
Music
Center for Italian Opera Studies, University of Chicago
http://humanities.uchicago.edu/orgs/ciao/

I am a musicologist engaged in publishing critical editions of Rossini’s music. Besides 19th-century Italian opera, I am interested in medieval music and liturgy, manuscript studies, and problems of editing.

Fields of interest: Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives

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Karl Stolley
Asst. Professor
Department of Humanities
Illinois Institute of Technology
http://karlstolley.com/

I research digital literacy, activity theory, and the role of open formats and open standards in web design, information architecture, and digital communication generally.

Fields of interest: Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Collaborative Technologies

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Harlan Wallach
Architect for Media Technology
A & R T
Northwestern University
http://nuamps.at.northwestern.edu

Fields of interest: Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, GIS/Mapping, Libraries/Digital Archives, Modelling/Simulations, Computational Art, Performance, Collaborative Technologies

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Paras Mehta
MD Student
Faculty of Medicine
University of Alberta

I am a fourth-year medical student at the University of Alberta. My previous experience includes a B.Sc. in Computing Science as well as research in High Performance Computing and Humanities Computing.

Fields of interest: Information Retrieval, Collaborative Technologies

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Kaylea H Champion
Staff
Project Bamboo
www.projectbamboo.org

As the Demonstrator Project Manager for the Bamboo Planning Process, I’m interested in the breadth and depth of digital humanities, with a particular focus on areas where improved coordination, infrastructure, and shareable resources have the potential to better enable research for arts & humanities scholars. I am also the director of Scholarly Technology and Research Computing, part of the central IT group at the University of Chicago.

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, GIS/Mapping, Computational Linguistics, Libraries/Digital Archives, Gaming, Mobile Devices, Augmented Reality, Modelling/Simulations, Electronic Literature, Computational Art, Semantic Search, Performance, Collaborative Technologies, Music Cognition, Cinematic Syntax

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Neil Smalheiser
MD-PhD Associate Professor
Psychiatry
UIC
http://arrowsmith.psych.uic.edu

Neuroscientist studying the role of microRNAs and other small RNAs in synaptic plasticity.

Informatics project devoted to developing tools to enhance scientific discovery and collaboration.

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Information Retrieval, Computational Linguistics, Libraries/Digital Archives, Modelling/Simulations, Semantic Search, Collaborative Technologies

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Bill Sterner
Lecturer, Dir. MacLab
Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science
U of Chicago

I’ve long been interested in crossover projects between computing and the humanities, and have taught a variety of courses related to themes of “computer programming as a liberal art.” I’m currently working on a monograph on Aristotle’s Poetics as a productive science that may someday have implications for thinking about artifactual design. Brenda Laurel’s Computers as Theater would be in a related domain space.

Fields of interest: Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, Computational Linguistics, Libraries/Digital Archives, Modelling/Simulations, Electronic Literature, Computational Art, Semantic Search, Collaborative Technologies, Cinematic Syntax

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Russell Horton
Programmer/Analyst
DLDC/ARTFL
University of Chicago

Programmer working on text search, machine learning, text mining and text reuse detection in the Humanities.

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Information Retrieval, Computational Linguistics, Libraries/Digital Archives, Semantic Search

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Eben English
Digital Services Librarian
Illinois Institute of Technology
http://library.iit.edu

Fields of interest: Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, GIS/Mapping, Libraries/Digital Archives, Electronic Literature, Semantic Search

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Bill Parod
Software Developer
Northwestern University Library
Northwestern University

I develop repository infrastructure and applications.

Fields of interest: Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, GIS/Mapping, Libraries/Digital Archives, Electronic Literature, Music Cognition

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Kathleen Arthur
Librarian
Regenstein Library
University of Chicago

Digital reformatting of books and media, enhancement of digital content for research purposes and archiving of digital content.

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives

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Sara Ware
Program Manager, Academic Initiatives
NSIT
University of Chicago

Fields of interest: Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Mobile Devices, Collaborative Technologies

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Mark Olsen
ARTFL Project
Romance Languages
University of Chicago
http://markvolsen.blogspot.com/

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Semantic Search

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Brandon Montgomery
Professor of Humanities
Interdisciplinary Humanities
Manatee College

Fields of interest: Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives

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Richard Buchner
President/CEO
Hyde Park Systems Group
www.hydeparksystems.com

We develop software to assist research writers in all diciplines. I am interested in the thought process and methods used by writers. I am also interested in devices other than the PC.

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, Electronic Literature, Semantic Search

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Patricia Hswe
Project Manager for NDIIPP Partner Projects
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
http://blog.lis.uiuc.edu/pvw/

I am interested in digital libraries, with special emphasis on metadata issues (creation, standardization, access, semantics, usability); use and users of digital resources; digital collection management and development; and digital project management. Like others in my field, I believe the digital humanities offer scholars at the junior-faculty level many opportunities to do innovative, original research and break from the typically restrictive route to tenure in ways possibly transcending the intellectual gains of the scholarly monograph.

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Gaming, Electronic Literature, Semantic Search, Collaborative Technologies

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Maojin Jiang
Ph.D. student
Computer Science
Illinois Institute of Technology

On my radar of research interests, there are text/web mining, sentiment/subjectivity analysis, social network analysis, web search, topic- and non topic-based text categorization, computational linguistics, statistical learning, machine learning, AI, etc. More recently, I’m focusing on automatically determining political orientation from political blogs.

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Information Retrieval, Computational Linguistics

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Shlomo Argamon
Associate Professor
Computer Science
Illinois Institute of Technology
http://lingcog.iit.edu

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Information Retrieval, Computational Linguistics, Semantic Search

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Eneida Mendonca
MD, PhD
Computation Institute
University of Chicago

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Information Retrieval, Computational Linguistics, Mobile Devices, Semantic Search

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Worthy Martin
Comp.Sci. & IATH
University of Virginia
www.iath.virginia.edu

Computer Science faculty with half-time research appointment as Associate Director for Technology in the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia.
Research interests include image processing, dynamic scene analysis, information retrieval and data structuring, e.g., mark-up and databases (oh, and even some Genetic Algorithms on occasion).

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, GIS/Mapping, Libraries/Digital Archives

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Betsy Kruger
Associate Professor
University Library
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
http://www.library.uiuc.edu/blog/digitizedbotw/

Head of digital content creation at University Library.

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Electronic Literature, Computational Art, Semantic Search

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Roxana Girju
Assistant Professor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/girju/

I am interested in Computational Linguistics / Natural Language Processing. The focus on my research is on meaning and I attempt to understand the role of semantics and pragmatics in supporting intelligent inference and use this understanding to develop systems that learn and make intelligent inferences in complex domains.
The target areas of application have been Information Extraction and Retrieval, Question Answering, Text Data Mining, Machine Learning, and Machine Translation. More recently I added Language Evolution, Computer Vision, and Bioinformatics.

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, Computational Linguistics, Semantic Search

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Sofia J. Athenikos
Ph.D. Student
College of Information Science and Technology
Drexel University
http://www.pages.drexel.edu/~sj94/

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, GIS/Mapping, Computational Linguistics, Gaming, Mobile Devices, Augmented Reality, Modelling/Simulations, Computational Art, Semantic Search, Music Cognition, Cinematic Syntax, Artificial Intelligence (Knowledge Representation and Reasoning), Semantic Web (Description Logics, Rules, Ontologies), Visual Analytics, Intelligence and Security Informatics, Conceptual Modeling

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Joshua Trampier
Ph.D. candidate
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
University of Chicago

My background is in ancient Egyptian languages and cultures, as well as in applying remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems to problems of landscape archaeology. My interest in ancient Egypt ranges from the Neolithic to late Roman/early Islamic periods, and I am interested in addressing questions of relationships between archaeological praxis, CRM-relevant law, tourism, and technology. As the Associate Director of CAMEL, I am also interested in digital archive initiatives and standards, as well as geographical data modeling and visualization.

Fields of interest: Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, GIS/Mapping, Libraries/Digital Archives, Collaborative Technologies

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D. Sculley, Ph.D.
Google
www.cs.tufts.edu/~dsculley

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives

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Sylvia Mendoza
Design & Production Dir.
UC Press

As a publisher, and in particular a production person responsible for the dissemination of content, I’m interested in learning about how researchers do their work.

Fields of interest: Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Mobile Devices, Electronic Literature, Computational Art, Semantic Search, Collaborative Technologies

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Susan Brown
Director, Orlando Project
English
Universities of Alberta and Guelph
www.ualberta.ca/ORLANDO

Interested in tools and interfaces for literary analysis, markup that supports it, and collaborative systems that would make wide-spread participation in the creation of high-quality online resources possible.

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, GIS/Mapping, Collaborative Technologies

Update: Unable to attend due to illness.

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Dr. Catherine Mardikes
University of Chicago

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Information Retrieval, Electronic Literature, Semantic Search

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Helen F. Schmierer
Librarian
University of Illinois at Chicago

Fields of interest: Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Electronic Literature

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Kenneth Bloom
Ph.D. candidate
Computer Science
Illinois Institute of Technology
http://www.iit.edu/~kbloom1/

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Information Retrieval, Computational Linguistics

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Tyler Danstrom
Programmer/Analyst
Library
University of Chicago

I work for the library at the University of Chicago

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives

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Morgan Elmore
Web & Digital Library Specialist
Center for Research Libraries

I am a web developer and programmer working predominantly on creating search and discovery interfaces for traditional and digitized library materials. CRL digitizes items on-demand for its members and is always on the look-out for ways to increase the discoverability and usefulness of these materials for researchers.

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Semantic Search, Collaborative Technologies

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Mike Ryan
Undergraduate Student
Mathematics and Computer Science
Duquesne University
www.jgaap.com

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Information Retrieval, Semantic Search, Collaborative Technologies

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Stéfan Sinclair
Associate Professor
Communication Studies & Multimedia
McMaster University
http://stefansinclair.name/

Stéfan Sinclair is an Associate Professor of Multimedia. His areas of interest include content analysis and data mining, experimental visualization interfaces, computational linguistics, and database design. He is the creator or co-developer of online Digital Humanities tools such as HyperPo (hyperpo.org), the TAPoR Portal (portal.tapor.ca), the Humanities Visualization Project (humviz.org), and BonPatron (bonpatron.com).

Interests: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, Computational Linguistics, Mobile Devices, Semantic Search, Collaborative Technologies, Serendipity..

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Diane Harvey
Undergraduate Studies Librarian
University Libraries
University of Maryland

I work with undergraduate students across all disciplines in the areas of reference and instructional services.

Interests: Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives

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Lee Konrad
Director, Memorial Library
UW-Madison
http://www.library.wisc.edu/

I am the Director of Memorial Library, the Humanities and Social Science research library.

Interests: Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Information Retrieval, Libraries/Digital Archives, Mobile Devices, Electronic Literature

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