October 2008

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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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Matthew Bouchard
MA Student
Humanities Computing
University of Alberta

Fields of Interest: Imaging/Visualization, Libraries/Digital Archives, Gaming, Augmented Reality, Collaborative Technologies

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Sarah Schmidt
MSLIS student
Syracuse University

Fields of Interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Libraries/Digital Archives, Gaming, Electronic Literature, Computational Art

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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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Doug McDonald
Ph.D. candidate
History of Culture
University of Chicago

Fields of Interest: Computational Art, Performance, Collaborative Technologies, Music Cognition

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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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Wade Chandler
Adjunct Instructor
IAM
Columbia College

Visual Arts, Vjing, Peggy 2.0, Sculpture, Sound

Fields of Interest: Imaging/Visualization, Computational Art, Performance, Collaborative Technologies, Music Cognition

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Robert Neiser
Ph.D. candidate
Germanic Studies
University of Chicago

Fields of interest: Text Analysis , Computational Linguistics

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Perpetua Ruiz
M.S.
Business and information Technology
Kennedy-King College

I teach mathematics and programming languages courses.

Field of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning

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Cheryl Ball
Editor, Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, Pedagogy
English
Illinois State University
www.ceball.com

I’m interested in the intersections of aesthetics and rhetorics in digital texts, with a focus on multimodal, digital scholarship.

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Imaging/Visualization, Electronic Literature, Computational Art, Semantic Search, Performance

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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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Tom Barton
Sr Director IT Integration
NSIT
University of Chicago

Field of interest: Collaborative Technologies

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Loretta Auvil
Senior Project Coordinator
UIUC
www.seasr.org

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

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Michael Welge
Director, Automated Learning Group
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Field of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning

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