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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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Drayton C. Benner
Ph.D. student
Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
University of Chicago

I am a PhD student at the University of Chicago in Northwest Semitic Philology and also do software development for a small company that makes ancient texts available electronically (among other things), having studied computer science and math as an undergrad and worked as a software engineer before turning my attention to semitics.

Fields of interest: Data Mining/Machine Learning, Text Analysis , Mobile Devices, Performance

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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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Beata Beigman Klebanov
Post-doctoral fellow
Kellogg School of Management
Northwestern University
http://www.cs.huji.ac.il/~beata/Blank.html

I am a computational linguist, interested in text analysis from a variety of perspectives — experimental, theoretical, computational, applied. I am particularly interested in viewed text as a collaborative enterprise between the author and the reader, and what this entails in terms of author and reader strategies. I am currently working on political rhetoric from this perspective.

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

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Erin McKean
CEO, Alphabeticall
wordnik.com

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

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Tom Knab
CIO
College of Arts and Sciences
Case Western Reserve University
http://artsci.case.edu/bakernord/doku.php

I’m interested in working with people developing and implementing the best tools and approaches for supporting digital humanities for research, collaboration and teaching. I have particular interest in networked tools for collaboration and communication. The faculty, students and other scholars associated with our Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University are using some digital tools and resources, and would like to engage with the burgeoning national digital humanities community.

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

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

Fields of interest: Text Analysis , Computational Linguistics

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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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