Keynotes

Dr. Tarin Clanuwat

Dr. Tarin Clanuwat is a senior research scientist at Google Brain based in Tokyo. She received her PhD in classical Japanese literature from the Graduate school of Letters Arts and Sciences at Waseda University, where she specialized in Kamakura-era Tale of Genji commentaries. In 2018, while she was a project assistant professor at ROIS-DS Center for Open Data in the Humanities (CODH), she developed an AI-based kuzushiji recognition model called KuroNet. In 2019, she hosted a Kaggle machine learning competition for kuzushiji recognition which attracted over 300 machine learning researchers and engineers from around the world. In order to make Japanese historical documents more accessible to the general public, Tarin also developed “miwo” AI Kuzushiji recognition smartphone application.

Her kuzushiji recognition research and applications won several awards including Yamashita Memorial Research Award from the Information Processing Society of Japan, research paper award from Japan Society for Digital Archive Conference and Excellent award from Vitalizing Local Economy Organization by Open Data & Big Data.

dr. Jieh Hsiang

Jieh Hsiang is a Distinguished Professor in Computer Science of the National Taiwan University. He is also the director of the NTU Research Center for Digital Humanities, the first such center in the Sinophone world. In his pre-DH life, he received a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked mainly in automated theorem proving, in particular term rewriting systems. After returning to Taiwan in 1993, Jieh Hsiang started to work with with historians and anthropologists and initialized the digitization of Taiwanese cultural heritage at his university. Through the years, he and his team built over 30 large scale digital libraries of Chinese/Taiwanese historical archives, all of which utilize a context-discovery retrieval methodology that is designed for scholarly use of digital archives. His team also developed DocuSky, a personal DH platform for humanities scholars to process, annotate, analyze and visualize data and build their own searchable text databases without the help of an IT specialist. The NTU Digital Library of Buddhist Studies, a comprehensive bibliographic on-line database that he has been in charge of since 2005, attracts more than 11,000 users around the world each day.

Jieh Hsiang was the author/editor of six books on digital humanities in Chinese. Being the first of its kind, the books made significant impact in promoting DH in the Sinophone world. He organized the first Conference on Digital Archives and Digital Humanities in 2009, which becomes the first annual DH conference in East Asia. He also helped establishing the Taiwanese Association for Digital Humanities in 2016, and the first Chinese language journal on DH, the Journal of Digital Archives and Digital Humanities, which was inaugurated in 2018. Jieh Hsiang served 6 years as the University Librarian of NTU and 8 years as the Director of NTU Press. Before returning to Taiwan, he was a full professor in Computer Science at Stony Brook University.

the winner of the triennial Antonio Zampolli Prize:

Voyant Tools / Dr. Geoffrey Rockwell

Dr. Geoffrey Rockwell is a Professor of Philosophy and Digital Humanities at the University of Alberta, Canada. He is also the Director of the Kule Institute for Advanced Study and Associate Director of AI for Society signature area. He received his MA and PhD in Philosophy from the University of Toronto where he also worked in computing as a Senior Instructional Technology Specialist. From 1994 to 2008 he was at McMaster University where he directed the Humanities Media and Computing Centre and helped found the Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia.

Rockwell publishes on video games, textual visualization, text analysis, ethics of technology and on digital humanities including a co-edited book on Right Research: Modelling Sustainable Research Practices in the Anthropocene (Open Book Publishers, 2021) and a co-authored book Hermeneutica: Computer-Assisted Interpretation in the Humanities (MIT Press, 2016). He is co-developer of Voyant Tools (voyant-tools.org), an award winning suite of text analysis tools. He is a co-organizer of the Replaying Japan conference, co-editor of the Journal of Replaying Japan, and President of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities.