The DHAI Seminar

When Digital Humanities Meet Artificial Intelligence

Welcome to the Digital Humanities / Artificial Intelligence Seminar!


Fostered by the creation of new algorithms, computation power and the development of deep learning techniques, Artificial Intelligence needs constantly to confront new issues and data sets in order to deepen its methodologies and increase its range of scientific applications. Digital humanities, developing digital science methodologies in the study of humanities and using the critical approaches of humanities in the analysis of the contemporary “digital revolutions”, are constantly in search of new tools to explore more and more complex and diversified data sets.

The coupling AI/DH is globally emerging as one key interface for both domains and will probably prove to be a deep transformative trend in tomorrow intellectual world.

The ambition of this seminar is to be one of the places where this coupling is shaped, fostered and analyzed. It intends to offer a forum where both communities, understood in a very inclusive way, exchange around emerging issues, ongoing projects, and past experiences in order to build a common language, a shared space, and to encourage innovative cooperation on the long run.

Past seminars

You can access here the list of past seminars.

Next seminars

November 24, 2020, 12:00-14:00, room online (link here).
Philippe Gambette (Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée)
Title: Alignment and text comparison for digital humanities
Abstract: This talk will provide several algorithmic approaches based on alignment or text comparison algorithms, at different scales, with applications in digital humanities. We will present an alignment-based approach for 16th and 17th century French text modernisation and show the impact of this normalisation process on automatic geographical named entity recognition.
We will also show several visualisation techniques which are useful to explore text corpora by highlighting similarities and differences between those texts at different levels. In particular, we will illustrate the use of Sankey diagrams at different levels to align various editions of the same text, such as poetry books by Marceline Desbordes-Valmore published from 1819 to 1830 or Heptameron by Marguerite de Navarre. This visualisation tool can also be used to contrast the most frequent words of two comparable corpora to highlight their differences. We will also illustrate how the use of word trees, built with the TreeCloud software, helps identifying trends in a corpus, by comparing the trees built for subsets of the corpus.
We will finally focus on stemmatology, where the analysed texts are supposed to be derived from a unique initial manuscript. We will describe a tree reconstruction algorithm designed to take linguistic input into account when building a tree describing the history of the manuscripts, as well as a list of observed variants supporting its edges.
Contributors of these works include Delphine Amstutz, Jean-Charles Bontemps, Aleksandra Chaschina, Hilde Eggermont, Raphaël Gaudy, Eleni Kogkitsidou, Gregory Kucherov, Tita Kyriacopoulou, Nadège Lechevrel, Xavier Le Roux, Claude Martineau, William Martinez, Anna-Livia Morand, Jonathan Poinhos, Caroline Trotot and Jean Véronis.

December 15th, 2020, 12:00-14:00, room online (link here).
Carl Langlais (Paris-IV Sorbonne)
Title: Redefining the cultural history of newspapers with artificial intelligence: the experiments of the Numapresse project
Abstract: During the last twenty years, libraries developed massive digitization program. While this shift has significantly enhanced the accessibility cultural digital archives, it has also opened up unprecedented research opportunities. Innovative projects have recently attempted to apply large scale quantitative methods borrowed from computer science to tackle ambitious historical issues. The Numapresse project proposes a new cultural history of French newspaper from 1800, notably through the distant reading of detailed digitization outputs from the French National Library and other partners. It has recently become a pilot project of the future data labs of the French National Library. This presentation features a series of 'operationalization' of core concepts of the cultural history of the news in the context of a continuous methodological dialog with statistics, data science, and machine learning. Classic methods of text mining have been supplemented with spatial analysis of pages to deal with the complex and polyphonic editorial structures of newspapers in order to retrieve specific formats like signatures or news dispatch. The project has created a library of 'genre models' which made it possible to retrieve large collections of texts belong to leading newspaper genres in different historical settings. This approach has been extended to large collections of newspaper images through the retraining of deep learning models. The automated identification of text and image reprints also makes it possible to map the transforming ecosystem of French networks and its connection to other publication formats. The experimental work of Numapresse aims to foster a modeling ecosystem among research and library communities working on cultural heritage archives.

January 19th, 2021, TBA, room online (link TBA).
Daniel Stoekl (École Pratique des Hautes Études)
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February 16, 2021, TBA, room online (link TBA).
Marc Smith, Oumayma Bounou (École nationale des chartes)
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March 16, 2021, TBA, room online (link TBA).
Stavros Lazaris and Alexandre Guilbaud (CNRS and Sorbonne Université)
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April 13, 2021, TBA, room online (link TBA).
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May 11, 2021, TBA, room online (link TBA).
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June 8, 2021, TBA, room online (link TBA).
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