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Persistence and Change in the Cultural Information Space

Inaugural lecture by Professor Kristoffer Nielbo – the first Danish Professor of Humanities Computing

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Friday 2 June 2023,  at 15:00 - 17:00


Aarhus University, Nobel Auditorium, building 1482, room 105


Department of Culture, Cognition and Computation

Humanities Computing is an applied or operational research field that uses mathematics and computational algorithms to solve research problems originating in the knowledge production of the humanities. Today it is often considered a sub-field of Digital Humanities although it predates DH and is likely to survive it. This inaugural presentation is fundamentally Humanities Computing, it showcases as range of applications of information theory, random fractal theory and machine learning to unstructured textual data. All applications try to solve fundamental problems that originate in humanities research, but the solution to which is relevant to scientific inquiries in human information sharing and decision making. From dynamic author profiling in cultural heritage data, to social media trend estimation, literary quality assessment, and pandemic news monitoring. These studies offer valuable insights into the complex dynamics of cultural information that shape psychological and social systems. The presentation also reflects a personal research journey from a time when artificial neural networks was mostly an engineering tool and information theory often frowned upon to a 2023, where AI has taken center-stage, Shannon's seminal work see new applications across the board, and both represent pillars in Center for Humanities Computing's research and development efforts.

As of March 2023, Kristoffer Nielbo was appointed as Professor of Humanities Computing at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University. The School of Culture and Society and the Department of Culture, Cognition and Computation would like to invite employees, colleagues, students, friends and partners to the inaugural lecture of Professor Kristoffer Nielbo. After the lecture, there will be an informal reception hosted by the Department.


15:00 Welcome by Joshua Skewes, Head of Department of Culture, Cognition and Computation
15:10 Inaugural lecture “Persistence and Change in the Cultural Information Space”
16:00 Reception, Interacting Minds Centre, Nobelparken, Building 1483, 3rd floor


Everyone is welcome. To assist us in planning the reception, please register here