21.191 Seminar in London, 3 August: Can computers ever read ancient texts?

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 09:29:05 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 21, No. 191.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 09:24:32 +0100
         From: simon mahony <simon.mahony_at_KCL.AC.UK>
         Subject: Seminar in London, 3 August: Can computers ever
read ancient texts?

Digital Classicist/ICS Work in Progress Seminar, Summer 2007

Friday 3rd August at 16:30, in room NG16, Senate House, Malet Street,

Melissa Terras (University College London)
'Can computers ever read ancient texts?'

Researchers in the Centre of the Study of Ancient Documents, and the
Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford (and now UCL
SLAIS), have been attempting to build a system to aid historians in
reading damaged and deteriorated texts, specifically those from
Vindolanda. But to what extent can computers ever hope to "read"
ancient texts, and how can computers aid (not replace) historians in
propagating readings from hard to read documentary material?


The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

For more information please contact Gabriel.Bodard_at_kcl.ac.uk or
Simon.Mahony_at_kcl.ac.uk, or see the seminar website at

Simon Mahony
Research Associate
Centre for Computing in the Humanities
King's College London
Kay House
7 Arundel St
London WC2R 3DX
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2813
Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 2980
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