Digital Humanities: Towards Learning from eScience
Speaker: Frank LEYMANN and Johanna BARZEN
Date: 17 May 2016 Time: 14:00 - 18:00
Location: "Alkiviades C. Payatakes" Seminar Room, FORTH, Heraklion, Crete
Host: Prof. Dimitris Plexousakis


When taking a closer look at natural sciences and engineering the use of concepts, methods and technologies of computer science is in an advanced stage. In comparison, the use of techniques and methods of computer science in the humanities is rather marginal. This is what Digital Humanities want to change. In this talk we provide a brief overview on the paradigm of eScience and the scientific method. Influenced by this, we outline a method to derive costume languages in movies based on the concepts of formal languages, ontologies and pattern languages. These concepts are used quite frequently in computer science but haven’t been seriously applied to answer questions from the humanities. By generalizing the approach for costumes to other domains in the humanities, we want to outline how these ideas can be of advantage for the humanities.


Frank LEYMANN is a full professor of computer science and director of the Institute of Architecture of Application Systems (IAAS) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. His research interests include service computing, workflow- and business process management, cloud computing, eScience and patterns. Frank is co-author of more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, more than 50 patents, and several industry standards. Before accepting the position at University of Stuttgart he worked for twenty years as an IBM Distinguished Engineer on IBM’s overall middleware stack. In 2015 he received an honorary doctorate of University of Crete.

Johanna BARZEN studied media science, musicology and phonetics at the University of Cologne and gained first practical experience while working for some major television channels like WDR and RTL. Next to this she studied costume design at the ifs (international film school

Cologne) and worked in several film productions in the costume department in different roles. Currently she is Ph.D. student at the University of Cologne and research staff member at the Institute of Architecture of Application Systems (IAAS) at the University of Stuttgart doing research on vestimentary communication in films.

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