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Past Events

New Horizons in Digital Humanities & Cultural Data Science – A Professional Development Workshop

Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Digital Technologies programme at the University of Hong Kong is delighted to host nine of the leading experts in digital humanities and cultural data science. This interactive event is designed for students and university teaching staff who are eager to integrate digital approaches and advanced data science into their humanities education and research. Join us for expert-led discussions, hands-on sessions, and networking opportunities that will elevate your academic pursuits. Topics include semantic annotation, GIS using aerial reconnaissance data, computer vision, graph decomposition, and multilingual text analysis using transformers.

Hosts

Dr. Anya Adair

Dr. Javier Cha

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HKU Workshop Series of Humanities and Digital Technologies

Description

On May 24, 2023, the Faculty of Arts is going to organise a series of Humanities and Digital Technologies workshops.  Prospective students can take this opportunity to experience mock lectures and receive the latest updates on the BA(HDT) programme and admissions information.  Teachers and parents are also welcomed to attend.  Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to chat with current BA(HDT) students and gain insight into their authentic first-year experiences and feelings.  

From Medieval Manuscripts to the Versailles Hall of Mirrors: The Promises and Problems of the Digital Space.

Description

The Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles has long been a famous symbol of opulence and the grandeur of the French monarchy. But though its expensive and carefully-crafted mirrors promise a perfect reflection, they necessarily reflect a distorted version of reality. In our own digital age, the ‘mirror of the world’ that is offered to us by virtual representations faces these same problems. Virtual versions of historical objects promise reality, but necessarily distort what they display to us. This talk will present some magnificent examples of digitised historical objects from medieval to modern France, and will demonstrate how the digital space lets us explore and understand these objects. At the same time, it will consider how the virtual world influences and limits our perceptions of physical objects from history.

Speaker

Dr. Anya Adair

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Archaeology in Virtual Reality (VR)

Description

Are you interested in exploring an ancient archaeological site? What about an ancient site that is thousands of kilometers from here?  We invite you to join any of our upcoming workshops that use Virtual Reality (VR) to enable you to visit an ancient site in the country of Armenia!  Armenia is part of the ancient Near East and north of Mesopotamia, a broader region where the first agriculture, states, and writing occurred thousands of years ago. 
 

In our VR tour, you will visit the site of the Vedi Fortress in Armenia, with a virtual reconstruction of this castle’s walls and other features.  Your tour will be guided by students who have helped to excavate the site.  These workshops are open to anyone in the public, but we particularly invite families with children of any age to attend.  
 

We hope to share our site with many children!  In VR, you will see other participants as avatars on the virtual site. All workshops are exactly the same, so you can attend any.  The experience can take between 10 and 30 minutes.  

 

This event is for all ages and open to everyone, and participation is free of charge. Children are especially invited.  Walk-ins are always welcome!

Host

Dr. Peter Cobb

Value Creation in Multiverse

Description

As people spending large amount of time online, there are needs to be fulfilled on and offline, if creators and developers fulfill those needs, it represents a paradigm input life and potentials, this brief session discussed that with simple exercises.

Speaker

Dr. Kal Ng

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Art Jam by Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Digital Technologies Students
(2022 Cohort)

Description

The very first output by the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Digital Technologies student cohort from the Trajectory workshops hosted by Dr. Kal Ng: an Art Jam with AI bot for text to art imagery is on exhibition at the Ground Floor Gallery.

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Mapping Voltaire's Correspondence Network in Palladio

Description

Dr. Javier Cha will demonstrate the use of Palladio for data-assisted digital humanities scholarship. Palladio is a web-based data visualization platform developed at Stanford University to help humanities researchers with limited technical expertise discover patterns in their data. Dr. Cha will visualize Voltaire's correspondence network and explain how Palladio and other digital tools will be integrated into the BA(HDT) curriculum.

Speaker

Dr. Javier Cha

Gear Up for Your Journey in Humanities and Digital Technologies - Trajectory Workshops

Description

HDT Trajectories are a series of workshops of trends in humanities and technologies, student cohort gather informally to discuss interesting topics and issues, try out new technologies, exchange ideas and happenings, mapping new career directions and navigating with each other towards creating their capstone thesis project.

Speaker

Dr. Kal Ng

Mini-workshop - Analyzing and creating text with computers

Description

How can computers participate in our attempts to write creatively? Is recent progress in artificial intelligence and in the field of ‘natural language processing’ making a difference? During this workshop, we will experiment with writing and how computers can analyze and generate text. You will first write short pieces of text given a prompt, which we’ll then analyze in terms of style and content. Using the same prompt, we will then see how well computers can write, and if you’re able to distinguish a text written by a human from one written by a machine. Be ready to be involved, intrigued by, and amazed at what the latest algorithms and computer models are capable of when it comes to language!

Speaker

Dr. Christophe Coupé

Workshop:
Personal Knowledge Management for Academic Success for BA(HDT) Students

Description

This workshop is one in a series of three developed to help students develop strategies and program an online spaces to develop your own personal knowledge management (PKM) system. These skills will aid students as they consolidation information and work collaboratively through their studies.

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