DH Research Seminar by Isabella di Lenardo


Event details

Date 11.11.2021
Hour 16:3017:15
Speaker Isabella di Lenardo
Location Online
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English
Building a European Time Machine 

Why and how to build a European Time Machine? 

Since 2016, EPFL has been leading a European project, and now an organisation, that aims to create the development of widespread Local Time Machines in Europe. What are the reasons for dealing with past cultural heritage, why it is important and how can we use the most advanced AI technologies of the present to do so; these are the challenges of Time Machine Europe. The presentation aims to explain what the state of the project is today, the types of projects, the challenges and the future of the Time Machine.

The talk will also illustrate a specific case, that of Lausanne Time Machine in Lausanne, launched in 2018, and supported by the College des humanités of EPFL and the history department of the Faculty of Arts of UNIL. The initiative articulates a set of projects that aim to link Lausanne's heritage institutions and academic research. The main objective is to enhance heritage sources with digital tools and to study new methods - and techniques - to massively extract the information contained in historical sources and make it available to researchers but also to the general public.

Isabella di Lenardo, dr. in Theories and Art History, is a Senior Researcher in Digital Humanities at EFPL and specialist in Digital Urban History.
Her research activity is focused on digital tools and methods applied to Urban History. She is an expert in ancient cartography, city representations, cadastral sources interpreted through digital modeling, extraction and analysis systems. She's also interested in network analysis questioning the production and circulation of artistic and architectural knowledge in Europe XVI - XVIII centuries in particular on the North-South relationships and influences.
She leads projects in collaboration with European Commission, Bibliothèque national de France (Paris), Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art (Paris), Ecole nationale des chartes (Paris), Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, German Center for the History of Art (Paris), Louvre Museum, National Archives of Paris, Historical Library of the City of Paris, and Réunion des musées nationaux and many other European heritage institutions.


Practical information

  • General public
  • Free



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