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The Faculty of Informatics is pleased to announce a seminar given by Ernesto William De Luca



Information and Research Infrastructures for Digital Humanities
Speaker: Ernesto William De Luca
Georg-Eckert-Institute - Leibniz-Institute for international Textbook Research, Germany
Date: Friday, June 16, 2017
Place: USI Lugano Campus, room SI-006, Informatics building (Via G. Buffi 13)
Time: 15:30-16:30



In this talk I will presents how the digital services and semantic technologies are used at the Georg Eckert Institute and can be adapted for helping humanists in analysing and processing digital content. Moreover, the related challenges and problems are discussed showing some tools and use cases.

Whereas the classic methodology shows limitations in scalability, the new tools often do not adequately reflect the intended semantics and thus deliver unreliable results. Another important issue to be aware of is the communication and understanding between disciplines. Different possibilities are shown as a first proof of concept for humanities, information science and computer science to overcome the method mismatch and let researchers from different disciplines work ‘on a par’ with another.



Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ernesto William De Luca is head of the “Digital Information and Research Infrastructures” (DIRI) department at the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research - Member of the Leibniz Association (GEI) and has a part-time professorship in “information science” (W2) at the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences. In addition, in May 2015 he was appointed by the Guglielmo Marconi University of Rome as an associate professor in “computational engineering”.

He studied computational linguistics at Bielefeld University, whereupon he took a position as a research fellow in the research institute ITC-IRST (now FBK) in Trento, Italy. He then gained his doctorate in computer science from the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg with a thesis on “Semantic support in multilingual text retrieval”. His research and teaching in this field include data and web mining, human-machine interaction, information processing, user and data modeling as well as the Semantic Web and information retrieval. These topics are closely related to the analysis of complex data. After completing his PhD and undertaking post-doctoral work at the Otto von Guericke University, he was head of the “Information Retrieval and Machine Learning” competence center at the Technische Universität Berlin’s “Distributed Artificial Intelligence Laboratory” (DAI-Labor). In this period he continued his research in the fields of Intelligent Information Management and the Semantic Social Web.

From October 2012 until March 2015 he had a full professorship in “information science” (W2) and was head of their Institute for Information and Documentation (IID) and vice-president for International and Information Technology at the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences (FHP). Requirements analysis and personalized information services, as well as the evaluation of information architectures, were part of his teaching and formed the basis of his research projects at the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences.

He has written over 100 papers for national and international conferences and journals, organized and chaired numerous workshops, and is regular reviewer and programme committee member of different high-profile journals and conferences.


Host: Prof. Fabio Crestani


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