Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneDigital Humanities Laboratory (DHLAB)

The Digital Humanities Laboratory (DHLAB) at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), founded in 2012 by Frédéric Kaplan develops new computational approaches for digitization and modelling large-scale archives of ancient documents. Projects conducted at the lab range from building “Google maps of ancient places” to “Facebooks of the Middle Ages”. Benefiting from EPFL’s strong technological expertise, the DHLAB conducts research projects in collaboration with prestigious patrimonial institutions and museums, all over Europe.

Key Responsibilities in READ: Large scale demonstrator of meta-learning model.  The Venice Time Machine (VTM) project aims to build a multidimensional model of Venice and its evolution covering a period of more than 1000 years.  The VTM team already have a full model in place for digitisation, processing, indexing and retrieval of a large historical collection and so the READ project will research ways to select the best methods for achieving these processes in a real-world environment.