Compute Canada Announces Scholarship Recipients for 2015 DHSI


Compute Canada is pleased to announce its two pairs of scholarships for the 2015 Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) have been awarded to Gurpreet Singh, a graduate student at the University of Lethbridge, and his co-applicant James Desjardins, a SHARCNET High Performance Computing Consultant at Brock University; and Jonathan Armoza, a graduate student at McGill University, and his co-applicant Félix-Antoine Fortin, a Calcul Québec HPC Analyst at Université Laval.

“These scholarship recipients have been using Compute Canada’s advanced research computing resources and collaborating with our experts to drive exciting projects in areas of digital archives and topic modeling,” said John Simpson, Compute Canada’s Digital Humanities Specialist. “By offering these scholarships focused around existing projects, Compute Canada is developing a further understanding of the Digital Humanities while directly supporting actual research in the field. We are confident each co-applicant will make valuable contributions to this forum and we look forward to seeing what they bring back from the learning and collaboration opportunities the DHSI offers.”

Compute Canada DHSI 2015 Scholarship Recipients

The Visionary Cross Project

Gurpreet Singh, Graduate Student, University of Lethbridge
James Desjardins, High Performance Computing Consultant, SHARCNET / Brock University

The Visionary Cross project is an international, multidisciplinary research project whose principal objective is the development of a new kind of digital archive and edition of texts and objects associated with the Visionary Cross tradition in Anglo-Saxon England. The material this project represents includes some of the most studied and most popular artefacts from the Anglo-Saxon period: the Ruthwell Cross, Bewcastle Cross, Brussels Cross and Vercelli Book Dream of the Rood and Elene poems. It recently received a SSHRC Insight grant to expand the project and include more functionalities and features such as LinkedData capabilities and crowdsourced annotation. There is also a proposal for development of the viewer as a generic software for generating 3D models from the uploaded data for any 3D object. As the whole, the project requires substantial storage and computational processing.
Topic Optimization and Visual Model Inspection for Humanists

Jonathan Armoza, Graduate Student, McGill University
Félix-Antoine Fortin, HPC Analyst, Calcul Québec / Université Laval

This project utilizes the capabilities of Compute Canada’s advanced research computing infrastructure to present a visual and interactive form of topic model parameter optimization. As the modeler progresses in sampling iterations from start to finish, a visualization will be presented to the user that abstractly represents the progress of the model, but also with some concrete information as to that model’s composition: its current parameter values and topic to text associations. This progression can be paused to view onscreen the current topic coherence score and LDA parameters, with the aim to allow users to interact with the multi-objective, parameter optimization problem being solved for and adjust or hold parameter values as they see fit. This project aims not only to exchange perceptions across disciplines of theoretical and applied parameter-based methodologies such as topic modeling, but also to provide an example as to how researchers may better understand the construction of the complex models of content from which they base their conclusions.

DHSI is happening at the University of Victoria June 1 – 19 and brings together faculty, staff, and students from the Arts, Humanities, Library, and Archives communities for three weeks of intensive coursework, seminars, and lectures. The scholarship recipients will have their course registrations paid for by Compute Canada. Additionally, Compute Canada staff will have their travel expenses covered. General registration for courses closes June 1.

For more information on the services Compute Canada offers Digital Humanities researchers, visit the Compute Canada website. To discuss possible collaborations, please contact John Simpson.

For more information on the DHSI’s 2015 courses and workshops, visit the DHSI website.