2018 Instructors

Constance Crompton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa. She serves as an associate director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute and as vice-president (English) of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société canadienne des humanités numériques.

Chris Tanasescu is Coordinator of Digital Humanities Resources with University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Arts and an Adjunct Professor in the University of Ottawa’s Department of Computer Science. He specializes in digital literary studies and computational literary analysis and was principal investigator on a SSHRC-funded project on Poetry Computational Graphs. He has expertise in machine learning, data science, corpora development, and graph theory.

André Vellino is an associate professor in Information Studies at the University of Ottawa and an adjunct research professor at the Institute of Cognitive Science at Carleton University. His research interests include recommender systems for digital libraries, the automatic inference of metadata schemas for scientific research datasets and the cognitive science aspects of automated reasoning systems. Course taught at

Justine Boudreau completed her mechanical engineering degree at uOttawa and is now working on an Electronic Business Technologies Masters. During the last three years she has spent her time playing with new tech and diversifying her knowledge. She spent almost 2 years working with the Maker Mobile delivering workshops and integrating new curriculum for robotics and women in science and engineering. She then moved on to work for the uOttawa Richard L’Abbé Makerspace while teaching and running the first and second year engineering design courses run through the Makerlab. In her spare time, Justine has being practicing Kung Fu and some serious crafting. Course taught at

Jay Irizawa is an Assistant Professor at OCAD University in Advertising, Environment Design, and Graphic Design. His design practice explores the unboundaries of digital/physical space through research and education. Formal training in painting, photographic arts, and interior design informs a multidisciplinary approach to interior, exhibit, industrial, and graphic design media. As an award-winning Group Creative Director in advertising, event, product, and experiential communications, Jay has spear-headed Creative for top-tier global clients in national and international projects. He is currently applying his experience to inform projects between environments and information at the nexus of digital theory and design-informed. Course taught at

David McDougall graduated from Queen’s University with a BFA and received his Masters from York University.  He began his artistic career as a figurative sculptor, focusing on the intersection between traditional bronze sculpture and snapshot photography. His practice transformed through several formative collaborations, which now includes creating kinetic and electronic art and incorporating techniques of mesh molding and 3D printing. His current artistic practice investigates technological and environmental issues through sculpture. McDougall has exhibited throughout Ontario and has been an instructor and technician at the University of Ottawa over the past decade.

Jean-François Lozier is a replacement professor at the University of Ottawa’s Department of History, on leave from the Canadian Museum of History where he has served as curator responsible for French North America since 2011. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (2012), and his research focus has been the history of Franco-Indigenous relations during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, as well as material culture, commemoration, and public and digital history.  He has been teaching these past few years “HIS4760: History and Video Games” at the University of Ottawa, and studying how games represent Indigenous peoples and colonialism.

Sarah Simpkin is currently serving as Interim Digital Scholarship Librarian and part-time Digital Humanities instructor at the University of Ottawa, where she is working on advancing DH initiatives across campus. In her previous role as GIS and Geography Librarian, Sarah managed the library’s geospatial data and map collections, coordinated map digitization projects and taught mapping workshops. She holds an Hon. BSc. in Physical Geography from the University of Toronto and an MLIS from Western University.

Joël Rivard is the replacement GIS and Geography Librarian at the University of Ottawa. Before taking this position in the summer of 2017, Joël spent over 15 years working as the Cartographic Specialist and the GIS Technician at the Carleton University Library. He has a Master of Information Studies as well as an honours degree in Geomatics with a minor in Environmental Studies.

Qianjia (Shy) Huang is pursuing his PhD degree in Computer Science at University of Ottawa. He is working on cyberbullying detection by means of natural language processing at the NLP lab. He has been researching cyber-harassment for more than five years and gained extensive experience in social media text analysis.

Prasadith Buddhitha received his Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems (with Honours) from University College Dublin (Ireland). He has a Master of Science degree from University of Keele (United Kingdom) and started his second Master of Science degree in Electronic Business Technologies at the University of Ottawa. He is currently pursuing his Doctoral degree in Electronic Business at the University of Ottawa under Prof. Diana Inkpen’s supervision. His research interests are in the area of Natural Language Processing, data mining, and machine learning. His research uses Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing techniques applied to social media platforms. He was also involved in building research prototypes for churn prediction and uplift modeling. Before pursuing his doctoral degree, Prasadith worked as a web programmer.

Ehsan Amjadian is PhD candidate in Cognitive Science at Carleton University. He also works as a Machine Learning Scientist in the industry. His areas of expertise are Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning. He has applied machine learning methods to various tasks and has developed new methods improving on the available systems including automatic terminology extraction, speech recognition, dynamic gesture recognition, and text readability assessment to name a few. His research is supervised by Professor Raj Singh at Carleton University and Professor Diana Inkpen at University of Ottawa.


2017 Instructors

Elizabeth Dubois: https://elizabethdubois.wordpress.com/

Emily Christina Murphy is a doctoral candidate and Teaching Fellow in the Department of English at Queen’s University, Canada. She has taught introductory DH courses across the DH Training Network in addition to the British Library Staff Training Programme and the undergraduate Field School in Digital Humanities at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux Castle. She is co-editor, with Dr. Shannon Smith, of a special issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly entitled, “Imagining the DH Undergraduate.”

Dominic Forest est professeur à l’École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information de l’Université de Montréal. Il y mène des activités de recherche et d’enseignement dans les domaines de la fouille de textes (extraction, organisation et visualisation de l’information) et de la diffusion de l’information numérique (technologies Web, architecture de l’information, design et conception de sites Web, Web 2.0). Il est activement impliqué dans plusieurs projets de recherche dans le domaine des humanités numériques (digital humanities).

Stéphane Lamassé, Université Paris 1 (France). Avec le développement du Big Data, les logiciels d’analyse de données sont de plus en plus nombreux et rarement libres. En 2012, l’équipe du Pôle Informatique de Recherche et d’Enseignement en Histoire de l’Université de Paris 1 lance le projet AnalyseSHS. Le projet poursuivait deux objectifs. Celui de faciliter la pratique de méthodes d’analyse multidimensionnelles pour les étudiants en évitant la multiplicité des logiciels alors nécessaires et en se concentrant sur la compréhension des algorithmes ainsi que l’interprétation des résultats; celui ensuite de mettre en relation, par l’expérience, des champs disciplinaires différents comme les statistiques et les SHS et d’expérimenter de nouvelles méthodes applicables à la recherche fondamentale. Elle devenait ainsi une interface pour le transfert de méthodes quantitatives des sciences dures vers les sciences humaines et sociales. Cette expérience, pour l’instant inachevée, permet de s’interroger sur le rapport aux données posée par la pratique de l’histoire par exemple, ainsi que de s’orienter vers l’analyse du rapport des chercheurs à leur outillage informatique dans une dimension plus épistémologique encore.

Benjamin Deruelle: Domaines d’expertise: Méthodes et méthodologies informatiques et mathématiques pour l’histoire. Histoire sociale, culturelle et politique de la guerre (XVIe-XVIIe siècle) .Histoire de la noblesse et de ses relations au pouvoir en France (XVIe-XVIIe siècle).Représentations, discours et argumentation

Robert L. West is an Associate Professor with cross-appointments to Carleton’s Psychology Department and the Institute of Cognitive Science. He directs the Carleton Cognitive Modeling Lab (CCM), which explores modeling systems that offer insights into how the human mind operates.

Sarah Thorne is a doctoral candidate at Carleton’s Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture. She teaches Game Studies as a contract instructor in the School for Journalism and Communication. Sarah is also the lab manager of the Hyperlab, a digital humanities research centre that explores the possibilities of storytelling with new media. Her research, which is generously funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, investigates the relationship between player agency and narrative in games.

Shawn Graham is an Associate Professor in the History Department at Carleton University. His digital archaeological work involves the use of small-scale agent based models and games to explore Roman social space, generative grammars to amuse and delight, minimal computing for teaching & public outreach with museums, and data mining to see what can be squeezed from archaeological data sets. He blogs at electricarchaeology.ca and is all over twitter as @electricarchaeo. He is currently building a virtual machine with integrated text book for teaching digital archaeology.

Hasi Eldib: After graduating from the Television Broadcasting program at Algonquin College in 2007, Hasi has spent the last decade working full-time in the Video Production Industry including: two years of work on the high seas onboard cruise ships, a year on the East Coast of Australia, and a three-year stint as ENG Camera Operator & Video Editor for CTV News Ottawa . Hasi has been working at Carleton University for over four years, and was recently promoted and hired on full-time as the Technical Producer/Media Commons Coordinator. Hasi still devotes a large amount of his spare time to passion projects which span a wide range of freelance assignments and independent documentary film projects, which have been featured both nationally and internationally.