Speakers and Workshop Leaders Confirmed

The committee for the 3rd International Symposium for Humanities and Technology, InterFace 2011, is pleased to announce that all the speakers and workshop leaders have now been confirmed.

The keynote speakers are:

  • Melissa Terras (UCL)
    Digitsation of Cultural Heritage and Image Processing
  • Stephen Scrivener (University of the Arts, London)
    Design Research and Creative Production

The workshops are:

  • Data Visualisation
    lead by Andy Hudson Smith (UCL, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis)
  • Network Analysis
    lead by Tom Brughmans (University of Southampton, Archaeological Computing Research Group) and Marco Buechler (University of Leipzig, eAqua)
  • Semantic Web
    lead by Joe Padfield (National Gallery)
  • Bibliographic Software
    lead by Ian Mulvany (VP New Product Development, Mendeley)

The How To talks are:

  • User Studies
    given by Claire Warwick (UCL, Centre for Digital Humanities)
  • How to Get Published
    given by Sarah-Louise Quinnell (http://www.phd2published.com/ and KCL, Georgraphy) and representatives from Ashgate Publishing.
  • How to Get Funding in the EU and UK
    given by Henreitte Brun (UCL, Laws Faculty)

The application process is still open. If you’d like to apply to participate in InterFace, please submit your lightning talk proposal at:


Key Dates:

  • Friday 25 February Deadline for applications
  • Friday 1 April Notification of successful applications
  • Monday 18 April Deadline for registration for successful applicants
  • Wednesday 27 July InterFace 2011 begins

We look forward to receiving your application.

The InterFace 2011 Committee

Introducing the InterFace2011 organisers…

InterFace is a conference organised by post-graduates for post-graduates in technology and the humanities.   It’s part conference, part forum, part networking opportunity. All the Interface2011 organisers are in varying stages of Doctoral research, and this flexibility and informal approach is something which really appeals to us as organisers. We really want InterFace to be a symposium and networking opportunity in order to stimulate collaborations and new research directions.

In the summer Leif Isaksen, one of the founders of InterFace 2009, approached four of the leading London based institutions for humanities and computer science scholarship and asked if we would be willing to host this year’s InterFace Conference.  It was a resounding yes from all of us.

So here is a bit more about all of the 2011 Organisers: Alberto, Alejandro, Andreia, Claire, Matteo, Raffaele, and Richard.

We will be blogging about our perspectives about Digital Humanities, our research and the ups and downs of organising InterFace, and of course keeping you updated on the InterFace calls for participation, submission dates, and registration details.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the conference or wish to make any other enquiries, please contact the committee at enquiries@interface2011.org.uk

Announcing InterFace 2011: 3rd International Symposium for Humanities and Technology

InterFace is a symposium for humanities and technology. In 2011 it is being jointly hosted by colleges across London and will be an invaluable opportunity for participants to visit this active hub of digital scholarship and practice.

The symposium aims to foster collaboration and shared understanding between scholars in the humanities and in computer science, especially where their efforts converge on exchange of subject matter and method. With a focus on the interests and concerns of Ph.D students and early career researchers, the programme will include networking activities, opportunities for research exposition, and various training and workshop activities.

The details of the workshops and training sessions are still in preparation but they are expected to include hands-on work with:

  • bibliographic software
  • sound analysis for speech and music
  • data visualisation
  • user studies and social research
  • discourse analysis in the sciences, technology and the humanities
  • applying for research funding
  • getting work published
  • computer modelling

A core component of the programme will be a lightning talks session in which each participant will make a two-minute presentation on their research. The session will be lively and dynamic. Each presentation must be exactly two minutes long, making use of necessary, interesting, appropriate, or entertaining visual or sound aids, and condensing a whole Ph.D’s worth of ideas and work into this short slot.

Finally, the symposium will conclude with an unconference; a participatory, collaborative, and informal event in which the form and content is decided on by participants as it unfolds and in which discussion and production is emphasised over presentation and analysis. Participants may wish to share their own skills, learn a new skill, establish and develop a collaborative project, or hold a focused discussion.

In January we will be seeking applications for participation in this symposium. An announcement and call for papers will be issued in the New Year.

For any general enquiries related to the symposium please email:



Expert-led training

Participants will leave the symposium with new skills and insights gained from a variety of targeted training sessions. Specialists will give 30 minute presentations on funding, organising and promoting successful interdisciplinary projects in industry and academia. A panel of invited experts will respond to questions submitted both prior to and during the symposium, in order to give direct feedback to the delegates.

Idea Generation

Fundamental to the success of this event will be the exchange of existing ideas and the creation of new ones.
All participants will be required to present a ‘lightning talk’ outlining their research in such a way that it is accessible to those outside their own discipline. There will be a number of informal opportunities for delegates to develop their ideas further with other interested participants.

Community Building

InterFace will provide a permanent Web presence as we recognise that many of the best ideas will occur to participants after they have had time to digest the event itself. Social networking facilities will enable participants to maintain a personal profile of interests and contact details. These will carry over into future InterFace symposia in order to build a community of practitioners that provides support, advice and contribution to new collaborative ventures.