Image Analysis and Systematic Palaeography

A 2-day symposium on Image Analysis and Systematic Palaeography will take place at the Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (Paris) on April 14-15, 2011, serving as the conclusion of the research program ANR GRAPHEM (Grapheme based Retrieval and Analysis for PalaeograpHic Expertise of medieval Manuscripts)

The research program ANR GRAPHEM (2008-2011), lead by the LIRIS (UMR 5205, Laboratoire d’InfoRmatique en Image et Systèmes d’information), federates four resarch teams: 2 laboratories in computer science (LIFO, EA 4022, Laboratoire d’Informatique Fondamentale d’Orléans, and LIPADE, Laboratoire d’Informatique Paris Descartes, former CRIP5) and 2 in human sciences (Institut de recherche et d’histoire des Textes and Ecole nationale des chartes). Its aim is to improve the data mining and image processing techniques applied to medieval scripts and their classification.

This symposium will not only present the technological achievements or the software and tools produced during this research program, but also draw a methodological conclusion on interdisciplinary work in the field of Palaeography and Image Analysis.


— 14 April

* Denis Muzerelle (IRHT): Image Analysis Techniques applied to Medieval Scripts (« Les techniques d’analyse d’images appliquées aux écritures médiévales »)
* Matthieu Exbrayat (LIFO): Spatial Exploration and Interaction: Implementation in the Research Program Graphem (« Exploration et interaction spatiale: mise en œuvre dans le cadre du projet Graphem »)
* Stéphane Brès (LIRIS): Script Characterization from Local Visual Signs (« Caractérisation d’écritures à partir d’indices visuels locaux »)
* Nicole Vincent (LIPADE): A Proposal of Script Property Descriptors for Typological Grouping (« Proposition de descripteurs des propriétés des écritures en vue d’apparentements typologiques »)
* Round table (moderator: Marc Smith, École nationale des chartes): Current applications of informatics in paleography, by which methods and for what purposes?

— 15 April

* Permanent Seminar on Cursive Scripts [specific program:

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