PhD thesis offer in graphical pattern spotting in historical documents

PhD studentship – Automatic graphical pattern spotting in historical documents starting September 2013

The aim of this thesis is to develop robust pattern spotting techniques for historical document images (medieval manuscripts or other types of old documents containing graphical parts, such as ornamental background or decorative letters). Pattern spotting consists in searching in a document image for occurrences of a graphical “object”, i.e. a pattern more or less complex such as a logo, a signature, a medieval letter, a symbol, a coast of arms, etc. The query is formulated by pointing in the image an example of the pattern to search for (image query). The interest of pattern spotting is to ease information indexation and retrieval in complex historical digitized documents such as medieval manuscripts for example. One efficient indexing method consists in describing the image using a bag of visual words, i.e. using a vector aggregating local descriptors according to a predefined vocabulary (codebook). Such a representation of the images is efficient for retrieving very la
rge image databases but spatial organization of the characteristics are lost. For pattern spotting in document images, this spatial organization is crucial, especially the spatial organization of colors in medieval illuminated manuscripts.
In this thesis, we wish to deeper explore the adaptation of the technique to the detection of patterns in document images such as medieval manuscripts. Our goal is to exploit color descriptors and the search for a sparse representation of visual word lexicon as well as integrating some mechanisms that enable to describe the spatial organization of the colors. The flexibility of the pattern spotting approach should eventually allow to generalize these works to the spotting of more complex objects like scenes in medieval manuscripts for instance.

About the LITIS Lab: The LITIS (Computer Science, information processing and systems) laboratory is the research unit in Communication and Information Sciences and Technologies of the Upper Normandy Region. Our lab gathers researchers from the three main Higher Education institutions of the region: Rouen University, Le Havre University and the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) of Rouen. The laboratory has 160 members, half of which are PhD students. The LITIS research topics cover a wide spectrum of Communication and Information Sciences and Technologies, from fundamental researches to applications, in particular to life sciences and humanities.

Candidate Profile: The PhD candidate should hold a Master of Science, in the field of computer science or computer engineering, with a major in signal and image processing. He/she should also have sound knowledge in pattern recognition (feature extraction, learning, and classification). Experience with document image analysis is an advantage.

If you are interested in applying for the position, please send a resume, a letter explaining why you are interested, transcripts of the candidate’s Master degrees, and the contacts of two references to:,, Deadline: June 15th, 2013
Location : LITIS EA 4108, Université de Rouen, Technopole du Madrillet, 76821 Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, FRANCE
Advisoring : L. Heutte (Professeur), S. Nicolas (Maître de Conférences), C. Petitjean (Maître de Conférences)
Funding: The Upper Normandy Region offers a 3-year studentship of 1374,69 € per month (net income).

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One PostDoc and two PhD-students at Passau University

I am searching for a postdoctoral and two pre-doctoral research and teaching fellows to join the newly established Digital Humanities team in the beautiful city of Passau (Bavaria, Germany). I am offering a three-years full-time contract (with possible renewal, six years max.) for the postdoc and one-year 50% contracts (with possible renewal, three yers max.) for the PhdD-students. These positions offer the possibility to conduct your own research on fundamental methodology of DH. German is not a requirement for international candidates. You are welcome to apply and also to teach in English and contribute to Passau University’s growing international programme.

Have at look at the job postings for more detail: ( and and get in touch with me if you have any questions. Deadline for applications: 20 May (postdoc) and 27 May (predoc).

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Vacancy: Research Developer, Digital Resource for Palaeography (DigiPal)

Research Developer: Digital Resource and Database for Palaeography, Manuscripts and Diplomatic (DigiPal) Full-time contract for immediate start until 30 June 2014 Closing date: 10/6/2012

The Department of Digital Humanities (DDH), King’s College London is looking for a highly motivated and technically sophisticated individual to work as a developer on the research project “Digital Resource and Database of Palaeography, Manuscripts and Diplomatic” (DigiPal: The position will involve designing and developing computer tools and methods to facilitate digital scholarship in the study of medieval and ancient handwriting and documents.

The successful candidate for this position will have wide experience in modelling structured data and developing tools to search, query, retrieve and display them using relational databases and related technologies; in designing, writing and modifying programs which facilitate content creation; and collaborating in the development of integrated interfaces for web publication.

Experience in creating and manipulating structured data with a range of RDB-related and web-delivery standards and technologies (SQL, Django/Python, Javascript/JQuery) is essential. Familiarity with ontologies, text processing techniques and standards-compliant XHTML and CSS is highly desirable, as is experience in the modelling of humanities data, especially that relating to manuscripts and documents.

In addition you will need to have an understanding of how research is conducted in the humanities and social sciences and you will be expected to make a contribution to the departmental research profile. The successful candidate will need to be able to work effectively as part of a team, as well as independently. The successful candidate should have good communication skills and the ability to document their work in clear written English.

The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications, within the Grade 6 scale, currently £31,020 to £37,012 per annum, plus £2,323 per annum London Allowance.

Further information
For an informal discussion of the post please contact Dr Peter Stokes on +44(0)20 7848 2813, or via email at

Further details and application packs are available on the College’s website at . All correspondence should clearly state the job title and reference number R6/AAV/478/12-JM.

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Position Opening: Assistant Professor in Digital Arts and Humanities, Trinity College Dublin

[Posted on behalf of Susan Schreibman]

Post Specification
Post Title: Assistant Professor in Digital Arts and Humanities Post Status: Three year contract
Department/Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Salary: This appointment will be made on the Department of Education and Skills Lecturer Scale in line with current Government pay policy.

Closing Date: 12 noon on Friday, 11th May, 2012

Post Summary

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences seeks applications for an Assistant Professor in Digital Arts and Humanities. Applicants will have a PhD, a research profile in Digital Humanities and relevant teaching experience. While the responsibilities of the post will include participation in Faculty level programmes, the successful applicant will be located in one of the Schools within the Faculty. This location will be a function of their prior experience and substantive interests.

The successful applicant will have a proven track record in applying visualization techniques and technologies in one or more of the following areas: virtual worlds, temporal and/or spatial analysis, HCI, or visualizing large data sets.

We are seeking an individual with vision and enthusiasm and a genuine commitment to the central roles of teaching and research. Candidates should have an established record of research and show clear potential for future research accomplishment. They should also show an appreciation for other research activities represented in the School to which they are appointed.

Trinity College Dublin acknowledges the financial support of UBM in making this appointment.
Informal enquiries may be made to the Head of the School of Histories and Humanities: Professor Brian McGing (

Background to the Post

Digital Arts and Humanities is one of Trinity College’s priority research areas. This appointment seeks to deepen and expand existing expertise within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The College has recently introduced an MPhil. in Digital Humanities and Culture and a PhD programme in Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH).

* The new academic title of Assistant Professor, previously known as Lecturer, as approved by University Council (15 June 2011) and Board (29 June 2011)

Please visit our jobs website for a full job specification and to apply online via e-Recruitment.

Digital Humanities Job at Washington University in Saint Louis

Mark Steinberg Weil Early Career Fellowship in Digital Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis.The Humanities Digital Workshop at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications for /a three-year early-career fellowship in digital humanities/, to begin July 1, 2012. We seek scholars with expertise in any of a broad range of humanities topics and methods — quantitative history, network analysis, topic-modeling, statistical approaches to book history, lexicography, computer-assisted stylistics, text-processing, or human-computer interaction.The fellow’s research program should employ analysis of digitized texts or data to extend or contest current understandings of literary, political, social, or cultural history. Candidates must have completed their doctorates after 2008, and must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. before July 1, 2012.

The Weil fellowship was established to foster the professional development of gifted scholars and the further enrichment of the university’s vigorous research environment. The HDW fellow is expected to pursue her or his own research, but will also join the research team of one or more of the projects currently supported by the HDW; the Fellow is expected to participate in the intellectual life of the HDW as well as of other units relevant to the Fellow’s research interests. Teaching responsibilities include a course each Fall and Spring semester, as well as supervision of a small number of students.Some courses may be centered in the Fellow’s substantive discipline; others may straddle disciplines, but with a methodological focus in digital scholarship. Fellows are expected to be in residence during the entire fellowship period, apart from research-related travel. Fellows will receive a salary of $60,000 per year, plus Washington University postdoctoral benefits; and a $5,000 annual research/travel stipend.

Applicants should submit a CV, graduate school transcript, two letters of recommendation, a description of the proposed research project, a brief account of the applicant’s involvement in digital humanities, and a proposal for a seminar (introductory or advanced) in digital humanities. Submit all application materials electronically
to the HDW Fellowship Search Committee, c/o .Inquiries may be directed to Joseph Loewenstein or Douglas Knox .*Applications must be received by March 1, 2012*.Washington University in St. Louis is an AA/EO employer, and strongly encourages applications from women, ethnic minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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