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Tari Rorohiko

Computing and Mathematical Sciences

Recent Seminars

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Collaboration opportunities with Imersia

Roy Davies and Michael Rinck
Imersia Ltd, Auckland
Friday 13 February 2015
Dr. Davies will give a 30 minute presentation on the challenges and opportunities Imersia faces right now. Afterwards he would like to explore collaboration avenues with researchers from Waikato, especially from the fields of:
  • Artificial Intelligence: Reinforcement Learning and Natural Language Processing,
  • Cloud Computing: Security and Scalability,
  • Mobile Recommender Systems, and
  • Mobile Augmented Reality.
Possible examples are:
  • Student Projects (as in Comp314),
  • Student Internships (both undergrad and post-grad level), and
  • Grad Student Projects (specifically Ph.D. level, funding is an option).
Collaboration on higher levels is a goal for the long term, such as joint applications for the MBIE smart ideas fund.

 

Unlocking the Secrets of 4.5 Billion Pages: An HathiTrust Research Center Update

J. Stephen Downie
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Tuesday 20 January 2015
This seminar provides an update on the recent developments and activities of the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC). The HTRC is the research arm of the HathiTrust, an online repository dedicated to the provision of access to a comprehensive body of published works for scholarship and education.

The HathiTrust is a partnership of over 100 major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. Membership is open to institutions worldwide.

Over 12.5 million volumes (4.5 billion pages) have been ingested into the HathiTrust digital archive from sources including Google Books, member university libraries, the Internet Archive, and numerous private collections. The HTRC is dedicated to facilitating scholarship using this enormous corpus through enabling access to the corpus, developing research tools, fostering research projects and communities, and providing additional resources such as enhanced metadata and indices that will assist scholars to more easily exploit the HathiTrust corpus.

This lecture will outline the mission, goals and structure of the HTRC. It will also provide an overview of recent work being conducted on a range of projects, partnerships and initiatives. Projects include Workset Creation for Scholarly Analysis project (WCSA, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) and the HathiTrust + Bookworm project (HT+BW, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities). HTRC’s involvement with the NOVEL text mining project and the Single Interface for Music Score Searching and Analysis (SIMSSA) project, both funded by the SSHRC Partnership Grant programme, will be introduced. The HTRC’s new feature extraction and Data Capsule initiatives, part of its ongoing work its ongoing efforts to enable the non-consumptive analyses of copyrighted materials will also be discussed. The talk will conclude with a brief discussion of the ways in which scholars can work with and through the HTRC.

 

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