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Translation and Transliteration of Contact Information initial report open to public comment

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:54:59 +0000

For the last year I’ve been co-chairing an ICANN working group on Translation and Transliteration of Contact Information, an issue which will arise once the current ASCII-based Whois directory of domain name contacts is replaced by a system allowing domain name holders to input data in their own languages and scripts. Yesterday was the big […]

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The UCL Laptop Orchestra (UCLOrk)

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:16:14 +0000

At the UCL DigiFest 2014 (ucldigifest.org), the Music Systems Engineering Research Team led by Dr Nicolas Gold (UCL Computer Science/UCLDH) ran a 1.5hr session for people interested in digital music.  Participants learned about building digital instruments using the Pure Data programming language, explored the sonic possibilities of synthesised sounds, and then came together as a […]

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Doctorates at UCLDH

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UCL Centre for Digital Humanities facilitates the work of students currently carrying out PhD or EngD research, both from the UK and abroad.

PhDs at UCL are normally designed to extend over three years full-time or five years part-time study (unlike, say, North American PhDs there are no taught components prior to writing a thesis). Further information about pursuing a PhD at UCL, and what it generally entails, can be found in the UCL Graduate School Research Programmes pages. Most PhDs at UCLDH will, depending on their supervisor, be formally part of the Department of Information Studies (DIS), and UCL DIS provides further information about Research Degrees. Those interested in more technical areas should also look at the UCL Engineering Doctorate (Virtual Environments Imaging and Visualisation) pages, where funded EngD places will be advertised.

We recommend that before you make a formal application you discuss your potential research project with a member of staff at UCL. When you do so, please send a brief description of the topic that you would like to work on- of about a thousand words- and a copy of your CV. Please also copy this to the PhD student tutor of UCL Information Studies as they are responsible for all PhD student admissions in the department.

We are now receiving more enquiries from PhD students than we have places available. Therefore please be aware that admission is a competitive process, and be willing to take some time preparing your application, as a result. We make decisions about who to admit based on how well your proposed topic fits with UCLDH research and your academic track record. If accepted you will be matched with the members of staff whose interests most closely relate to your research topic: we cannot guarantee that you will be able to work with specific named individuals.

Funding for PhDs is limited and competitive, and potential students are expected to pursue all avenues themselves in attracting funding. The Graduate School provides further information about fees, costs and funding, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) website lists their current postgraduate funding opportunities.

UCL is a partner in the London Arts and Humanities Partnership, an AHRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership offering studentships. Please see the LAHP website for further information and details on how to apply.

UCL is also a partner in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA), which offers studentships to those interested in pursuing a PhD in heritage science.

Doctoral Students linked to UCLDH

  • Mateusz Dykiert explores 'ways to support the musical exploration of synthesisers' timbral and parameter spaces'. Supervisors: Nicolas Gold [first].
  • Antonio García Castañeda works on the 'automatic reconstruction of fragmented frescoes and other cultural artefacts'. Supervisors: Tim Weyrich [first].
  • Greta Franzini is creating a digital edition of the oldest surviving manuscript of S. Augustine's De Civitate Dei and in so doing examining best practice in the field of electronic editing . Supervisors: Melissa Terras [first] and  Simon Mahony [second].
  • John Hindmarch works on '3D scanning of science museum collections'. Supervisors: Melissa Terras [first] and Stuart Robson [second].
  • Robin Hunt looks at the 'mediation of two acts of terror: the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 and the attack on the World Trade Centre of September 11, 2001'. His thesis considers the relationship of media production and issues of trust. Supervisors: Claire Warwick [first] and Alison Shell [second] from the UCL Department of English Language and Literature.
  • Christina Kamposiori works on 'personal research collections: examining research practices and user needs in art historical research'. Supervisors: Claire Warwick [first] and Simon Mahony [second].
  • Kazim Pal works on 'scanning work of the Grand Parchment' with the London Metropolitan Archives. Supervisors: Tim Weyrich [first] and Melissa Terras [second].
  • Helen O' Neill works on analysing reader records of the London Library Melissa Terras [first] and Anne Welsh [second].
  • Ananda Rutherford works on Using and developing digital interfaces to examine the interconnectedness of museum objects Melissa Terras [first] and Haidy Geismar [second].
  • Kinda Dahlan works on Information Practices Across The Academic And Non-academic Fields of Oceanography Melissa Terras [first] and Jon French [second].
  • Vasileios Routsis works on 'information technology and social control mechanisms: The evolution of the concept of privacy'. Supervisors: Claire Warwick [first] and Simon Mahony [second].

Affiliated Doctoral Students

Affiliated PhD Students are those whose first supervisor is not from within UCLDH, but whose secondary supervisor is linked to the Centre.

Completed PhDs