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Employing Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Cultural Institutions

This workshop will be held online and hosted by Loughborough University and Dublin City University on 7th July 2021, from 12:00 to 17:30 GMT.

Title: “Employing Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Cultural Institutions: How can these and other methods be leveraged to help organise, search, and understand digital collections?”


The number of guests able to attend the workshop will be limited. If you would like to apply for a space at the workshop, please fill in the AEOLIAN Workshop 1 Application Form and send your completed form via email to: Early-career professionals and academics, as well as post-graduate students and non-affiliated researchers, are encouraged to apply. You will be contacted to confirm whether your application has been successful or not. Please note that all applications must be received by 18th June 2021.

Draft Programme for Workshop One: Download Draft Programme

12:00 – 12:10: Welcome from Dr Lise Jaillant (Loughborough University) and Dr Annalina Caputo (Dublin City University). 

12:10 – 13.30: Panel 1. Chair: Dr Maria Castrillo (Imperial War Museums)

  • Dr Giles Bergel (University of Oxford / National Library of Scotland) [20 mins]
  • Einion Gruffudd (National Library of Wales) [20 mins]
  • John Stack (Science Museum Group) [20 mins]
  • Q&A

13:30 – 14:30: Lunch Break (1 hour)

14:30– 15:10: Panel 2. Chair: TBC

  • María R. Estorino (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries) [10 min + Q&A]
  • John McQuaid (Frick Collection), XY Han (Cornell University) and Vardan Papyan (University of Toronto) [10 min + Q&A]

15:10 – 15:30: Interactive Session

This session is designed to generate casual discussion, share research interests, and get to know other members of the network. Attendees will have the option to attend one of 4 breakout rooms:

Room 1: Digital Management in Cultural Organisations

Room 2: Machine Learning and AI Projects

Room 3: Working Across Disciplines

Room 4: Developing International Projects

15:30 – 16:00: Comfort Break (30 min)

16:00 – 17:00: Keynote Speaker: Thomas Padilla, Director of Information Systems and Technology Strategy at the Center for Research Libraries (followed by 10–15 mins Q&A).

17:00  17:30: Wrap-up Roundtable discussion with the AEOLIAN Project Team: Dr Lise JaillantDr Annalina CaputoGlen Worthey (University of Illinois), Prof. Claire Warwick (Durham University), Prof. J. Stephen Downie (University of Illinois), Dr Paul Gooding (Glasgow University), Ryan Dubnicek (University of Illinois). Chair: Dr Katherine Aske (Loughborough University).  Followed by audience questions.

Time Conversions (US)

(GMT-5) East Coast: 7:00–12:30 (break 8:30–9:30)

(GMT-6) Central: 6:00–11:30 (7:30–8:30)

(GMT-8) West Coast: 4:00­–9:30 (5:30–6:30)

July 7, 2021 7:00 am to 12:30 pm

online workshop

Event type: Workshop