Speakers (14.11.2023)

Lars Bülow is Full Professor of German Linguistics at the University of Munich (Institute of German Philology) and currently a research fellow at the University of Milan. He was previously Full Professor of German Linguistics at the University of Vienna (Department of German Studies). His research and research interests range from variationist sociolinguistics, dialectology, and theories of language change to pragmatics, media and text linguistics, and philosophy of language. Lars Bülow finished his habilitation (“Inter- und intra-individuelle Variation im Wandel der bairischen Dialekte Österreichs”) 2020 at the University of Salzburg. His doctoral thesis at the University of Passau (“Sprachdynamik im Lichte der Evolutionstheorie – Für ein integratives Sprachwandelmodell”) considers variation and change in morphology. In 2015, Lars Bülow was visiting scholar at the University of Groningen (NL) and Cambridge (UK).

Katie Ireland is the Interim Head of the DigiLab for the Department of Research and Computational Data Management in the UGA Libraries. She recently received her Ph.D. in Linguistics and uses computational tools like R and python in her work and digital scholarship. She coordinates the activities and outreach of the DigiLab, working with faculty and students of all levels across the University.

Jessica Kissinger is a distinguished professor of Genetics and former director of the Institute of Bioinformatics at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the evolution of parasite genomes, in particular, the genomes of organisms that cause malaria, toxoplasmosis and cryptosporidiosis. Her research area has necessitated the development of new computational tools to address issues of data integration and data mining in addition to traditional wet laboratory experimentation. She built the computational infrastructure to support the NIAID Malaria Host-Pathogen Interaction Center - MaHPIC and DARPA projects focused on host resilience to malaria. She is a founder and member of the leadership team for the NIAID Bioinformatics Resource Center, VEuPathDB.org, a family of databases which integrate large multi-omic and population data sets for the eukaryotic pathogen research community. It currently contains 3,069 datasets which cover 749 organisms. The resource has ~29,000 registered users and has average of ~90,000 (non-robot) accessions/month.

Bill Kretzschmar is Harry and Jane Willson Professor in Humanities at the University of Georgia. He also has an appointment at the University of Oulu (Finland). He edited the American Linguistic Atlas Project for 34 years, the oldest national research project to survey how people speak differently across the country, which led to his preparation of American pronunciations for the online Oxford English Dictionary. He has been active in corpus linguistics, including work on tobacco industry documents. He has been influential in development of digital methods for analysis and presentation of language variation, including application of complexity science.

Shannon Quinn is an Associate Professor jointly appointed in the School of Computer Science and the Department of Cellular Biology at UGA. He and his research group develop new machine learning and computer vision methods for large-scale bioimage analysis of biological systems. They build models of spatiotemporal change within biological systems as a result of genetic, pathogenic, or toxic perturbation. They also work closely with open source communities, contributing whenever possible and following Open Science principles and practices for reproducible research.

Christian Riepl is th director of the Digital Humanities Center (IT-Gruppe Geisteswissenschaften) at LMU. He graduated from LMU Munich at the department of catholic theology in 1987 focusing on language and literature of the old testament and biblical oriental languages. From 1987 to 1992 he was a research assistant at the Institute for Assyriology and Hethithology, chair of Prof. Richter. He received a Ph.D. in theology from LMU in 1992 focusing on Old Hebrew linguistics and literature, biblical oriental languages and computer-based methods in analysing old language and literature. Since 1993 Christian Riepl has been working at LMU Munich in the Digital Humanities. His fields of interest are computer-based analysis of old languages as part of the “Biblia Hebraica transcripta” project, structuring and tagging of language corpora and interdisciplinary exploitation of structured data in humanities. Over the last 5 years one additional focus was the research data management in humanities.

Sarah Schimke is a professor of German Linguistics at LMU Munich. After completing a PhD on second language acquisition at Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands), she worked as a post-doctoral researcher, lecturer, junior professor, substitute and full professor at the Universities of Paris 8 (France) and Osnabrück, Münster, Bielefeld and Dortmund (Germany). Her research centers on first and second language acquisition and processing of morphosyntactic and discourse-related phenomena. At LMU Munich, she heads a psycholinguistic lab where reaction time and eye-tracking data are collected.

Beth Woods is the Director of the Department of Research and Computational Data Management (RCDM) in the UGA Libraries. She is responsible for leading the RCDM team and its service offerings, including the DigiLab. She works in close partnership with the Research Data Management Advisory Council (RDM-AC) and campus stakeholders including the Office of Research and EITS to strengthen and enhance the university’s support for research and innovation. Beth holds a Ph.D. in Learning, Design, and Technology.


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