Friday 3rd August at 16:30, in room NG16, Senate House, Malet Street,
Melissa Terras (University College London)
‘Can computers ever read ancient texts?’
Researchers in the Centre of the Study of Ancient Documents, and the
Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford (and now UCL
SLAIS), have been attempting to build a system to aid historians in
reading damaged and deteriorated texts, specifically those from
Vindolanda. But to what extent can computers ever hope to “read”
ancient texts, and how can computers aid (not replace) historians in
propagating readings from hard to read documentary material?
The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.