Stephanie Dick (Harvard), “Benchmarks and Bodies: The ‘Lena’ Image in Compression Studies”

[Standard image of Lena (here compressed from *.tiff to *.jpg) from the University of Southern California, Signal and Image Processing Institute database, for use in compression studies. The original image was created at SIPI in the spring of 1973, and is among the images they host for use by the community.] This presentation explores the … More Stephanie Dick (Harvard), “Benchmarks and Bodies: The ‘Lena’ Image in Compression Studies”

Evan Hepler-Smith (Harvard), “Transition States: Compressing Molecules across Time and Media”

Systematic chemical nomenclature is an exercise in compression. Two-dimensional molecular diagrams are the “iconic vernacular” of chemistry (writes chemist-essayist Roald Hoffmann). Rules for systematic naming and notation are a mechanism for compressing *lots and lots* of two-dimensional molecular diagrams into one-dimensional strings. Unlike the diagrams, these strings can be efficiently written, ordered, and located in very, very long lists. … More Evan Hepler-Smith (Harvard), “Transition States: Compressing Molecules across Time and Media”

Jared McCormick (Harvard), “It’s All in the Blues: Watermarks, Recirculation, and Tracking”

This presentation emerges from a larger Digital Humanities interface, A View from the View, which explores views of place, landscape, and tourism through postcards of the Middle East. … More Jared McCormick (Harvard), “It’s All in the Blues: Watermarks, Recirculation, and Tracking”

Peter McMurray (Harvard), “Vox ex nihilo? Epic Traces and Aluminum Orality”

Oral poetry is often described as a form of “intangible cultural heritage,” a tradition that leaves few if any archival traces. In 1933, Milman Parry, a scholar of Homeric poetry interested in epic composition, began a massive project documenting oral epic poetry in the former Yugoslavia as a potential comparative model for the Iliad and the Odyssey. That documentation process demanded a variety of media forms … More Peter McMurray (Harvard), “Vox ex nihilo? Epic Traces and Aluminum Orality”