PhD in Bookbinding Description

The Ligatus research centre in the University of Arts London has just advertised a PhD position on machine learning applied to the history of bookbinding. I have no direct information about this, although I do know the people involved and can say that they are doing a lot of very interesting things. The description as I've received it is as follows:

Ligatus, a research centre of the University of the Arts London, in collaboration with Oxford University are inviting applications for a PhD research project in the subject of machine learning in bookbinding history.

Ligatus is the leading centre in the study of bookbinding history with a strong interest in documentation methods. Recent projects include a survey of 4,000 books (including photographs) from the medieval library of the Monastery of St. Catherine in Sinai, Egypt and a thesaurus of bookbinding concepts (Language of Bindings Thesaurus) which can be used for classifying content. This PhD project will look at image recognition and the automatic extraction of bookbinding features from photographs of books.

The ideal candidate will have a computer science degree with relevant projects and a strong interest in cultural heritage or a relevant humanities degree with proven knowledge of machine learning and image analysis techniques.

For more information please contact Dr Athanasios Velios ( Funding for this position may be available if applications are received by the deadline of the 30th of November.

If you're interested then please contact them directly for further details.


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