Welcome to DISA-DH Winter seminar February 16th

February 13th, 2018

Welcome to the DISA-DH Winter Seminar. This is an opportunity for our researcher to present results/research-oriented parts that focuses on ongoing/completed research activities in the Digital Humanities field. As a participant you get to listen to the ongoing work and maybe even find potential collaborations.

  • When? Friday 16 Feb, 2018 at 8.30–15.30
  • Where? Lammhultsrummet in the F-building at the Linnaues University
  • Sign up by e-mailing Mikko Laitinen


9.00–9.30 Morning coffee

9.30–9.45 Opening (Mikko Laitinen)

9.45–10.15 Koraljka GolubAutomatic indexing on DIVA

10.15–10.45 Pernilla SeversonThe politics of women: Digital archives in journalism history

10.45–11.15 Daniel Sundberg & Johan Nilsson Papa Revisited: A Corpus-Stylistic Perspective on Hemingway’s Authorship

11.15–11.45 Aris Alissandrakis Using Virtual & Augmented Reality in the Digital Humanities

11.45–12.00 Alexander Lakaw The effects of sentiment on agreement with collective nouns

12.00–13.00 Self-funded lunch

13.00–14.00 A guest lecture by Professor Pelle Snickars, Umeå University KBLab and DH environments in Sweden (preliminary title)

14.00–14.15 Coffee

14.15–15.30 Discussion and next steps



Smarter Worksharing

February 12th, 2018

An article titled “Smarter Worksharing” that highlights our research at Linnaeus University appeared in HiPEAC INFO 53 (page 31). This issue of HiPEAC INFO was dedicated to machine learning and AI research in Europe. Sabri Pllana, Linnaeus University, explains how his team is using machine learning for optimal worksharing on heterogeneous computing systems.

HiPEAC is the European Network on High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation. HiPEAC INFO is quarterly published news by HiPEAC.

Further reading suggestions:

Suejb Memeti and Sabri Pllana. ‘A machine learning approach for accelerating DNA sequence analysis’. International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications, published online on June 26, 2016


Inbjudan Forskningsseminarium 2/2: Äldre stängs ute i det digitala samhället

January 25th, 2018

400 000 äldre i Sverige saknar idag helt någon form av apparat att koppla upp sig digitalt med. Ny forskningvisar att det inte bara är en övergående generationsfråga.

Regeringen satsar på digitalisering som ska lösa utmaningarna med en åldrande befolkning. Samtidigt visar forskning att var femte äldre stängs ute i det digitala samhället.
– Det beror bl.a. på faktorer som äldres ekonomi och att teknik och kunskap bör uppdateras regelbundet, vilket vi tenderar att få allt svårare att klara av, säger Dino Viscovi, forskare och lektor i medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap, Linnéuniversitetet.

Tid: Fredag 2 Februari klockan 10.00-11.30 (Vi bjuder på fika från 9.30)
Plats: eHälsoinstitutet Varvsholmen, Kalmar (Adress Bredbandet 1)

Anmäl dig genom att skicka ett mejl till ehalsoinstitutet@lnu.se

Forskningsseminariet kommer också att sändas via länken https://play.lnu.se/media/t/1_4676d1q6

Det här är andra delen i vår serie forskningsseminarier eHälsa som eHälsoinstitutet och DISA eHealth bjuder in till våren 2018.


Seminar in Statistics “Estimating deformation of polar ice”

December 7th, 2017

The department of statistics would like to invite you to the Seminar in Statistics that will be held at their department on December 12th. The presentation under title “Estimating deformation of polar ice” will be given by Professor Aila Särkkä from Chalmers University of Technology. Seminar starts at 14:00 in room K2084V. No sign-up is required.



Analysis of deep polar ice cores has become an important tool for deriving climate information from the past. Interpretation of ice core records requires an accurate dating of the ice. The recent dating relies on models where the key element is the simulation of the individual history of ice deformation for each specific core site. We present a two-stage method for the estimation of the deformation history in polar ice using the measured anisotropy of air inclusions from deep ice cores. First, we fit ellipsoids to the pattern of point-to-point distance vectors to estimate the direction of anisotropy. Then, we estimate the scale of anisotropy by identifying the back-transformation resulting in the most isotropic pattern. Finally, the method is applied to estimate the compression in polar ice air bubble patterns.

For more information please contact: Jolanta Pielaszkiewicz, jolanta.pielaszkiewicz@lnu.se

Digital Humanities Seminar: Open Data in the Age of Big Data Capitalism – Arwid Lund

December 5th, 2017

Arwid Lund, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Cultural Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Linnaeus University will give a talk within the emerging field of Digital Humanities (DH) that is a part of the DH Seminar series hosted by the Digital Humanities Initiative at the Linnaeus University.

  • Date: 6 December 2017
  • Time: 13:00-14:00
  • Location: K1040, Building K, Växjö

Abstract: Open Data in the Age of Big Data Capitalism, Arwid Lund

The digital world has transformed the conditions for discussing freedom within liberalism. Private property more obviously clashes with the freedom of speech (the public sphere), when the costs of mediated and reproduced art, journalism, information and literature nears zero and the exchange of these takes fluid forms, similar to social communication. The concept of “open”, similar but still opposite to “free”, has taken on an accentuated ideological importance in this context, but so have also alternative visions of intellectual commons. This article contains a case study of Open Knowledge Network’s perspective on openness’ relation to private property and capitalism in the informational field. It does so first through an analysis of the network’s understanding of the copyleft principle, and second through an analysis of the organisation’s view on open business models. A theoretical reading of classical political perspectives on the concept of freedom supports the analysis. One result is the identification of a central ideological lacuna in absent discussions of unconditionally opened-up resources that strengthen the accumulation cycle of capital. This logic favours the negative freedom of closed business models in the competition with open ones that could foster more positive notions of freedom, although open business models are generally advocated and commons are mentioned as desirable. In a dominant ideological formation, openness is used to promote its opposite in the economic field. Read the rest of this entry »

HiPEAC Computing Systems Week 2017

November 3rd, 2017

Stuttgart (DE) hosted the HiPEAC Computing Systems Week from Oct 25 to Oct 27, 2017. Considering that in Stuttgart are located large automotive companies, such as Bosch, Daimler, and Porsche, and about 1500 SMEs, the focus of this event was on mobility. Mobility is of crucial interest for computing community in Europe. We had two representatives there from DISA Sabri Pllana, from Computer Science at Linnaeus University and Henrik Jansson, logistics from Södra.

According to Sandro D’Elia, Programme Officer in the Technologies and Systems for Digitising Industry Unit of the EC DG CONNECT, in 2022 an average car will comprise electronic components worth € 6000. The trend towards cooperative and autonomic mobility poses many Big Data challenges that we need to address in the upcoming period. Therefore, five European projects (CHIPSET, Mobility4EU, SISSDEN, OPTIMUM, BalticSatApps) and a large Swedish company (Södra) met in Stuttgart to discuss about “Big Data in Mobility and Transport.” Presentations of participants highlighted various complementary aspects including, computer science methods and infrastructures for Big Data, visions for future of mobility in Europe, security aspects, and multi-modal vehicle routing optimization.

During discussion the participants discovered areas for future cooperation, and future dialogue between participants (such as, AIT and Södra) was planned. Sabri and Henrik are grateful to HiPEAC for providing an excellent meeting infrastructure and we are looking forward to here more about future cooperation.

Emerging Information Field, iSchools Organisation, and Potential for Linnaeus University

November 2nd, 2017

Michael Seadle, Executive Director of iSchools and the Dean of Faculty of Arts at Humboldt University and Sam Oh, iCaucus Chair-elect and the Head of School of Library & Information Science and Data Science Department at Sungkyunkwan University will be talking about the emerging information field, organisation of iSchools and the potential it has for Linnaeus University and the region.

The core idea is to establish iSchool (information School) at Linnaeus University. An iSchool refers to university-level research and education in the information field (iField) which relies on interdisciplinary approaches to enrich and facilitate generation, transfer and curation of data, information, and knowledge by the widespread use of technology in order to maximize the potential of humans.

The iSchools Organization today involves over 70 prestigious universities from around the world such as: University of California, Berkeley; University College London; University of California, Los Angeles; Cornell University; Carnegie Mellon University; University of British Columbia; University of Hong Kong; Humboldt University of Berlin, to mention a few of those ranked among the top 50 universities in the world. The University of Washington was one of the first iSchools that was instrumental in developing the iSchools movement into what it is today.

More about the iSchools organization can be found at http://ischools.org and related project at Linnaeus University at https://lnu.se/en/research/searchresearch/forskningsprojekt/linnaeus-university-as-a-unique-ischool/

/Tamara Laketic

National conference on Big Data and more

October 30th, 2017

We would like to recommend you to go to the SSF – Vinnova third joint conference on Software for Competitiveness: Big Data and Other Frontiers held on November 14th in Stockholm.

Key note speakers

  • Inger Danilda, Quadruple Learning AB,
  • Irene Ek, Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis,
  • Seif Haridi, KTH & RISE SICS

This is also a great opportunity to meet and hear all about SSF and Vinnova projects within the area.

For more information and registration see the conference website.



Invitation and sign up for the 3rd Big Data Conference at Linnaeus University

October 26th, 2017

Welcome to our 3rd annual Big Data Conference at Linnaeus University.

The conference this year’s host for the conference is Linnaeus University Centre for Data Intensive Sciences and Applications (DISA). We have invited researchers from our own Centre to present some of the work that has taken place within DISA this past year and Keynote and invited talks from other universities and partners.

When? Friday December 1st 2017 9.30-16.15

Where? Linnaeus University, Building: N, Room: IKEA, Växjö

During the day longer talks with an academic focus will be mixed with poster mingles during meals. We invite everyone that has an interest in Big Data and data intensive applications so please spread the invitation and information about the conference in your networks. Students are welcome to attend too. The presentations during the conference will be held in English.

The conference is free of charge, but if you register and don’t show up you will be charged a fee that covers food etc.

You can now register for the conference by clicking on the registration link below. Register here.

For program and more information see the conference website