Please join us Monday, December 2, in the seminar room at CESTA (Bldg. 160, 4th Floor, Rm. 433A) from 12:00 – 1:00 pm for a CESTA Seminar. Lunch will be served.
Dr. Katie McDonough will speak on Living with Machines, a collaborative, data-driven research project that quantifies how mechanization changed life during the long nineteenth century (1780-1918). By analyzing the UK’s growing number of digitized historical texts and documents, the project explores the fraught coexistence between humans and machines that continues today with AI and robotics.
A collaboration between The Alan Turing Institute, the British Library, and the Universities of Cambridge, East Anglia, Exeter, and London, Living with Machines uses innovative computational tools and methods to create a new paradigm for how we use data to make sense of our shared past.
Dr. Katie McDonough is a Senior Research Associate at The Alan Turing Institute. She completed her Ph.D. in History at Stanford in 2013 on the politics of highway construction in eighteenth century France. She has also taught at Bates College, held a postdoctoral research position in the Digital Humanities Research Group at Western Sydney University, and, while serving as the Academic Technology Specialist in the History Department at Stanford, was a founding member of the Early Modern Mobility project.