Python in Service of the Beautiful and Weird: Kyle Booten Teaches "Poetry and Technology: A Digital Verse Lab"

Screenshot: "STATE OF nature," a digital poem, uses agnet-based modeling and natural language processing to tell the story of the eve or twiligh tof a civilization. According to the non-deterministic algorithms, people have children, steal, kill, create and use simple tools, give gifts, and invent religions. Virus-like, these beliefs mutate over time as the civilization grows and language spreads.

This summer, Kyle Booten, Ph.D. candidate in Education with a designated emphasis in New Media, explored the fundamentals of Python programming through digital poetry with his undergraduate students. Meeting for six short weeks at the Berkeley Center for New Media, “Poetry and Technology: A Digital Verse Lab” students worked together in groups to produce works of digital poetry.

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Professor Marti Hearst Presents Keynote on Education and NLP at Association for Computational Linguistics Conference

Screenshot of Wordcraft game depicting a 5 word sentence game

Marti Hearst, Professor of Information and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, recently presented a keynote titled, “Can Natural Language Processing Become Natural Language Coaching?” at the annual meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics. Hosted in Beijing, this year’s conference attracted 950 attendees.

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Summer Dispatch: Yairamaren Román-Maldonado on Minimal Computing and the Digital Divide

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Yairamaren Román Maldonado, a graduate student in Spanish & Portuguese with a designated emphasis in New Media, attended the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria for the second year in a row, after taking “Electronic Literature in the Digital Humanities: Research and Practice” in 2014. This year, she attended two classes, “Digital Humanities with a Global Outlook” and “Advanced Criticism and Authoring of Electronic Literature”.

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Fall 2015 Digital Humanities Courses

We are pleased to announce the first set of courses supported by Digital Humanities at Berkeley New Course Component grants. These classes showcase the innovative ways that instructors have embedded digital humanities skills into disciplinary practices and offer students the opportunity to work with a variety of digital tools and methods. Instructors will be collaborating with campus partners, such as the Archaeological Resource Facility (ARF), the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT), and the Visual Resources Center (VRC).

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