Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at the FAU

Digital methods are becoming more established in humanities and social sciences while computer science is increasingly addressing research in cultural heritage and social sciences.

IZdigital combines these trends in an interdisciplinary centre. The Bachelor’s degree programme Digital Humanities and Social Sciences was established as part of IZdigital. A Master’s degree programme that builds on the Bachelor’s degree programme is now also available.

Over ten subjects work together in the Centre and contribute to its degree programmes, representing a very broad definition of digital humanities in terms of language and text, images and media, society and space. Research projects and events are regularly organised on the network’s initiative.



News and events

FAU Guest Professor Dr. Rachel Warnock on paleontology, study and research in times of corona Many people think of paleontology as field research, digging for fossils and Jurassic Park. A large part of the research is computer-aided. One paleontologist who does most of her research on computers is ...

FAU Computer Center receives 7 million euros in DFG funding for high performance computing FAU's Regional Computer Center Erlangen (Ger. Regionales Rechenzentrum Erlangen, RRZE) is further expanding its leading position in high performance computing: The German Research Foundation (Ger. Deutsche Fo...

This work exploits style transfer in combination with transfer learning to recognize characters in art historical images. Our approach focuses on recognizing two central characters in the “Annunciation of the Lord” scene from Art history, Mary and Gabriel across varied art-works from different artists, times and styles. 

To the best of our knowledge, it is the first paper that synthesizes realistic Western cursive handwriting by mimicking the actual temporal writing process. Our method works nearly fully automatic, e.g. no manual cutting out of characters, and is able to render full lines instead of glyphs/words as in other works.

FAU has been researching artificial intelligence for more than 40 years, always in close connection with medical technology. Now the AI health node has been established in Erlangen. FAU President Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger reported on this in a BR2 interview on May 25. "AI will change medicine very...

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