Supervision Teams

Experts at five world-leading universities

10 PhD projects will be supported by supervision teams across 5 world-leading universities: University College Cork, University of Helsinki, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Universität des Saarlandes and University of Sheffield.

University College Cork 

The supervisory team at University College Cork will consist of Dr James O’Sullivan and Dr Órla Murphy, both from the School of English & Digital Humanities, and Dr Rosane Minghim from the School of Computer Science & Information Technology.

James O’Sullivan

James O’Sullivan has a track record in cultural analytics, specialising in text. He has published several significant papers on the use of stylometry in the study of literature. He is currently the Irish lead investigator for C21 Editions, exploring born-digital and machine-assisted approaches to scholarly editing. O’Sulivan is also the chair and lead investigator for CASCADE.

Órla Murphy

Órla Murphy is an expert in digital approaches to cultural heritage and textual production in contemporary culture. She is National Coordinator of the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities, National Representative and vice chair on the Scientific Committee of CoST-EU; Co-operation in Science and Technology, and National Representative of the Social Science and Humanities Strategy Working Group of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures.

Rosane Minghim

Rosane Minghim is an expert in human-centric Machine Learning and AI.

University of Helsinki

The supervisory team at the University of Helsinki will consist of Professor Mikko Tolonen in the Department of Digital Humanities and Professor Eetu Mäkelä in Human Sciences-Computing Interaction.

Mikko Tolonen

Mikko Tolonen is a historian specialising in intellectual history, the history of ideas, and conceptual change.

Eetu Mäkelä

Eetu Mäkelä is a computer scientist specialising in Machine Learning, linked data, information retrieval and algorithm development in the domain of digital humanities (specifically, large corpora).

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

The supervisory team at KU Leuven will consist of Professor Dirk Speelman and Professor Dirk Geeraerts, both from the research group Quantitative Lexicology and Variationist Linguistics (QLVL).

Dirk Speelman

Dirk Speelman is Professor of Corpus Linguistics and Quantitative Linguistic Methodology. His main research interest lies in the fields of corpus linguistics, computational lexicology and variational linguistics in general. Much of his work focuses on methodology and on the application of statistical and other quantitative methods to the study of language.

Dirk Geeraerts

Dirk Geeraerts is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and founder of the research unit Quantitative Lexicology and Variationist Linguistics. His main research interests involve the overlapping fields of lexical semantics and lexicology, with a specific descriptive interest in social variation, a strong methodological commitment to corpus analysis, and a theoretical background in Cognitive Linguistics.

Universität des Saarlandes

The supervisory team at the Universität des Saarlandes will consist of PD Dr. Stefania Degaetano-Ortlieb from the Department of Language Science and Technology.

Stefania Degaetano-Ortlieb

Stefania Degaetano-Ortlieb is an Assistant Professor/Lecturer in  English Linguistics and Corpus linguistics and an expert on text mining and data analytics for research questions from sociolinguistics, register/language variation as well as change in language use. She is Principal Investigator of the project Information Density in English Scientific Writing: A Diachronic Perspective in the Information Density and Linguistic Encoding collaborative research centre

University of Sheffield

The supervisory team at the University of Sheffield will consist of Dr. Seth Mehl from the Digital Humanities Institute and Professor Susan Fitzmaurice from the School of English, supported by Michael Pidd at the Digital Humanities Institute.

Seth Mehl

Seth Mehl is Lecturer in Digital Humanities, and formerly researcher on Linguistic DNA, with expertise in semantics, historical linguistics, and corpus linguistics. His projects have included Corpus-Directed Discourse Analysis of discourses around plastic packaging; and semi-automated corpus semantic analysis of lexicographical sub-senses with the Oxford English Dictionary.

Susan Fitzmaurice

Susan Fitzmaurice is Chair of English Language and an expert on the history of the English language, combining methodological perspectives provided by historical pragmatics and historical sociolinguistics with computational linguistics and digital technologies. She was the lead investigator of the large, multi-institutional project, Linguistic DNA: Modelling concepts and semantic change in English 1500–1800.

Michael Pidd

Michael Pidd is Director of the Digital Humanities Institute, providing expertise in information retrieval and digital humanities as well as 30 years’ experience in management and delivery of multi-institutional technology projects in the arts and humanities. He was co-lead of Linguistic DNA and he is currently the UK lead investigator of C21 Editions, exploring born-digital and machine-assisted approaches to scholarly editing.