DHdays Forum

Start-up Showcase

Learn more about the work of some exciting and innovative start-ups operating in digital humanities fields at this (schedule to be released):

A collaboration between RTS and DNA Studios. let the puppets created by Paul Klee tell you the story of their maker in this unique VR puppet theater designed only with Klee’s textures.

IMI is a consortium of academic, public and private partners which was created in January 2018 in an effort to stimulate innovation in the media sector, both through information technology and in relation to human and social sciences. Our aim is to initiate research and innovation projects with affiliated universities and in partnership with our media members, and to conduct activities to promote innovation by engaging with a wider community involving researchers, media professionals and investors.

The GameLab UNIL-EPFL was founded in 2016 as the “UNIL GameLab”. Today, this study group is based both at the Faculty of Arts (UNIL) and the College of Humanities (EPFL), creating a link between them around these digital artifacts. The group seeks to act as a centre of expertise in the promotion of academic approaches to games (via research and the organisation of conferences, workshops, public and training courses). Join us at DHdays for a hands-on experience with educational and heritage video games!

Known as “Metamedia Center” from 2010 to 2020, the CHC’s principal objectives are :

  • Digitize and preserve audiovisual collections and heritages of major importance in Switzerland or all across the world
  • Enrich and add value to such collections, organizing research and innovation projects with EPFL laboratories, start-ups, and partners

When digitized, the collections are turned into Research Infrastructures. They become a unique material in education and research, available as a playground to the students and to the innovation communities at EPFL and all around the world.

Image credit: Alain Herzog, 2018

At a time when fake news, click-bait and “infotainment” are the norm, finding objective, factual information online is increasingly difficult. When anyone can publish anything on the internet, ‘quality knowledge’ often gets lost in the mass of information. A simple Google search for “democracy,” for example, yields nearly 300 million results – many of which are inaccurate, incomplete or biased. At Wikimedia – the non-profit organization behind free knowledge projects like Wikipedia – we believe that information should be:

  • free and accessible,
  • collaborative,
  • accurate, and
  • objective.

Simply put, we want a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.

Le Centre NUCLEUS forme un pôle de compétences chargé de fédérer les membres de la Faculté actifs dans ou concernés par :

  • l’impact du numérique dans les domaines de recherche et d’enseignement de la Faculté ;
  • l’évolution des réflexions et des pratiques y relatives ;
  • les démarches exploratoires indispensables aux approches innovantes ;
  • le développement et la préservation des infrastructures matérielles et logicielles nécessaires à l’évolution des pratiques.

NUCLEUS fait résonner le NUmérique, les LEttres et ses USages, tout en insistant sur la fonction fédératrice du Centre (nucleus signifie ‘noyau’). 

Launched by the College of Humanities at EPFL and UNIL, with the support of the dhCenter UNIL-EPFL and Time Machine Europe, the Lausanne Time Machine Initiative aims to federate current, past and future research concerning Lausanne region around common standards and technologies. Lausanne Time Machine initiative aims to bring together Research Institutions, Heritage Institutions, the Municipality, stakeholders and citizens for promoting cultural heritage digital projects.

The Lausanne Time Machine is part of the international Time Machine project. Supported by the European community, this project currently involves nearly 500 institutions and includes other similar projects on a European scale –the Local Time Machines– coordinated in order to define a common roadmap for the coming years.

UNIL and EPFL DH Master Programs

Learn more about the two exciting digital humanities Master programs offered on campus in Lausanne, including: what you will learn, what types of interdisciplinary projects you will work on, and the growing range of careers you can pursue after graduation.

UNIL Master interfacultaire en humanités numériques (FR)
EPFL Master of Science in Digital Humanities