Bath Spa University’s Creative Computing Centre

From a recent _Humanist_:

> Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:52:01 +0000
> Subject: digital humanities at Bath Spa
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> Recently I visited a small liberal arts university to the west of London, Bath Spa (http://www.bathspa.ac.uk), and was so impressed with what I found there that I invited my host, Professor Andrew Hugill, to write a brief description of his activities in digital humanities there. He sent the following.
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>> Professor Andrew Hugill was appointed in April 2013 with a mission to develop the university’s digital portfolio. Hugill is a transdisciplinary academic, a composer who works in Music and Computer Science, as well as some of the wilder shores of French literature. He has a track record of creating cross-disciplinary entities, having established the Institute Of Creative Technologies at De Montfort University, which generated £7 million in external income under his direction.
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>> In 2014, Hugill established the university-wide Centre for Creative Computing (CCC) at Bath Spa University, based at Corsham Court. This has already secured significant funding from NESTA (£125,000 for predictive analysis for museums) and an undisclosed industry partner, who is funding a postdoctoral research fellow. Working with his colleague Professor Hongji Yang, a software engineer, and Dr Jerry Fishenden, a new media researcher and developer, Hugill has established a network of 30 academics from all areas of the university, who are working on a range of projects. These include digital heritage, artistic creation, software development, and some secret projects, all of which aim to increase understanding of creative computing.
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>> The CCC has already attracted 10 PhD students (all except one self-funding) and edits the International Journal of Creative Computing (Interscience). It has a programme of seminars and visiting lectures. Recent speakers include Prof Jim Hendler (lead scientist of the semantic web) and Prof Willard McCarty (Professor of Humanities Computing). It also runs a Masters course and in 2015 is launching an undergraduate programme that includes specialist pathways in Animation, Gaming and Software Development alongside a major/minor combination with a range of subjects from all the university Schools.
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>> One of the challenges for Bath Spa University is to integrate computing more effectively into its teaching and research. To this end, the School of Humanities and Cultural Industries has been examining Digital Humanities as an area for development. There is a significant opportunity to embed digital humanities thinking and practices across a range of subject areas, from Music, Visual and Performing Arts to Creative Writing, Literature and History. The CCC is committed to trying to achieve a thoroughly developed digital humanities throughout the university.
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> Even if only by implication the term “creative computing” gives to digital
humanities a push in the direction of synthesis to complement its long-
standing analytic emphasis. This is happening via efforts in simulation,
but as the turn to simulation develops the experience and wisdom of
practitioners in the arts will, I’d think, be of great benefit. The discovery
of a new teacher is a cause for celebration.

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