Edinburgh Futures Institute’s Chancellor’s Fellow, Dr Chiara Bonacchi, is one of thirty exceptional researchers announced as winners of the 2022 Philip Leverhulme Prize. Chiara is EFI Chancellor’s Fellow in Heritage, Text and Data Mining and is Senior Lecturer in Heritage with the School of History, Classics and Archaeology (HCA).
Given in recognition of outstanding researcher work – which has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising – each winner receives £100,000 which can be used over two or three years to advance their research.
Chiara is one of the Chancellor’s Fellows recruited by EFI in strategic themes, supporting the next generation of academic research and innovative leaders in interdisciplinary thinking and data sciences.
Text and data mining (TDM) are becoming increasingly important for the study of the human past, involving methods at the intersection of digital humanities, AI, and database systems. In the era of Big Data, extracting knowledge from large datasets through statistics and machine learning is opening completely new avenues for innovative research, teaching and knowledge exchange.
Chiara’s research agenda focuses on the intersections between the politics of the past and digital heritage, drawing on big data. It expands the research and teaching offer within EFI and HCA and helps to develop interdisciplinary links with other parts of the University, as well as key industry and public sector partners.
‘I am currently working to help establish heritage as both a theory-rich and data-rich area of research and teaching at EFI and HCA, through the proposal of a new and interdisciplinary PG Programme at EFI, a new research lab on Heritage, Politics, Influence and additional projects and publications.’
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