Advisory Board: Loretta Auvil, Sarah Cunningham, Tanya Clement, Steve Evans, Jennifer Guiliano, Loriene Roy, and Tim Powell

Staff, Faculty, and Consultants

Tanya Clement [PI] is an Assistant Professor at the iSchool at UT. She has worked with I3 staff on grants to develop machine learning analysis and visualizations for humanities scholarship, including ProseVis, a visualization tool for analyzing prosody in text. She has written extensively on this work. She will be the primary organizer and convener of each event and the board; she will consult and liaison with the participating collections and the participants during the interim year; and she will be primarily responsible for the online space, the final white paper, and the final recommendations.

Loretta Auvil [Co-PI] is a Senior Project Coordinator at I3. She has worked with a diverse set of applications to integrate machine learning and visualization techniques to solve the needs of research partners and led software development and research projects for many years. Auvil will manage the UIUC portion of the project, coordinating the labs, directing the work of the I3 team, coordinating interim-year consultations and writing the final white paper and recommendations.

David Tcheng [Co-PI] is a Research Programmer at I3. Tcheng will direct pre-processing on the audio files for use in ARLO, including setting up ARLO for applying classification and clustering techniques. He will develop and run the labs for Side-A, implement interim-year development in ARLO, and help write the final white paper and recommendations.

Tony Borries is a Research Programmer working as a consultant with I3. His responsibilities include Java and Python development for ARLO,
web development for ARLO, and the creation of the ARLO data API.

David Enstrom is a Biologist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; he is a consultant on the project.

Principal faculty and lecturers:

Sarah Cunningham is a lecturer at the iSchool where she teaches introductory and advanced classes in audio preservation and reformatting. Cunningham is also the Audiovisual Archivist at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library, a division of the National Archives. As an advocate for the field, Sarah serves on the Oral History in the Digital Age board and has helped research the field for the National Recordings Preservation Board’s project The State of Recorded Sound Preservation in the United States. She will discuss these projects and the LBJ sound collections.

J. Stephen Downie is a Professor and Associate Dean of Research at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Downie will discuss Music Information Retrieval generally, the SALAMI Project, and the development of NEMA.

Brenda S. Gunn is the Associate Director and Janey Slaughter Briscoe Archivist at the Briscoe Center of American History, at the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Gunn leads the archives, library, public service, digital projects, and preservation activities of the Briscoe Center as well as major projects funded from federal, state, and private grants. She will discuss digital project development and the Briscoe sound collections.

Steve Evans is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Maine and the Acting Director of the National Poetry Foundation. He is the creator and primary editor of the web site “Poetry is the Lipstick of Noise.” The site comments on and contributes to PennSound and other sources of digital audio files of poetry. He will discuss his extensive teachings and writings on phonotextuality as well as his own research on sound files in the PennSound collection.

Al Filreis is the Kelly Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, the Director of PennSound, and publisher of Jacket2. He will discuss the creation and management of PennSound as well as his (and many others’) scholarship with sound files.

Timothy Powell is a faculty member in the Religious Studies Department at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of Native American Projects at the American Philosophical Society. He has directed three NEH grants in partnership with Ojibwe tribal and community colleges in northern Minnesota. He will discuss these audio collections and his work with scholarly and tribal communities.

Rob Turknett is the Media, Arts and Humanities Coordinator for the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). He is also a founder and current board president of the Austin Museum of Digital Art. He has received an NEH grant for developing a general purpose interface for large scale displays that uses the computer language Processing in order to visualize large amounts of humanities materials. He will work with Clement to develop and teach the visualizations session including introducing the ProseVis tool.

Loriene Roy is a Professor in the iSchool. She is Anishinabe, enrolled on the White Earth Reservation, and a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. She was elected as the 2007-2008 President of the American Library Association and the 1997-1998 President of the American Indian Library Association. She will discuss how these organizations have approached TCE (traditional cultural expressions) and the impact these conversations have on incorporating sound recordings from tribal communities into HiPSTAS. She will work to include tribal communities in this Institute.

Project consultants
Jennifer Guiliano received a Bachelors of Arts in English and History from Miami University (2000), a Masters of Arts in History from Miami University (2002), and a Masters of Arts (2004) in American History from the University of Illinois before completing her Ph.D. in History at the University of Illinois (2010). She currently is an Assistant Director at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland and a Center Affiliate of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. More information on Jennifer is available at:

Daniel Carter has an MA in English Literature from The Ohio State University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Information Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. His current work focuses on design in the humanities. He’s online at

Parker Fishel has a BA in English Literature from Columbia University and, at present, is a graduate student at the School of Information, University of Texas, Austin with an interest in the preservation of recorded sound collections. He has worked at radio station WKCR-FM and at BlueWall Media. He is also the producer of a forthcoming series of archival blues recordings on Third Man Records.


Website designed by Daniel Carter.


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