Frederic Kaplan

Digital humanities researcher
Frederic Kaplan seeks to digitize vast archives of historical information to make maps that move — through time.

Why you should listen

Frederic Kaplan is the Digital Humanities Chair at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the EPFL's Digital Humanities Lab Director. Kaplan leads the lab in applying computation to humanities research. His latest project is the Venice Time Machine, a collaborative work archiving 80 kilometers of books from throughout 1000 years of Venetician history. The goal of the time machine is to create an information system which can be searched and mapped. Think of it as a Google Maps for time.

Kaplan holds a PhD in artificial intelligence from the University Paris VI. He lives in Switzerland.

Frederic Kaplan’s TED talks

Frederic Kaplan on the TED Blog