Frédéric Kaplan


Biography and current work


Prof Frederic Kaplan holds the Digital Humanities Chair at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and directs the EPFL Digital Humanities Laboratory (DHLAB). He conducts research projects combining archive digitisation, information modelling and museographic design. He is currently directing the "Venice Time Machine", an international project in collaboration with the Ca'Foscari University in Venice and the Venice State Archives, aiming to model the evolution and history of Venice over a 1000 year period. He is also conducting projects with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Bibliothèque Nationale Suisse, the Bodmer Foundation, the Musée de l'Elysée and participated to exhibitions in several museums including the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Frederic Kaplan graduated as an engineer of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Telecommunications in Paris and received a PhD degree in Artificial Intelligence from the University Paris VI. Before founding the Digital Humanities Laboratory, he worked ten years as a researcher at the Sony Computer Science Laboratory and six years at the EPFL pedagogical research laboratory. He was also the founder and president of OZWE, a company that designed and produced innovative interfaces, now one of the world leading studios in immersive gaming.

Frederic Kaplan published more than a hundred scientific papers, 8 books and about 10 patents. He is the chief editor of Frontiers in Digital Humanities and co-directs the Digital Humanities book collection at EPFL Press. He created the first Digital Humanities Master course in Switzerland and is now taking an active role for shaping a complete new curriculum at EPFL. He was the co-local organizer of the Digital Humanities 2014 conference in Lausanne, the largest scientific meeting ever conducted in this domain.

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Frédéric Kaplan

Tenure Track Assistant Professor

Fields of Expertise

  • Digital Humanities, Big Data, Models of language acquisition and evolution, Innovative Interfaces, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Developmental Systems, Intrinsic Motivation, Multi-agent system, Joint attention, Gesture Interaction