Vlad Atanasiu is software developer, paleographer, and artist, with background in handwriting biometrics, image processing, information visualization, geographical information systems, art history, linguistics, middle eastern studies, project management, as well as creative writing, and visual arts.

 

curriculum and skills

¶   Vita   ||   Curriculm vitae and publications   ¶   Education   ||   Ph.D. candidate in computer science, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 2012–   ||   PostDoc Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA, 2003–2005   ||   Ph.D. Art History and History, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, France, 2003   ||   M.A. Linguistics, University of Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France, 1995   ||   B.A. Middle Eastern Studies, University of Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France, 1993   ||   Admission, Telecommunications Engineering, “Traian Vuia” Polytechnic University, Timisoara, Romania   ||   Baccalaureate in Mathematics & Physics, “Nikolaus Lenau” High School of German language, Timisoara, Romania   ¶   Computer science skill areas   ||   image processing · visualization · handwriting and document analysis · geographical information systems · text analysis · statistics · data quality · data fusion · human visual perception · user interfaces · evaluation · robotics · web front- and back-end   ¶   Humanities skill areas   ||   paleography · book history · science and technology studies · typography · art history · history · linguistics · middle eastern studies   ¶   Languages   ||   Artifical: Matlab · Java · Python · JavaScript · D3 · Processing · XML · HTML · CSS · PHP · MySQL · Unix shell · Basic · MOS 6510 assembler   ||   Natural: Spoken/Written: Arabic (classical · Egyptian & Syrian dialects), English · French · German · Persian · Romanian   |   Notions: Hebrew · Italian · Japanese · Turkish; Ancient Near Eastern & Semitic languages and scripts (e.g., Akkadian · Egyptian · Pre-Islamic Arabic · South Arabic)   ¶   Design skills   ||   typography · graphic design · fonts · calligraphy   ¶   Other   ||   project management · teaching · editing · creative writing

 

software

¶   Matlab   ||   Non-parametric ranking and rating functions  ·  Kernel smoothing density estimate for circular data  ·  Frequency Domain Image Auto Filtering  ·  Local shape outline orientation descriptor  ·  Alphonse:Rex - Handwriting and Print Expertise  ·  Matlab colormaps as seen by color-blind users   ¶   Rex   ||   Browser for written document retrieval   ¶   Hierax   ||   Software for the legibility enhancement of papyri   ¶   AD751   ||   Software for measuring the densities of laid lines in papers   ¶   BlueNile   ||   FFT image filtering software   ¶   Kabikadj   ||   Database software for cataloguing manuscripts

 

studies

¶   Writing history and expertise   ||   Expert Bytes: Computer Expertise in Forensic Documents – Players, Needs, Resources, and Pitfalls | Addenda   ||   The calligraphic phenomenon in Mamluk times (Egypt, Syria, 13th–16th centuries)   ||   Of Letter Frequencies and Their Influence on Arabic Calligraphy   ||   Cuckoos among Your Data: A Quality Control Method to Retrieve Mislabeled Writer Identities from Handwriting Datasets   ||   futility subverted. The instrumentalization of calligraphy in Middle Eastern politics   ||   Paleographers and Computer Scientists   ||   Allographic biometrics and behavior synthesis | Les allographes comme mesure biométrique et la synthèse du comportement   ||   Subjective realities of a 10th century paleographer   ||   Inimitable handwriting. Graphical specificities of the Qur’ân   ¶   Paper and ink   ||   Retroinking. Finding the direction of writing from the intensity of ink   ||   Assessing paper origin and quality through large-scale laid lines density measurements | Image analysis and its application to the history of paper. Large-scale measurement of laid lines densities   ¶   Art History   ||   Give me your gaze, I will offer you Immortality. Apologue for a sociology of the gaze   ||   A Devil in the Gaze. Depicting social non-conformism in the Maqâmât al-Harîrî   ||   A Japanese Gaze. Using space to represent time and meaning in Japanese animation   ||   Book Reviews   ¶   Cultural studies   ||   5170 steps until God. Muslim traditions concerning the Tower of Babel and the confusion of languages   ¶   Linguistics   ||   Lexical Families in the “Lisân al-‘arab” & Semantic Unity of <gh**> roots | The sounds of meaning – after “Maqâyîs al-lugha”, a dictionary by Ibn Fâris   ¶   Geography   ||   Avatars in Real Life: Placename homonymy in Iran   ||   7385 Swabian bulls and 2 Viennese mermaids: Interpreting the Bernstein cartography of papers and watermarks   ||   Beautiful Japan: Visualizing subjective landscape perceptions   ||   The Score of Death: Plague Epidemics in Europe 1347–1600

 

projects

¶   Geographical Information Systems   ||   Waqwaq. Services for mapping cultural geographies   ¶   Cultural Heritage   ||   Manuscript Heritage. Digital cataloguing and reproduction of manuscripts collections. Iranian manuscripts series ; Extra resources

 

fiction

Leonardo da Vinci visits the MIT Nuclear Plant during IAP’04  ·  Dragon sets volcano ablaze, extinguished by MIT RainLab  ·  Language obsolete! Brain space for rent. ...

fresh Sushi News

 

À Constantinople, où les étoiles / ont le goût de vanille, / dans le Palais du Topkapi / les Marsupilamis / font la chasse à l’Okapi.

Ultra Kurze Werke

 

Windows XP installed on an Internet café machine pays $10.000 to swap place on a single user computer. Contact IP 193.170.85.68 anytime. ...

Software migration

 

C’était un beau garçon. Il avait fait la guerre pour le Turc en 1874 contre les Persans et, de retour en Algérie, il affectait de porter à leur manière le turban, en laissant dépasser quelques mèches blondes. ...

Si Sadeq

 

A boa / Comes out of the subway station... / Comes out of the subway station... / Comes out of the subway station... / Comes out of the subway station... /(Subway station next to Saint Germain church, Paris)

Geolocated Poetry

 

S’il y a beaucoup de mots que la langue arabe a prêté aux langues d’Europe, peu sont ceux qui lui ont été restitués. Il serait très étonnant de savoir que ceci s’est passé aussi avec les nobles litières dans lesquelles s’entassent les mots en voyage - les lettres elles-mêmes. ...

Virgules d’Orient

 

Chaque jour, avant sa tournée dans les galléries de la bibliothèque, et en vue de cette expédition, Richelieu avait pris l’habitude d’aller s’aiguiser les griffes sur un des pieds d’une certaine chaise de la grande salle des Imprimés...

La chaise de Richelieu

 

Locul îi de mult, / timpul-i de acum, / iar ei din nou au pornit, / prin mahalalei labirint, / ce îi scoate la liman, / limanul Alepului, / poarta Ierusalemului...

Blue Divan

 

 

art

¶   Photography     Through my Eyes   ¶   Computer Art     Synesthesia   ||   Delia  Aftereffects   ¶   Visual identity     HIAA   ||     Moneta   ||     Blaise   ¶   Websites     Bernstein   ||   Delia  Delia   ¶   Calligraphy     Arabic   ¶   Fonts     Sol   ¶   Covers     New Yorker   ¶   Objects     Impossible Books   ||     Kumagoro Box