Dr Ségolène Tarte

Senior Researcher

01865 610615

Dr. Ségolène Tarte is a multi-disciplinary scholar with a background in Maths (MSc; Grenoble, F) and Image Processing (PhD; Bern, CH); and a general interest in creative, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary research.

Combining her scientific background with her interest in the Humanities and the Social Sciences, she draws her research methodologies from Sociology, Philosophy, Art History, the Computer Sciences, and the Cognitive Sciences.

She has collaborated in the past with:

  • Orthopaedic  and trauma surgeons, oncologists, medical physicists (on subjects pertaining to: computer assisted surgery and radiotherapy)
  • Classicists, mediaevalists, and assyryologists (on subjects pertaining to: papyrology, palaeography, and cuneiform studies)
  • Computer scientists
  • Dancers, choreographers, visual artists, and musicians

At the University of Oxford's e-Research Centre since Jan 2008, she has worked in close collaboration with Classicists and Oriental studies scholars, investigating how imaging technologies and ICT can support the reading of ancient documents.

In 2012, she received a 1 year Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) early-career fellowship to work on the sense-making and rationale building aspects of the act of interpretation of ancient documents.

She is a senior researcher in the on-going  Social Machines project.

She also is principal investigator on a neuroscience and palaeography project [Cognitive Underpinnings of Reading Handwritten Scripts: Investigating Variations for Applications in Digital Palaeography (CURHSIVA- DP) -- John Fell Fund award Michaelmas 2015]

She is concomitantly pursuing her interests in the study of the cognitive processes involved in the act of interpretation of textual artefacts, as well as engaging in dance and choreographic exploratory practices.

She is also involved in the following multi-disciplinary networks: 


Research blog:  http://charades.hypotheses.org/ 
Dance/choreography blog:  http://dancingconvolutions.blogspot.co.uk/
Academia:  http://oxford.academia.edu/SegoleneTarte
Google cite page:  http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=ryNL3i8AAAAJ

Read a Q&A with Dr Tarte.


S. M. Tarte. Of features and models: A reflexive account of interdisciplinarity across image processing, papyrology, and trauma surgery (chapter 6). In G. Bodard and M. Romanello, editors, Digital Classics Outside the Echo CHamber: Teaching, Knowledge Exchange & Public Engagement., Knowledge Unlatched. Ubiquity Press, London, 2016. [ Book DOI: 10.5334/bat ]

D. Murray-Rust, S. Tarte, M. Hartswood, and O. Green. On wayfaring in social machines. In WWW ’15: Companion Publication of the 24th International World Wide Web Conference. ACM, 2015. [DOI: 10.1145/2740908.2743971]

S. Tarte, P. Willcox, H. Glaser, and D. De Roure. Archetypal narratives in social machines: Approaching sociality through prosopography. In WebSci ’15: ACM Web Science Conference, 2015. [ WebSci15 proceedings ISBN: 978-1-4503-3672-7]

T. Hassner, R. Sablatnig, D. Stutzmann, and S. Tarte. Digital Palaeography: New Machines and Old Texts (Dagstuhl Seminar 14302). Dagstuhl Reports, 4(7):112–134, 2014 [ DOI: 10.4230/DagRep.4.7.112 ]

S. M. Tarte,   Interpreting Textual Artefacts: Cognitive Insights into Expert Practices.  In: Proceedings of the Digital Humanities Congress 2012 , Sheffield, 2014.  HRI Online Publications [  http://www.hrionline.ac.uk/openbook/chapter/dhc2012-tarte ]

S. M. Tarte, D. De Roure, and P. Willcox. Working out the plot: the role of stories in social machines. In E. Simperl, N. Contractor, J. Hendler, and N. Shadbolt, editors, WWW ’14: Companion Publication of the 23rd International World Wide Web Conference, pages 909–914. IW3C2, ACM, 2014.[ DOI: 10.1145/2567948.2578839 ]

S. M. Tarte. The digital existence of words and pictures: The case of the Artemidorus papyrus . Historia, 61(3):325–336 (+bibliog. pp 357–61; fig. pp 363–5), July 2012. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/fsv/histori/2012/00000061/00000003 ]

 S. M. Tarte, J. M. Brady, A. K. Bowman, and M. Terras. “Case Study: Developing Image Capture and Processing Techniques to Enhance the Legibility of Incised Texts” chap . Image Processing in the Digital Humanities. In: Digital Humanities in Practice , Warwick, C., Terras, M., and Nyhan, J. (Eds.);  2012, Facet Publishing.

S.M. Tarte, J. M. Brady, A. K. Bowman, and M. Terras. Image Capture and Processing for Enhancing the Legibility of Incised Texts . In Commentationes Humanarum Litterarum, volume 129, pages 173–88. Societas Scientiarum Fennica, Helsinki, 2011. [ ISBN:978-951-653-386-8  ]

S.M. Tarte. Digitizing the act of papyrological interpretation: negotiating spurious exactitude and genuine uncertainty . Lit Linguist Computing, 26(3):349–58, 2011. [ DOI:  10.1093/llc/fqr015  ]

S.M. Tarte. Papyrological Investigations: Transferring Perception and Interpretation into the Digital World . Lit Linguist Computing, 26(2):233–47, 2011. [ DOI:  10.1093/llc/fqr010 ]

S.Hughes, J. McClelland, S. Tarte, D. Lawrence, S. Ahmad, D. Hawkes, and D. Landau. Assessment of two novel ventilatory surrogates for use in the delivery of gated/tracked radiotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer. Radiother Oncol, 91(3):336–341, 6 2009. [ DOI:  10.1016/j.radonc.2009.03.016  ]

H. Roued Olsen, Tarte, S. M., M. Terras, J. M. Brady, and A. K. Bowman. Towards an Interpretation Support System for Reading Ancient Documents. In Digital Humanities Conference 2009, pages 237–39, Maryland, 2009. MITH. [ Full proceedings as a pdf ]

S.M. Tarte, D. C. H. Wallom, P. Hu, K. Tang, and T. Ma. An image processing portal and web- service for the study of ancient documents. In Proceedings of the Fifth IEEE International Conference on e-Science, 2009.  [ DOI: 10.1109/e-Science.2009.10  ]

G. Gao, S. Tarte, A. King, Y. Ma, P. Chinchapatnam, T. Schaeffter, R. Razavi, D. Hawkes, D. Hill, and K. Rhode. Validation of the use of photogrammetry to register pre-procedure MR images to intra- procedure patient position for image-guided cardiac catheterization procedures. In M. I. Miga and K. R. Cleary, editors, SPIE, volume 6918, page 69181Q. SPIE, 2008. [ DOI:  10.1117/12.770113  ]

M. Citak, M. Gardner, D. Kendoff, S. Tarte, C. Krettek, L.-P. Nolte, and T. Hüfner. Virtual 3D planning of acetabular fracture reduction. J Orthop Res, 26(4):547–52, Apr 2008. [ DOI:  10.1002/jor.20517  ]

Book review:

Rehbein, Malte, Patrick Sahle, and Torsten Schaßan, eds. 2009. Kodikologie und Paläographie im digitalen Zeitalter, Codicology and Palaeography in the Digital Age. Norderstedt: BoD. xxiv+349 pages. Digital Medievalist, 6, 2010. here ]


(available as pdfs  here )

S.M. Tarte.  On Cognition and the Digital in the Study of Ancient Textual Artefacts. Digital Classicist Seminar series. June 2014 . (video of the talk) [peer-reviewd seminar]

S.M. Tarte.  Cognition and the Digital:Embodied Digital Interactions in the Study of Ancient Textual Artefacts. Cognitive Futures in the Humanties conference , Durham . April 2014. [peer-reviewed talk]  

S.M. Tarte.  Working with Ancient Textual Artefacts: On Cognition and the Digital. Texts and Cultural Constructions Seminar, University of Birmingham. November 2013 [invited seminar]

S.M. Tarte. Minding the Body?Embodying the mind? Across Academia and dance practice. Ancient Dance in Modern Dancers Colloquium, University of Oxford, October 2013 [invited talk]

S.M. Tarte. Digitization and Materiality. In The Materiality of Text conference, Durham University, September 2012.  [peer-reviewed]

S.M. Tarte. Cognitive Insights in Interpretation Building: Tailoring Software to Expert Practices. In Digital Humanities Congress University of Sheffield, September 2012.  [peer-reviewed]

S.M. Tarte Le fond et la forme dans l’étude d’artéfacts textuels: numérisation et interprétation, matérialité et textualité. In: Séminaire Éditions savantes et humanités numériques: Visualiser les textes, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris, France, March 2012.   [invited]

S.M. Tarte. Interpreting Ancient Documents: Of Avatars, Uncertainty and Knowldege Creation. In ESF exploratory Workshop on Digital Palaeography, Würzburg, Germany, July 2011.   [invited]

S. M. Tarte. The interplay of visual perception and cognition in digital papyrology: Visualization for interpretation, visualization as interpretation. In A. Carusi, A. S. Hoel, T. Webmoor, and S. Woolgar, editors, Proc. of the 1st Visualization in the Age of Computerization conference, pages 20–21. Said Business School, University of Oxford, March 2011  [peer-reviewed]

S.M. Tarte. Digitising the act of papyrological interpretation: negotiating spurious exactitude and genuine uncertainty. In Digital Humanities Conference 2010, pages 251–53. KCL, London, UK, July 2010 [nominated for the 1st DH Fortier Prize].  [peer-reviewed]

S.M. Tarte. Is expertise an asset or a hindrance? or how research ‘facilitators’ need to gauge their chameleon-like abilities. In JISC 10 conference, Bridging the Gap Workshop, London, UK, April 2010.   [invited]

S.M. Tarte. Image capture and processing for enhancing the legibility of incised texts. In Eikonopoiia symposium, Helsinki, Finland, October 2010.  [peer-reviewed]

S.M. Tarte. From signal to meaning: digitally facilitating perception and interpretation(s) of ancient texts. In e-Research on Texts and Images colloquium, British Academy, London, UK, May 2010.  [invited]

S.M. Tarte. E-Science and Ancient Documents. An example of what e-Science can do for papyrologists. In KCL’s MA Digital Culture & Technology, Core Course, (Week 16 part 2), January 2010.  [invited]

S.M. Tarte. An approach to digitisation: How to digitally facilitate perception and interpretation(s) of ancient incised texts. In Greek Manuscripts Digitisation Project Workshop, British Library, London, UK, May 2010.  [invited]

S.M. Tarte. A puzzling letter form, or how ways-of-seeing and ways-of-looking differ. In Object, Artefact, Script workshop, eSI, Edinburgh, UK, October 2009. [invited]

S.M. Tarte, M. Brady, H. R. Olsen, M. Terras, and A. Bowman. Image acquisition and analysis to enhance the legibility of ancient texts. In e-Science All Hands Meeting, Dec 2008. [peer-reviewed]