Center for Humanities Computing (CHC) is a research and development (R&D) unit at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University consisting of project managers, researchers and engineers. CHC is organised in teams that are each responsible for a service:

  • Data Management
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computing Infrastructure
  • Web Development
  • Project Management

What we do

Foundational and applied research

CHC is home to many dedicated researchers from a wide range of academic backgrounds. Drawing on our diverse interdisciplinary perspectives, we engage in foundational enquiry into the fields of language technology, artificial intelligence, agent-based modelling, and cultural dynamics. In particular, our research investigates both the limits and possibilites of this technology and associated methods for modelling and exploring cultural heritage data. We therefore also participate actively in applied research projects with humanities scholars who wish to use computational methodologies to help make sense of their data. The goal of these research partnerships is to employ state-of-the-art technology alongside the domain expertise of our partners to create high-quality research outputs which explores complex cultural phenomena.

Research project support

In addition to our research portfolio, we offer a range of services designed to support research projects in computational and digital humanities. In these contexts, CHC is not engaged as an active research partner in your project but instead aims to facilitate your research by providing a range of ready-made and custom solutions to your needs. An non-exhaustive list of such services includes: data acquisition and management; database construction and storage systems for sensitive data; access to a high-performance computing infrastucture; project management support; exploratory data analysis; and simple web applications.

Computational infrastructure

Making use of state-of-the-art technology often requires access to state-of-the-art hardware which is often beyond the reach of most researchers. To solve this problem, we provide computational infrastructure for research. In collaboration with the eScience Center at SDU and CLAAUDIA at AAU, we develop and maintain apps for the High-Performance Computing (HPC) platform UCloud. This fully integrated HPC platform allows user to both store and share data within projects, while simulataneously having access to data analysis apps which run fully in the cloud.
Supported by the Danish e-Science Infrastructure Committee (DeiC), UCloud is intended as an alternative to cloud providers like AWS and Azure. Crucially, though, UCloud is fully GDPR compliant, thereby allowing users to use the platform for storing handling sensitive data. Furthermore, access to compute resources on UCloud is significantly cheaper for reasearchers than the commercial providers. UCloud therefore lowers the technical and financial barriers to secure and cutting-edge interactive high-performance computing. Visit the AU Interactive HPC website for more about the infrastructure and UCloud platform.

Research liaison

We serve as a pivotal research liaison at Aarhus University, specifically in relation to the overlapping and interconnected domains of humanities research and technology. Our role encompasses active participation in committees and boards at all levels of organization within the university, representing the interests and needs of researchers. As a research liaison, CHC is tasked with the critical responsibility of advocating for and ensuring the implementation of technological solutions that are precisely tailored to meet the specific requirements of researchers in the humanities.

How can we help you?

We offer services either in the form of consultancy or as partnerships. You are always welcome to submit a request to our support platform describing your project and the help you need.

Based on your request, a relevant expert from our team may contact you to arrange an initial meeting to scope your project. We will then assess whether support can be offered inside the scope of our financing from the Faculty of Arts, in which case our services are provided at no extra cost to you.

For larger projects, you will be required to provide external funding, with specific funding requirements determined on a case-by-case basis.

In specific instances, we offer full partnership making the research project a joint venture between your group and CHC.

Services and Support

Contact us by submitting a ticket with the CHC frontoffice

Center for Humanities Computing
Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University
Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4
Building 1483, 4th Floor
8000 Aarhus C