VitaJanuary 15, 2016 version

“Polypi mentem obtine” – Erasmus

Summary ^

Dr. Maximilian Schich is an art historian using a multidisciplinary approach to understand the nature of culture by integrating qualitative inquiry and observation, with methods of computation, natural science, and information design. Recent high-impact work in Science and Nature introduces A Network Framework of Cultural History. Strong background in cultural graph data, antique reception, and architectural history.

Educational History ^

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU), Germany
Dr. phil. in Art History (May 2, 2007)
Dissertation on Reception and Visual Citation as Complex Networks (German: Rezeption und Tradierung als komplexes Netzwerk), Advisors: Horst Bredekamp and Arnold Nesselrath; magna cum laude (thesis) / summa cum laude (defense).

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU), Germany
Magister Artium in Art History, Classic Archaeology und General Psychology (February 20, 2001)
Thesis on Ground plans of Roman baths in Renaissance drawings (German: Thermengrundrisse auf Renaissancezeichnungen), Advisor: Hubertus Kohle; total: very good.

Employment History ^

The University of Texas at Dallas
Associate Professor, Arts and Technology & Head, Cultural Science Lab (since January 2013)
Founding member, Edith O’Donnell Institute for Art History
(since May 2014)
Multidisciplinary high-risk/high-gain research and teaching without a leash.

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH), Switzerland
Research Associate at the Chair of Sociology in particular Modeling and Simulation (April 2012 – November 2012)
Researching Complex Networks in Art History and Archaeology on invitation by Dirk Helbing.

Center for Complex Network Research, Northeastern University, Boston
DFG Visiting Research Scientist (April 2009 – March 2012)
Researching Complex Networks in Art History and Archaeology.
Visiting Associate Research Scientist (February 2008 – April 2008)
Investigating Temporal Irregularities in Art History on invitation by Albert-László Barabási.

Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max-Planck-Institute for Art History), Rome, Italy
Project leader (Co-PI) (January – October 2008)
Heading a project with Sybille Ebert-Schifferer and her team on Pictorial Construction in Annibale Carracci‘s and Caravaggio‘s Paintings. Using my Method Producing Scalable Image Matrices (PCT application with Max-Planck).

Projekt Dyabola / Verlag Biering & Brinkmann, Munich, Germany
Project Consultant / [“Database Pathologist”] (June 1997 – December 2007)
Aquiring extensive expertise with large-scale cultural graph data, enabling current research;
Negotiating project-partners, users, coders, and customers; workflow/content analysis; program/data model/UI solutions.

Dr. Pfanner GmbH / Restoration of the Munich Siegestor, Germany
Masonry works and documentary photography (September – October 1997)

Staatliche Antikensammlungen und Glyptothek Munich, Germany
Research Assistant (exhibitions, database planning/production, November 1996 – October 1998 | July 2000)

Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte Munich, Germany
Research Assistant (exhibition and database concept/prototyping, November 1996 – December 1998)

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU), Germany
Research Assistant, Institut für Klassische Archäologie (slide jockey, May 1996 – July 1997)

Visiting Research ^

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU), Germany
Visiting Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies CASLMU (June 25 – August 20, 2016)
Invited to engage in “scholarly exchange beyond national research discourses and established boundaries of disciplines”.

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH), Switzerland
Visiting Scientist, Professorship of Computational Social Science (June 16 – August 2015)
Researching Cultural Dynamics on invitation by Dirk Helbing.

External funding ^

DARPA, Data Stethoscope for the Brain Connectome ($270.000; Co-PI with Gagan Wig & Roger Malina (PIs), August 2015 – August 2016)

Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation, EODIAH Digital Art History Lab equipment grant
($183.500; co-applicant with Rick Brettell (PI), writing specification, September 2014)

Edith O’Donnell Institute for Art History (EODIAH), Institutional Endowment
($17.000.000, co-applicant with Rick Brettell (PI), adding to “art/science affinity” cited by donor, May 2014)

ATEC Fellowship #1, Personal Endowment ($250.000 from undisclosed donor, January 2013)

German Research Foundation (DFG), Research grant (ca. €122.500, April 2009 – March 2012)

Strategic Innovation Fund of the President of Max-Planck-Society, Special project grant (€59.000, January – October 2008)

Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max-Planck-Institute for Art History) Rome, Predoctoral grant (ca. €46.500, February 2002 – January 2004)

Professional recognitions ^

Edge.org 2014-2016, Invited member

Lincoln Center Global Exchange 2015, Founding member

Renaissance Weekend 2014/2015, Invited participant

DLD* 2012-2015, Invited participant

SciFoo2009/2013, Invited participant

The Best American Infographics 2015, Featured project

Kantar Information is Beautiful Award, Honorable Mention (Motion Infographic) (2015)

NSF/PopSci Vizzies Award, Top Ten (Science Visualization Video) (2015)

Int. Workshop on Challenges and Visions in the Social Sciences, ETH Zurich, Best Poster Award (CHF 1000, August 18–23, 2008)

Society of Architectural Historians SAH, Annual Meeting Fellowship of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation ($1000, April 23–27, 2008)

Professional memberships ^

Society for the Study of Cultural Evolution (The Evolution Institute), Founding member (2015 - ongoing)

Network Science Society, Member (2008 - ongoing)

Complex Systems Society, Member (2007/2008/2010)

College Art Association, Member (2012)

Society of Architectural Historians, Member (2008)

European Association of Archaeologists, Member (2007)

Committee service ^

Palgrave Communications (Palgrave Macmillan), Editorial Board member (2015 – ongoing)

International Journal for Digital Art History (LMU-Munich), Editorial Board member (2014 – ongoing)

Leonardo Journal (MIT Press), Editorial Advisor (2010 – ongoing)

ERC Starting Grant (European Research Council), Panel member Soc. Sci. & Hum., Cultures and Cultural Production (SH5) (2014)German Research Foundation (2015), Independent expert

The Getty Research Institute / Getty Provenance Index (2015), Independent expert

Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences PNAS (2014), Peer review

National Endowment for the Humanities NEH (2014), Peer review

Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica CONICYT, Chile (2014), Peer review

NWO Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Complexity Prog., Division Physical Sciences) (2010), Peer review

European Commission, Brussels (FP7, Future & Emerging Technologies FET) (2008), Independent expert

Conference service ^

Culture Analytics Beyond Text: Image, Music, Video, Interactivity and Performance
Organizing committee member
NSF IPAM at UCLA, Los Angeles/CA (March 21-24, 2016)

Arts, humanities, and Complex Networks – Leonardo satellite symposia at NetSci conferences
Organizing chair
AHCN 2015, World Trade Center, Zaragoza, Spain (June 2, 2015, 33% acceptance rate)
AHCN 2014, University of California, Berkeley/CA (June 3, 2014, 25% acceptance rate)
AHCN 2013, Technical University of Copenhagen (DTU), Denmark (June 4, 2013, 14.5% acceptance rate)
AHCN 2012, Northwestern University, Evanston/IL (June 19, 2012, 24% acceptance rate)
AHCN 2011, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary (June 7, 2011)
AHCN 2010, Northeastern University, Boston (May 10, 2010)

Global Digital Humanities – Annual international conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO)
Review college member
DH 2016, Kraków, Poland (July 12-16, 2016)
DH 2015, Sidney, Australia (June 29 – July 3, 2015)

CompleNet Workshops on Complex Networks
Program committee member
CompleNet 2016, Dijon, France (March/April, 2016)
CompleNet 2015, New York City/NY (March 25–27, 2015)
CompleNet 2014, Bologna, Italy (March 12–14, 2014)
CompleNet 2013, Berlin, Germany (March 13–15, 2013)
CompleNet 2012, Melbourne/FL (March 7–9, 2012)

ACM WebSci Visualization Challenge 2014
Panel judge, WebSci2014, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (June 23–26, 2014)

CAA Annual International Conferences on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology
Review college member
CAA 2016, Oslo, Norway (March 29-April 2, 2016)
CAA 2012, Southampton, UK (March 26–30, 2012)
CAA 2011, Beijing, China (April 12–16, 2011)

ACM CIKM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management
Program committee member
CIKM 2011, Glasgow, UK (October 24–28, 2011)
CIKM 2010, Toronto, Canada (October 26–30, 2011)

High Throughput Humanities satellite at European Conference on Complex Systems
Organizing committee member
HTH 2010, ISCTE Lisbon, Portugal (September 15, 2010)

UT Dallas service ^

UT Dallas administrative committees
Library Committee
(adivsing the Dean of Libraries, Fall 2015 - ongoing)
EODIAH Building Committee (Digital Art History Lab design, Fall 2014/Spring 2015)
A&H Executive Committee (advising the Dean of the School, Fall 2013 - ongoing)
EMAC Search Committee (PAG130311 & PAF130304) (Hiring Profs. O. Banner, R. Guadagno & A. Lee, Spring/Fall 2013)

UT Dallas program planning and development committees
MATH-ATEC Working Group (planning Math course for ATEC students, Fall 2013)
ATEC Curriculum Committee (planning general ATEC curriculum, Spring/Fall 2013)
STEAM TEAM Working Group (integrating Art into STEM education, Spring/Fall 2013)
CS-ATEC Working Group (Comuter Science requirements for ATEC students, Spring 2013)

Other UT Dallas service
Co-Initiator & Co-Host, The ATEC Watering Hole (a weekly academic discussion with external guests, Fall 2013 – ongoing)
Guest Lectures in ATEC and EMAC courses, Collegium V, UTD Engineering Week, National Merit Society, etc. (ongoing)
Panel moderator, RAW Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Symposium (2013/2014/2015)