Dr. Maximilian Schich

The University of Texas at Dallas

800 West Campbell Rd. AT10, 75080 Richardson, TX, USA
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Maximilian Schich is a multidisciplinary scientist and art historian, with post-doc experience in network science and computational social science, building on a 10-year track-record of knowledge-graph “database pathology”. The PhD pioneered network analysis in art research. High-impact work in Science and Nature introduces A Network Framework of Cultural History. The upcoming book titled Cultural Interaction outlines a systematic science of art and culture.

Educational History

Dr. phil., 2007-05-02, from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU), Germany, in Art History.

Thesis on “Reception and Visual Citation as Complex Networks” (German: “Rezeption und Tradierung als komplexes Netzwerk”), with advisors Horst Bredekamp and Arnold Nesselrath, magna cum laude (thesis) / summa cum laude (defense).

Magister Artium, 2001-02-20, from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU), Germany, in Art History, Classic Archaeology and General Psychology.

Thesis on “Ground plans of Roman baths in Renaissance drawings” (German: “Thermengrundrisse auf Renaissancezeichnungen”), with advisor Hubertus Kohle, total: very good.

Employment History

The University of Texas at Dallas
Associate Professor, Arts and Technology & Head, Cultural Science Lab (since Jan 2013)
Founding member, Edith O’Donnell Institute for Art History (since May 2014)

Multidisciplinary high-risk/high-gain research & teaching in art history, cultural data science, and visualization.

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH), Switzerland
Research Associate at the Chair of Sociology in particular Modeling and Simulation (Apr 2012–Nov 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 (Apr 2009–Mar 2012),

Researching Complex Networks in Art History and Archaeology.

Visiting Associate Research Scientist (Feb 2008–Apr 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) (Jan–Oct 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”] (Jun 1997–Dec 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 (Sep–Oct 1997)

Staatliche Antikensammlungen und Glyptothek Munich, Germany
Research Assistant (exhibitions, database planning/production), (Nov 1996–Oct 1998 | Jul 2000)

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

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

Visiting Research

Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte Munich, Germany
Edith O’Donnell Guest Professor (Jul 2017–Aug 2018)

Working towards a monographic book publication “outlining a systematic science of art and culture”.

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU), Germany
Visiting Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies CAS-LMU (Jun 25–Aug 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 (Jun 16 – Aug 2015)

Researching Cultural Dynamics on invitation by Dirk Helbing.

Professional recognitions

Lincoln Center Global Exchange, founding member, 2015
SciFoo, invited participant, 2009/2013
The Best American Infographics, featured project, 2015
Kantar Information is Beautiful Award, honorable mention (motion infographic), 2015
NSF/PopSci Vizzies Award, top ten (science visualization video), 2015
Challenges and Visions in the Social Sciences, ETH Zurich, best poster award, 2008
Society of Architectural Historians SAH, Kress annual meeting fellowship, 2008

Professional memberships

AAAS, subscribing member (2016 - ongoing)
Network Science Society, member (2008 - ongoing)
Society for the Study of Cultural Evolution, founding member (2015)
Complex Systems Society, member (2007/2008/2010)
College Art Association, member (2012)
Society of Architectural Historians, member (2008)
European Association of Archaeologists, member (2007)


Chromatic Structure and Family Resemblance in Large Art Collections
Maximilian Schich (PI)
KRESS Foundation, December 2017 – December 2018, $24.500

Funding a master student to apply machine learning in art history with Prof. Jevin West (CS, U Washington).

Institute for the Study of American Art in China (ISAAC)
Maximilian Schich (Interim Supervisor replacing Rick Brettell on leave 2017-2018)
TERRA Foundation for American Art, September 2017 – August 2020, $137.600

A faculty and student exchange program of The Edith O'Donnell Institute of Art History in partnership with the Confucius Institute at UT Dallas, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and the Art Institute of Nanjing University, China.

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

Bringing together network analysis, visualization, and sonification.

EODIAH Digital Art History Lab equipment grant
Maximilian Schich (Co-applicant writing specification) with Richard Brettell (EODIAH director)
Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation, September 2014, $183.500

$5000 personal share for personal equipment, plus use of larger infrastructure.

The Edith O’Donnell Institute for Art History
Maximilian Schich (founding faculty member), Rick Brettell (founding director/applicant)
O’Donnell Foundation, July 2014, $17.000.000 endowment (matched by the State of Texas)

During the application phase, my profile and ongoing work did add to the essential “art/science affinity” as cited by the donors. $36.000 personal share for PhD student in 2015, $135.000 personal share for guest professorship 2017/18, and $40.000 personal share for research as EODIAH acting assistant director 2018/19.

UT Dallas ATEC Fellowship #1
Maximilian Schich (fellow)
undisclosed private donor, since January 2013, $250.000 endowment

Individual fellowship tied to my faculty position. Annual budget ca. $10.000 to 14.000 per year.

Complex Networks in Art Research
Maximilian Schich (fellow)
German Research Foundation (DFG), April 2009 – March 2012, €122.500

Individual research grant.

Special project grant: Analyzing Art Research Databases Using Scalable Image Matrices
Maximilian Schich (PI) with Sybille Ebert-Schifferer (Co-PI) .
Strategic Innovation Fund of the President of Max-Planck-Society, January – October 2008, €59.000

Research project at Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome, to exemplify the first patent application coming out of an art history institute within Max-Planck-Society.

Predoctoral grant: Reception and Visual Citation as Complex Networks
Maximilian Schich (fellow)
Max-Planck-Society, February 2002 – January 2004, €46.500

Individual research grant at Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome.


UT Dallas service

University service
UTD Academic Senate (2019/2020)
Outside chair in PhD oral exam (appointed by UTD Graduate Studies) (Mingwen Yang, UTD Jindal School of Management PhD, 2019)
Outside chair in PhD oral exam (appointed by UTD Graduate Studies) (Ahmed Gamal Helmy Mohamed, UTD Electrical Engineering PhD, 2017)
Eugene McDermott Graduate Fellows Selection Committee (Spring 2016/Spring 2017)
– Library Committee (adivsing the Dean of Libraries, Fall 2015 - Spring 2017)

ATEC program planning and development committees
ATEC Computational Media Working Group (planning pathway course sequence, Spring 2019)
– 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 (Computer Science requirements for ATEC students, Spring 2013)

ATEC administrative service
A&H Executive Committee (advising the Dean of the School, Fall 2013 - Spring 2015)
– EMAC Search Committee (PAG130311 & PAF130304), hiring Profs. O. Banner, R. Guadagno & A. Lee (Spring/Fall 2013)

Other service in ATEC
– Co-Initiator & Co-Host, The ATEC Watering Hole (a weekly academic discussion with external guests, Fall 2013 – 2017)
– 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)

EODIAH service
Acting Assistant Director, Edith O’Donnell Institute for Art History (2017/2018)
EODIAH Building Committee (Digital Art History Lab design, Fall 2014/Spring 2015)

Committee service

Advances in Complex Systems ACS, Editorial Board member (2016 – ongoing)
Palgrave Communications (Palgrave Macmillan), Editorial Board member (2015 – ongoing)
Journal for Digital Art History (LMU-Munich), Editorial Board member (2014 – ongoing)
Leonardo Journal (MIT Press), Editorial Advisor (2010 – ongoing)

Science Magazine (2018), Peer review
PLoS ONE (2018), Peer review
Science Advances (2017), Peer review
Network Science (Cambridge University Press) (2017), Peer review
Oxford University Press (2017/2018), Peer review
The MIT Press (2016), Peer review
Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte (2016), Peer review
Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences PNAS (2014), Peer review

European Research Council (ERC), StG SH5 (Cultures and Cultural Production), Panel member (2014/2016/2018)
European Commission, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (H2020-MC-IF-2016 ECO-SOC), Panel member (2016)

European Research Council (ERC), StG+ADG SH5 (Cultures and Cultural Production), Remote expert (2017)
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Emerging Fields Initiative) (2018), Independent expert
CENSUS / Brandenburger Akademie der Wissenschaften (2016), Independent expert
German Research Foundation (2015), Independent expert
The Getty Research Institute / Getty Provenance Index (2015), Independent expert
National Endowment for the Humanities NEH (2014), Peer review
Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica CONICYT, Chile (2014), Peer review
NWO Netherlands Org. for Scientific Research (Complexity Prog., Division Physical Sciences) (2010), Peer review
European Commission, Brussels (FP7, Future & Emerging Technologies FET) (2008), Independent expert

Dallas Goethe Center, Board member (2016 – 2017)

Conference service

International School and Conference on Network Science
Senior Program Committee member
– NetSci 2017, Indianapolis, Indiana (June 19-23, 2017)

International Conference on social Informatics (SocInfo)
Program committee member
– SocInfo 2017, Oxford, UK (September 13-15, 2017)

CompleNet Workshops on Complex Networks
Program committee member
– CompleNet 2017, Dubrovnik, Coratia (March 21-24, 2017)
– CompleNet 2016, Dijon, France (March 23-25, 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)

COMPLEX NETWORKS 5th International Workshop on Complex Networks and their Applications
Program committee member
– COMPLEX NETWORKS 2019, Lisbon, Portugal (December 10–12, 2019) – COMPLEX NETWORKS 2017, Lyon, France (November 29–December 01, 2017)
– COMPLEX NETWORKS 2016, Milan, Italy (November 30–December 2, 2016)

Annual international conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO)
Review college member
– DH 2018, Mexico City, Mexico (June 26-29, 2018)
– DH 2017, Montréal, Canada (August 8-11, 2017)
– DH 2016, Kraków, Poland (July 12-16, 2016)
– DH 2015, Sidney, Australia (June 29 – July 3, 2015)

CAA Annual International Conferences on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology
Review college member
– CAA 2017, Atlanta/GA (March 14-16, 2017)
– 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)

Arts, Culture, Technology and Networks – NetSci2018 satellite symposium
Organizing committee member
– NetSci-ACT 2018, L’Ecole de Musique - Chateauform’ République, Paris, France (June 12, 2018)

Culture Analytics (UCLA/IPAM Long Program)
Organizing committee member
– “Culture Analytics Beyond Text: Image, Music, Video, Interactivity and Performance”, 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)

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

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)