March 31, 2014 version

Maximilian Schich

In January 2013, I joined the Arts and Technology Program at UT Dallas as Associate Professor. Now a multidisciplinary researcher, I previously studied Art History, Classical Archaeology, and Psychology at LMU Munich (M.A. 2001). I received my doctorate in Art History from HU-Berlin (Dr. phil. 2007), working at Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max-Planck-Institute for Art History) in Rome (PhD-fellow 2002-2004). Since 1996, I also acted as a project consultant for large-scale cultural graph data in research libraries, museums, and research projects. From 2008 to 2012 I had the privilege to explore the Ecology of Complex Networks in Art Research collaborating with Albert-László Barabási at Northeastern University and Dirk Helbing at ETH Zurich. In my Post-Doc phase, I received generous funding from the Presidential Innovation Fund of Max-Planck-Society (2008) and a Research Grant from German Research Foundation (2009-2012). I have collaborated, presented, and published in prestigious venues in Archeology, Art History, Computer Science, Complex Systems, Sociology, Physics, and Visualization (see my publications and talks). I am an Editorial Advisor at Leonardo Journal (MIT-Press) and the organizing chair of a popular symposium series on Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks (2010-2014, 14.5% acceptance rate).
I was invited to Science Foo Camp twice (2009 and 2013).

My research aims to understand and explain the nature and emergence of complexity in the arts and humanities. My approach strives to combine quantitative analysis and visualization with hermeneutic interpretation, which sets the base for collaborations that aim to model and simulate previously hidden phenomena. As such my approach is decidedly anti- or multidisciplinary.

My teaching mission is to explore and nurture Multidisciplinary Approaches in Arts and Technology as well as various aspects of Cultural Science, a collaborative process that embraces humanistic inquiry, physics, computer science, and information design in a single coherent workflow.

I am available to present my work and mission, explore interesting ways of collaboration, and consult on issues within my expertise. If you are a student interested in taking a course, doing an independent study, or conducting research with me, don't hesitate to get in touch. Please drop me a mail or see the contact page for various ways to reach me.