Computational Systems for Ancient Written Artefacts (CSAWA)

Exchanges between manuscript specialists in the Humanities rarely overcome the chronological and geographical boundaries of each discipline. However, when it comes to applying computational analysis systems, these boundaries are often no longer relevant. On the other hand, computer scientists are eager to test their computational systems on use cases with actual research data in order to develop reliable solutions for the scholars. In many cases, only a cross-disciplinary collaboration between experts from these communities yields significant results. This event will offer a suitable environment for such collaborations and facilitate the exchange between different teams, projects, and individuals from the Humanities and computer science.  

The goal of this event is to offer visibility to and strengthen communication among interdisciplinary projects developing tools which allow the application of computational approaches to ancient manuscripts. By focusing on delimited subjects and allowing time for demos, this event aims to create the conditions for fruitful exchanges, not only between the participants and contributors within DAS but also with a larger audience from other fields like the Humanities (reduced fees for attendance of this session only).

This event is a special session within the DAS 2022 workshop and it is planned for a half or full day (depending on the number of submissions) with a keynote talk, oral presentations, and live demos. Submitted papers will be peer-reviewed, and the accepted submissions will be presented in the session and published with DAS proceedings in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series.

Safety measures will be considered with regards to COVID-19. The session will be held in hybrid format with options for online participation.

If you have any question about this session, please send an email to Dr. Isabelle Marthot-Santaniello and Dr. Hussein Mohammed.


Topics of interest

The session includes the following topics, but is not limited to them:

  • Historical document analysis
  • Computational analysis of collections from museums, libraries, and archives
  • Image enhancement for digitised manuscripts
  • Platforms for online reconstruction, editions, and annotations of written artefacts
  • Layout analysis in historical documents (e.g. detection of different layout structures and text lines)
  • HTR tools for ancient written artefacts (e.g. generate, improve, compare models)
  • Tools for computational paleography (e.g. characterisation and visualisation of handwriting features)
  • Recognition, detection, and classification of handwriting elements
  • Scribe identification systems
  • Analysis tools for writing supports

Important dates

Paper submission deadline04 January 2022
Authors’ response period (including a rebuttal)21-28 February 2022
Acceptance notification08 March 2022
Camera ready version01 April 2022
CSAWA 2022 in La Rochelle
For more details, please check the Scientific Program of DAS 2022 (
23 May 2022