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Scientific Publications

Gai Gutherz, Shai Gordin, Luis Sáenz, Omer Levy, and Jonathan Berant. (2023). Translating Akkadian to English with Neural Machine Translation. PNAS Nexus 2 (5): pgad096.

Shmuel Clark, Mark Altaweel, and Shai Gordin. (2022). Urbanscape, Land Use Change and Centralization in the Region of Uruk, Southern Mesopotamia from the 2nd to 1st Millennium BCE. In: Land 11, no. 11: 1955.

Shai Gordin, Shmuel Clark, and Avital Romach. (2022). MAPA: A Linked Open Data Gazetteer of the Southern Babylonian Landscape. In: Interdisciplinary Digital Engagement in Arts & Humanities (IDEAH).

Adéla Hamplová, David Franc, Josef Pavlíček, Avital Romach, and Shai Gordin. (2022). Cuneiform Reading Using Computer Vision Algorithms. In: Proceedings of the 2022 5th International Conference on Signal Processing and Machine Learning (SPML ‘22). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 242–245.

Shai Gordin and Avital Romach (2022). Optical Character Recognition for Complex Scripts: A Case-study in Cuneiform. In: DH 2022, Tokyo, Japan 25-29 July 2022. long paper.

António de Freitas and Shai Gordin, eds. (2021). A Digital Ancient Near East: Challenges and Opportunities. Special Volume of H2D: digital humanities journal, vol. 3/1.

Moshe Stekel, Amos Azaria, and Shai Gordin. (2021). Word Sense Induction with Attentive Context Clustering. In: NLP4DH 2021: Proceedings of the Workshop on Natural Language Processing for Digital Humanities. Association for Computational Linguistics, 144–151.

Shai Gordin, Gai Gutherz, Ariel Elazary, Avital Romach, Enrique Jiménez, Jonathan Berant, and Yoram Cohen (2020). Reading Akkadian Cuneiform using Natural Language Processing. PLOS ONE, 15(10), e0240511. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0240511

Ethan Fetaya, Yonatan Lifshitz, Elad Aaron, and Shai Gordin (2020). Restoration of Fragmentary Babylonian Texts Using Recurrent Neural Networks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(37), 22743–22751. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2003794117

Groundbreaking AI project translates 5,000-year-old cuneiform at push of a button (June 2023). The Times of Israel.

This AI Bot Translates Dead Ancient Languages into English (May 2023). The Daily Beast.

Translating Cuneiform with AI: Potentials and challenges in studying ancient texts (May 2023). Biblical Archaeology Society.

Model AI potrafi przetłumaczyć starożytne pismo klinowe. To przełom w badaniach dawnych cywilizacji? (May 2023; Polish). National Geographic Polska.

Israeli experts create AI to translate ancient cuneiform text - study (May 2023). The Jerusalem Post.

Shai Gordin and Avital Romach (October 2022). The Cuneiform Wide Web: From Card Catalogues to Digital Assyriology. The Ancient Near East Today.

How the secrets of ancient cuneiform texts are being revealed by AI (August 2022). NewScientist.

Shai Gordin (June 2022). Reading & deciphering ancient writing systems with AI. Open Access Government.

Shai Gordin (March 2022). AI to study ancient writing systems. Open Access Government.

Shai Gordin (September 2021). Digital Assyriology: Using Artificial Intelligence to Unlock an Ancient Lingua Franca. Research Outreach 125: 18–21. DOI: 10.32907/RO-125-1715801386

Shai Gordin, Avital Romach, and Ethan Fetaya (September 2021). Tidings from Before the Flood: How Artificial Intelligence Rediscovers Ancient Babylonian Texts. The Science Breaker. DOI: 10.25250/thescbr.brk584

On Artificial Intelligence and Ancient Clay Tablets (December 2020). Machon Davidson (Hebrew).

Israeli Scientists Use AI to Reconstruct Broken Babylonian Tablets (November 2020). Haaretz.

AI reads, translates, and auto-completes ancient cuneiform texts (November 2020). ZME Science.

L’intelligence artificielle au service de la reconstitution des textes babyloniens (September 2020). Sciences et Avenir.

Computer raadt missend spijkerschrift (September 2020). NRC.

Web Publications

Shai Gordin and Avital Romach (2022). Optical Character Recognition for Complex Scripts: A Case-study in Cuneiform. In: DH 2022, Tokyo, Japan 25-29 July 2022. Presentation slides

Shai Gordin and Samuel Clark (2021). MAPA Gazetteer (version 1.0). Zenodo

Shai Gordin (2021). Introduction to the Ancient Middle East: Between Physical and Cultural Geography (Hebrew). Educational resource ARC-GIS story

Shai Gordin (2020) Mesopotamian Ancient Place-names Almanac (MAPA): Doing Historical Geography in the Age of Linked Open Data. Invited lecture, Metadata in Assyriology: Spatial Analysis, and Historical Geography, 23-26 Nov. 2020, Uppsala University, Sweden. ARC-GIS story