Lund University Humanities Lab


    Infrastructure Details


    Lund University Humanities Lab is an interdisciplinary department for research infrastructure, technology and training. We host research instruments (see Equipment and resources), methodological know-how, and data management expertise. Lab activities target issues of communication, culture, cognition and learning, but many projects are interdisciplinary and conducted in collaboration with other disciplines, or with stakeholders in society such as education, cultural institutions, or industry. We have partners and collaborators locally, nationally, and internationally. The Lab currently has 550+ users in approx. 60 projects. Half of the users come from Humanities, and the rest from other faculties at LU or externally.

    We are connected to other LU infrastructures such as LUNARC for scientific computing, Lund Bio Imaging Centre, etc., and are a member of the strategic research area e-Science (eSSENCE). We are a certified Knowledge Centre in the European consortium for language technology ERIC CLARIN, and a member of the national consortium Språkbanken Swe-Clarin.

    LU Humanities Lab also hosts the national research infrastructure Huninfra funded by the Swedish Research Council, which links 11 universities and organisations to provide information about and access to national resources.

    Further details are found in the Annual reports 2011-2022: The lab was awarded the grade Excellent in the external evaluation HTRQ14.

    Equipment and resources

    Facilities: an anechoic chamber; a professional studio for sound and film production, experimental rooms at the Centre for Languages & Literature and at LUX.
    Equipment: audio- and video recording equipment (incl. microphones, mixer and editing machinery); electromagnetic articulography (2); a BioPac system; a corpus server for language data; EEG (x2, EGI and Neuroscan); eye-tracking (ca 35 of different kinds; SMI, Tobii, EyeLink); motion capture (Qualisys optical motion capture system); 3D laser scanners (1 Faro Focus phaseshift laserscanner; 2 NextEngine triangulation 3D-scanners, an Artec Eva structured light scanner); virtual reality (VR) facilities including a cube (located at IKDC); differential GPS-systems.
    Expertise: a methodologist/statistician; research engineers; a programmer; a corpus manager; a systems manager, plus specific expertise on technologies including text, language, and data management related technology.

    Digital and physical collections

    The corpus server hosts annotated and meta described multimodal language data in a mid-term perspective.

    Services provided

    The Lab provides access to experimental facilities, to a range of sensor-based technologies, to computational resources needed to work with the data; the Lab provides training in the technologies at hand and the associated methods in the form of long (PhD) courses, and shorter group tutorials on demand. We also provide consultation on a range of methodological issues. The Lab is also a certified Knowledge Centre in the European consortium for language technology ERIC CLARIN, and a member of the national consortium Swe-CLARIN.

    Management of the infrastructure

    Director chairing a steering committee

    UKÄ subject classification

    • Humanities

    Type of infrastructure

    • Equipment
    • Services
    • Digital collections