Emily L. Spratt

Emily L. Spratt is a research fellow in the Data Science Institute in collaboration with the Historic Preservation program at Columbia GSAPP and the Department of Computer Science. She is investigating the development of AI-enhanced technologies for the analysis, generation, and curation of art and architecture, the ethics surrounding this subject, and its philosophical bearings. Emily’s dissertation in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University is on the artistic and cultural legacy of Byzantium in the early modern period. She holds an M.A. in Renaissance art history from Princeton, an M.A. in Byzantine art history from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. in art history, religious studies, and psychology from Cornell University. Previously, Emily taught in the Department of Art History and the program in cultural heritage and preservation studies at Rutgers University, where she also was a member of the Art and AI Laboratory in the Department of Computer Science.

Emily has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including those from the Onassis Foundation, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Cini Foundation in Venice, the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institution, the American Research Center in Sofia, Bulgaria, the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, the Frick Collection and Art Reference Library, and from the universities from where she holds degrees. She is on the digital and multimedia advisory board of the Renaissance Society of America, is a steering-committee member for The Frick Collection and Art Reference Library Scholars' Advisory Group, is on the advisory board of the Artificial Intelligence Finance Institute (AIFI) of New York City, and is the ethics advisor of Iconem. Emily is also involved in sourcing, evaluating, and advising machine learning-related startup companies.

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