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Ludovica Schaerf


Ludovica Schaerf will begin her PhD at the Digital┬áVisual Studies Center between the Max Planck Society (MPG) and the University of Zurich (UZH) in March 2023. She holds a Bachelor’s in Informatics from Amsterdam University College and she recently completed a Master’s of Science in Digital Humanities at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL). Before joining DVS, she worked as a Data Scientist for insurance and academic publishing and as an AI developer in the art market.
Interested in interdisciplinary research between the Arts and Artificial Intelligence, Ludovica has studied, among others, the use of Vision Transformers for Art Authentication compared to the well-established Convolutional Neural Networks; she has investigated the possible effect of using GAN and Diffusion generated synthetic forgeries to aid art authentication and analyze the detectability of AI-generated art. Some of her research spans the field of music and mathematics, analyzing the evolution of Debussy’s music using methods based on the Discrete Fourier Transform.
At DVS, Ludovica’s research will focus on AI-generated art, investigating approaches to create more controlled, reliable, aesthetic, and creative art, and conducting, at the same time, an analysis of the current phenomenon and its impact on society.