Arthur Koehl

Interests

Modern Europe Cultural History Spatial History Computer Vision Network Analysis Web Programming Web Scraping GIS Text Processing

Published

Archv: Content Based Image Recognition for Early Modern Image Sets - ds.lib.ucdavis.edu/archv/
Malgre Nous: French Men and Women in the German Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS - malgrenous.net

Awards

Highest Honors in History
Spring 2017
Most Innovative Thesis Award
Spring 2017

Education

Bachelor of Arts, double major History and Economics

University of California at Davis
Davis, CA, USA
September 2013 - March 2018

Minor, Computer Science

University of California at Davis
Davis, CA, USA
September 2013 - March 2018

Skills

  • C, C++
  • Python
  • Unix
  • Java
  • Javascript
  • HTML5, CSS3
  • Jetty
  • Apache
  • MySQL
  • OpenCV
  • d3.js, leaflet.js
  • QGIS

Experience

Malgrenous.net

Author
June 2017 - Current
Ongoing web project of my research on the Malgre-Nous.
  • Developed a scalable web project with visualizations using Matlab and jQuery
  • Presents an overview of the experience of the Malgre-Nous during World War Two
  • Substantial quantitative analysis comparing casualty rates for the Malgre-Nous with the overall German Army
  • Over 12,000 points georeferenced mapped along with dynamic front lines

Data Science Initiative - UC Davis

Research Intern
January 2015 - Current
Lead my own digital humanities projects as well as collaborated with faculty for their data science needs.
  • Designed and developed Archv - a content based image recognition software for Early Modern works. Written in Cpp and built on the OpenCV library.
  • Created a web application to allow users to inferface with Archv. Built a RESTful API using Jetty, created the main pages with Javascript and PHP.
  • In charge of a variety of updates to the English Broadside Ballad Association's website, including incorporating Archv on the imageset.
  • Worked with Vessela Ensberg of the Data Management Program at the UC Davis library on a webscraping and data analysis project to track organizations that host UC Davis academic work.

History Senior Thesis - UC Davis

Author
January 2015 - Current
Senior Thesis on the Malgre-Nous, advised by Professor Adam Zientek and Professor Greg Downs
  • Used Leaflet.js and QGIS to dynamically visualize casualties during key campaigns during World War Two
  • Took memoirs of Malgre-Nous and mapped significant moments from them alongside casualties
  • Demonstrated the presence of Malgre-Nous on every front of the war

Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis - Stanford University

Research Intern
June 2016 - August 2016
Worked to generate the data and resources necessary for my research on the Malgre-Nous.
  • Used Interlibrary Loan and OCR to create a text corpus of Malgre-Nous memoirs.
  • Wrote scripts to georeference 12,000 locations of death for Malgre-Nous soldiers from archival records.
  • Used Google Maps, Microsoft Excel, and Python to generate visualizations for the data.

Center for Bioimaging Sciences - National University of Singapore

Software Development Intern
June 2013 - August 2015
Assisted Dr. Alan Davis in a variety of system administration and data analysis projects
  • Implemented a comprehensive and customized virtual environment for Python at CBIS. Allowed users to request Python modules and easily change between Python versions.
  • Wrote C, C++, and Bash programs to benchmark scientific computing libraries on the CBIS computing cluster (ATlAS, GSL, MKL, Open-Blas, EIGEN).
  • Wrote scripts to monitor Cpu and Disk Usage on the CBIS computing cluster as well as tools to analyze the corresponding data.

Department of Biological Sciences - National University of Singapore

Intern
June 2012 - August 2012
Worked with Dr. John Van Wyhe on his large scale web projects, Darwin-online and Wallace-online
  • Transcribed scans of primary source writings from Wallace, especially a collection of his letters from South East Asia.
  • Prepared thousands of photos to be added on both websites.
  • Used Adobe Dreamweaver to add pages from Darwin's Beagle journey notebooks to the Darwin online website