Dr. Emily L. Spratt is an art historian, data scientist, and arts and technology consultant based in New York. She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University and completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Data Science Institute at Columbia University. Known for her wide-ranging work on the history and theory of art, Byzantium and the Renaissance, cultural heritage preservation and management, gastronomy, applied computer vision science, and the ethics of emerging technology, Dr. Spratt has been described as a multi-field pioneer and luminary in machine learning for the arts, the ethics of data science, and the creative-tech sector. In 2019, she was chosen to curate the President Emmanuel Macron-sponsored exhibition Au-delà du Terroir, Beyond AI Art for the Global Forum on AI for Humanity in Paris, and in 2017, curated Unhuman: Art in the Age of AI, in Frankfurt and Los Angeles. More recently, she was an expert consultant for Campari’s Fellini Forward AI film project that premieres at the 2021 Venice International Film Festival.
Dr. Spratt is also an advisor to the Frick Collection and Art Reference Library, Iconem, the Artificial Intelligence Finance Institute, the tech accelerator Exponential Impact, Ethical Tech at Duke University, and the U.S. Defense Innovation Accelerator. She is the former strategic advisor of Artory, an international art firm that she helped pivot into a blockchain-based company for the art market, the former curator of the AICAN art collection, and a leader in an ICOMOS/UNESCO initiative on computer vision technology and conservation. Dr. Spratt has been the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Onassis Foundation, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Cini Foundation, the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, the American Research Center in Sofia, the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens, and the Frick Collection. At the University of California, Los Angeles, she held the President’s Fellowship, and at Princeton, she was a Stanley J. Seeger fellow in Hellenic Studies and a fellow in the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. In January 2021, Dr. Spratt’s research received the Community-Nominated Spotlight award from the Montreal AI Ethics Institute.
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