Neal Audenaert, Ph.D.

I’m a veteran of the software development industry with a Ph.D. in Computer Science and a history of helping customers find practical, human-centered solutions. My experience blends a passion for designing products that are driven by deep understanding of users’ goals with hands-on experience leading software development teams.

Professional Experience

Texas Center for Applied Technology

Assistant Research Engineer May 2012-Present

Spearhead software engineering for technological research center, work with customers to create intuitive, innovative solutions to real-life problems worldwide.

  • Co-authored $2.5M grant, directed engineering team, coordinated outsourced visual design and collaborated with multi-disciplinary, international team
  • Led design and development of laboratory information management system, deployed to 8 provincial-level veterinary diagnostic laboratories in Pakistan
  • Designed information triage interface to train emergency response personnel
  • Developed mobile application to monitor and control zoonotic diseases in Kenya

Institute for Digital Christian Heritage

Founder May 2009-Present

Founded 501(c)3 to support digital humanities research at underserved colleges

  • Worked with board members to develop strategic plan to support underserved technological communities
  • Reached out to educational institutions to facilitate digital humanities research that may have been infeasible otherwise

Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station

Research Assistant, Center for the Study of Digital Libraries July 2003-August 2011

Conducted original research focused on how people find, explore, organize and internalize information and on how to design interactive systems to support their needs

  • Collaborated on 4 major research projects
  • Published 14 peer-reviewed papers
  • Developed advanced course for high-achieving middle school students through Duke TIP


Ph.D., Computer Science · Texas A&M University Dissertation: CritSpace, an interactive, web-based program designed for critical engagement with cultural heritage materials

M.S., Computer Science · Texas A&M University

B.S., Computer Science; Linguistics Minor · Texas A&M University


Refereed Journal Publications

  1. N Audenaert, R Furuta. “Annotated Facsimile Editions: Defining Macro-level Structure for Image-Based Electronic Editions.” In Literary and Linguistic Computing, 2009.
  2. E Urbina, R Furuta, SE Smith, N Audenaert, J Deng, and C Monroy. “Visual Knowledge: Textual Iconography of the Quixote, a Hypertextual Archive.” In Literary and Linguistic Computing, 2006.

Conference Proceedings

  1. N Audenaert, M Barry, P Bilnoski. “vWise: Visual Workspace for Information Seeking and Exploration” In Digital Humanities, 2016, Krakow, Poland (July 11-16, 2016).
  2. N Audenaert, N Houston. “VisualPage: towards large scale analysis of nineteenth-century print culture” In IEEE Big Data 2013, Workshop on Big Data and the Humanities, Santa Clara, CA (October 6-9, 2013).
  3. N Houston, N Audenaert. “Reading the visual page of Victorian poetry.” In Digital Humanities 2013, Lincoln, NE (July 16-19, 2013).
  4. N Audenaert, G Luchesse, R Furuta. “CritSpace: a workspace for critical engagement within cultural heritage digital libraries.” ECDL 2010, Glasgow, UK (September 6 – 10, 2010).
  5. N Audenaert, R Furuta. “What humanists want: how scholars use primary source documents.” JCDL 2010, Gold Coast, Australia (June 21-25, 2010).
  6. N Audenaert, R Furuta. “BiblioMS: supporting the creation of academic bibliographies.” In Digital Humanities 2009, College Park, MD (June 22-25, 2009).
  7. N Audenaert, R Furuta. “Annotated facsimile editions: defining macro-level structure for image-based electronic editions.” In Digital Humanities 2008, Oulu, Finland (June 25-29, 2008).
  8. N Audenaert, G Luchesse, R Furuta. “CritSpace: using spatial hypertext to model visually complex documents.” In Digital Humanities 2008, Oulu, Finland (June 25-29, 2008).
  9. N Audenaert, U Karadkar, E Mallen, R Furuta, S Tonner. “Viewing texts: an art-centered representation of Picasso’s writings.” In Digital Humanities 2007, Urbana-Champain, IL (June 4 – 7, 2007).
  10. M Singh, R Furuta, E Urbina, N Audenaert, J Deng, C Monroy. “Expanding a humanities digital library: musical references in Cervantes’ works.” In ECDL 2006, Alicante, Spain (September 2006).
  11. U Karadkar, N Audenaert, A Mikeal, S Phillips, A Maslov, E Mallen, R Furuta, M Nordt. “Relationship mapping for art education and research.” In Digital Humanities 2007, Urbana-Champaign, IL (June 4 – 7, 2007).
  12. N Audenaert, R Furuta, E Urbina. “A general framework for feature identification.” In Digital Humanities 2006, Paris, France (July 5 – 9, 2006).
  13. E Urbina, R Furuta, J Deng, N Audenaert, F González Moreno, M Singh, C Monroy. “Textual iconography of the Quixote: a data model for extending the single-faceted pictorial space into a poly-faceted semantic web.” In Digital Humanities 2006, Paris, France (July 5 – 9, 2006).
  14. N Audenaert, R Furuta, E Urbina, J Deng, C Monroy, R Sáenz, and D Careaga. “Integrating diverse research in a digital library focused on a single author.” In ECDL 2005, Vienna, Austria, (September 2005)
  15. N Audenaert, R Furuta, E Urbina, J Deng, C Monroy, R Sáenz, and D Careaga. “Integrating collections at the Cervantes project.” In JCDL 2005, Denver CO (June 2005).

Book Chapters and Other Papers

  1. N Audenaert, Natalie Houston. “VisualPage: A Prototype Framework for Understanding Visually Constructed Meaning in Books” HTRC UnCamp 2015. Ann Arbor, MI: March 30-31, 2015.
  2. N Audenaert, Christopher Kocmoud, Timothy J. McGrew. “Influences and Provocation: Understanding Relationships within a Thematic Research Collection.” Poster Presentation at the 77th ASIS&T Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA: October 31 – November 5, 2014.
  3. N. Audenaert, N. Houston. “Towards Large Scale Analysis of Visual Features” The Texas Digital Humanities Consortium. Houston, TX: April 10-12, 2014.
  4. N Audenaert, R Furuta. “Visual editing tools to support the formative stages of humanities research.” Poster presentation at the 2009 Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science. Chicago, IL: November. 14-16, 2009.
  5. N Audenaert, G Luchesse, R Furuta. “CritSpace: a workspace for scholarly analysis.” Symposium on Interactive Visual Information Collections and Activity (IVICA 2009), Austin, TX: June 2009.
  6. N Audenaert. “Patterns of analysis: supporting exploratory analysis and understanding of visually complex documents.” In Bulletin of IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries. Nelson, M. Henry, G. (eds.). Fall 2008: 4(2).
  7. R Furuta, J Deng, C Monroy, and N Audenaert. “Imaging the Quixote: A digital iconography.” In Eduardo Urbina and Jesús Maestro, editors, Don Quixote Illustrated: Textual Images and Visual Readings (Biblioteca Cervantes 2), Pontevedra: Mirabel Editorial, 2005