With little guidance, created a distinctive rhythm and visual style for the professional organization’s flagship publication (“Communications of the ACM”), then produced nearly three years of monthly episodes. Elements included format, titling, and narrative styles that remain features of the ongoing series.
Two professors at the University of Bristol discuss how to apply artificial intelligence to improve the peer-review process for journals and conferences.
An interview with Frits Vaandrager of Radboud University (The Netherlands), on a system that probes unknown systems to figure out their inner logic.
A talk with RPI Professor Bülent Yener about a method that lets graph theory help identify diseased tissue.
A promotional video about the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, a week-long meeting of 200 advanced young researchers in math and computer science, together with about two dozen “laureates” who have won the world’s top prizes in those topics (Turing Award, Abel Prize, Fields Medal, and Nevanlinna Prize). Commissioned by the Association for Computing Machinery, which sponsors the Turing Award.
An interview-based news report about how automation is coming to large farm machinery (such as tractors) worldwide.
Matei Zaharia talks about his creation Apache Spark, a modular platform for performing calculations on big data.
An online report on the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, which gathers recipients of the world’s most prestigious math and computer science awards (Turing, Fields, Abel, Nevanlinna) with 200 advanced young researchers. Includes two original photos.
Vanderbilt University Dean M. Eric Johnson reviews how medical device security issues, including those in their software, have threatened health in the past, and summarizes the current state of affairs.
On-site report from Las Vegas of the “DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge”, a multi-million dollar, U.S. government-sponsored competition where computers try to hack each other. Covered the action and conducted interviews over three days. Here’s the article I wrote about this event.
An interview with University of Pennsylvania Professor Susan Davidson about the need to change how source information is cited in (for example) academic papers. She and her co-authors propose a framework that allows a greater diversity of sources and more flexibility in citing them.
Coverage of DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge, a competition in Las Vegas where seven teams trained computers to hack each other for over three million dollars in prizes. Here’s the video I produced at this event.
An interview with ACM Fellow and MIT Professor Bonnie Berger about how to improve computer handling of biological data, specifically relating to genomes.
An article about “drones as a service”: companies that offer to fly drones for various purposes on an as-needed basis.
An interview with Mason Bretan and Gil Weinberg of Georgia Tech, discussing how they (and others) have imbued musical “feeling” in robotic systems.
An article about recent developments in computer programs that mimic human conversation (“chatbots”), particularly the use of modern artificial intelligence techniques to improve their discourse.
An interview with Sarah Meiklejohn, lead author of a paper that describes how she and her colleagues unmasked some bitcoin owners, despite the common belief that bitcoin is anonymous.
I wrote and edited a tribute to Dr. Hennessy, based on raw video ably shot by Stanford University’s media services department.
An article about use of digital resources and mobile devices to improve crops worldwide.
An article about the special position of the United States in internet privacy law, a topic under special scrutiny after the revelations of Edward Snowden.
Bart Thomee of Yahoo! introduces the Yahoo Flickr Creative Commons 100 Million (YFCC100M), a collection of images and videos released to aid researchers in computer vision and artificial intelligence.
An interview with Shashi Shekhar at the University of Minnesota, as he describes challenges and opportunities from computing relationships in the spaces of our real world.
An interview with Carl Doersch about his paper, which shows how Google Street View images can be deconstructed to extract a city’s characteristic features. Shot at at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Interviews with Carlos Guestrin and Eric Horvitz, who join Dafna Shahaf in a project to map and connect information much as a metro map visualizes a city subway. Shot in Seattle and Redmond, Washington.
Interview with Thomas Dietterich about fears — both real and imagined — as artificial intelligence gains capabilities. Shot in the forests of Eastern Oregon.
An article about apps that attempt to discern when their users exhibit signs of depression, mania, and other mental issues.
Interview with Benoît Valiron about programming quantum computers, in particular about his new language, “Quipper”. Shot at the University of Waterloo (Canada) during a conference on the subject.
An article reviewing whether search engines et al. isolate us from unusual ideas and beliefs through a “filter bubble”.
An interview with ACM Fellow Daniel Reed about the division between exaflop supercomputing and exabyte data management — and how each field can inform the other. With lots of B-roll, thanks to staff and faculty throughout the University of Iowa.
Similar to the video I produced last year to celebrate 2013 recipient Leslie Lamport, this one describes highlights from the career of this venerable name in relational database science.
An interview with two French roboticists, with a demonstration of how a humanoid robot actualizes their research.
A researcher and a military expert at Adapx discuss how they speed up battlefield planning with “multi-modal input” that marries speech, sketch, and writing.
Adobe researcher Sylvain Paris explains how a new method of combining Gaussian and Laplacian pyramids results in image filters that can enhance details without distorting edges.
Article about vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication, touching on vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) efforts, government involvement, and models that feature V2V technologies.
Videojournalism about a new method for comparing the processes called “finite-state machines” that underlie much of computer science.
Article about using power gathered from radio waves, heat, and motion to power small devices such as sensors and cell phones.
Videojournalism introducing a paper that outlines how both computers and members of natural communities (such as ants, birds, and cells) cooperate.
Videojournalism about how researchers are teaching computers to understand the processes that create human emotion, possibly leading to better decisions and human-computer interfaces.
Ph.D.s: Want a month of all-expenses-paid training, with a six-figure job waiting for you when you’re done? That’s what a new crop of “data-science boot camps” offer — for those who qualify. (Online-only article.)
Videojournalism about algorithms that help computers recognize objects within an image, and undestand the scene itself.
The “smart” electric grid has held great promise for 15 years, but it’s not always been clear how deeply it’s penetrated our infrastructure — or what benefits it’s delivered. This article summarizes the current state of smart-grid technology, who’s implemented it, and where improvements are likely to appear. Online only.
Videojournalism about a system at http://newsstand.umiacs.umd.edu/ that interprets newsfeeds, placing items on a map (among other things).
Videojournalism about turning photo collections into movie-like “Face Movies”, via a system that’s been incorporated into Google’s Picasa photo program. (Many thanks to guest interviewer Teresa Meek.)
I was afraid to work on this article about the gender gap in computing because it’s a topic surrounded by dogma, strong feelings, and poorly conceived statistics. As a result, most coverage on it is timid and shallow. But I think the hours of interviewing and research paid off. I’m happy with how it turned out. Online-only.
It’s gotten lots of coverage:
- Interview subject Meta Brown’s mention in her series, “Meta’s Binder Fulla Women”
- Slashdot article with a misleading attribution in the headline. (My comment on it.)
- Andrew Leonard’s thoughtful musings, again with a misleading attribution. (My comment on it.)
- The Spiceworks community forum for IT/tech professionals is hosting a heated discussion in response to the article.
Videojournalism about the applications of, and solutions to, the “maximum-flow/minimum-cut” problem, which affects surprisingly diverse fields. As before, I did most of this, with the help of two shooters.
Videojournalism about a program at Caltech that collects seismic data through the cell phones of volunteers throughout the Los Angeles area. I did pretty much everything — shooting, editing, titles, narration, audio, intro music — with the help of an experienced primary cameraperson.
A celebration of the life work of Leslie Lamport, recipient of the 2013 ACM A.M. Turing Award. I did production, direction, editing, voiceover, and most of the shooting. Promoted in the article at http://cacm.acm.org/news/175166-general-agreement/fulltext , and presented at the awards banquet.
An article in the May 2014 issue of CACM about data storage for very long times, e.g. a million years.
A video to accompany this article in CACM. Wrote, produced, and presented.