Accomplishments

Traveling for Business

Travel is expensive, so you need to be sure your time “on the road” justifies the investment. In this course, Tom Geller outlines what you need to do before, during, and after your business trip to keep yourself comfortable, meet your client’s or employer’s objectives, and take care of your home while you’re away. Learn the tools you need to stay in touch with the office, and find out how to pack a “go bag” that prepares you for business. Tom also provides guidance on managing transportation and staying safe in your new city, and outlines tips for reporting back what you’ve learned when you return home, so each trip is easier and more productive than the last.

Topics include:

  • Setting up a mobile office
  • Planning travel
  • Securing your home and office before you leave
  • Getting work done on the road
  • Getting comfortable in a new location
  • Planning your next trip
lynda.com
Presentation, Video
November, 2017
41 minutes

Writing Formal Business Letters and Emails

Learn how to write formal business letters and emails that are short, clear, and to the point. This course teaches you how to get results and build better relationships with clients, colleagues, and customers. Writer and journalist Tom Geller helps you clarify your goals, research your topic and intended audience, and structure your correspondence. Plus, get tips about writing for accessibility—making your writing comprehensible, concise, and appropriate for all readers—and following up on communication.

Topics include:

  • Defining your goals
  • Conducting research
  • Setting the tone
  • Writing for accessibility
  • Sending reminders
  • Continuing the conversation
lynda.com
Presentation, Video
November, 2017
38 minutes

Is bitcoin the “currency of criminals”?

Blog post as it appeared online

A followup to my viral hit, “No, THIS is what bitcoin is, really…“, which garnered over 2,600 Likes on LinkedIn within a week. (Like that article, this one was written for myself, not commissioned by LinkedIn.)

LinkedIn
Blog post
June, 2017
600 words

No, THIS is what bitcoin is, really…

Blog post as it appeared online

A rebuttal to a misleading critique of bitcoin’s economy. Full title is “No, THIS is what bitcoin is, really: Four ways Greg Leffler is wrong, wrong, wrong”. (Personal post; not commissioned by LinkedIn.) It was a viral hit, garnering over 2,600 Likes within a week.

LinkedIn
Blog post
June, 2017
550 words

Coverage of Turkish protest in The Netherlands

Scene from the video

Camerawork and interviewing for this piece was my first gig for Zoomin.tv. I grabbed my equipment after hearing the protests from my apartment, which is around the corner from the Consulate.

Zoomin.tv
Video
March, 2017
1 minutes

Video for “Computational Support for Academic Peer Review”

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Two professors at the University of Bristol discuss how to apply artificial intelligence to improve the peer-review process for journals and conferences.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
February, 2017
4 minutes

Video for “Model Learning”

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An interview with Frits Vaandrager of Radboud University (The Netherlands), on a system that probes unknown systems to figure out their inner logic.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
January, 2017
4 minutes

Video for “Cell-Graphs”

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A talk with RPI Professor Bülent Yener about a method that lets graph theory help identify diseased tissue.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
December, 2016
4 minutes

Video for “The 2016 Heidelberg Laureate Forum”

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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.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
November, 2016
7 minutes

Farm Automation Gets Smarter

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An interview-based news report about how automation is coming to large farm machinery (such as tractors) worldwide.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article, News
October, 2016
1600 words

Video for “Apache Spark: A Unified Engine for Big Data Processing”

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Matei Zaharia talks about his creation Apache Spark, a modular platform for performing calculations on big data.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
October, 2016
4 minutes

Computer Science, Math Laureates Convene in Heidelberg

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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.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article, News
September, 2016
750 words

Video for “A Brief Chronology of Medical Device Security”

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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.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
September, 2016
4 minutes

Video for “DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge”

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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.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
August, 2016
8 minutes

Video for “Why Data Citation Is a Computational Problem”

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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.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
August, 2016
4 minutes

When Computers Are The Hackers

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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.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article, News
August, 2016
750 words

Video for “Computational Biology in the 21st Century”

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An interview with ACM Fellow and MIT Professor Bonnie Berger about how to improve computer handling of biological data, specifically relating to genomes.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
July, 2016
4 minutes

Drones Too Complicated? We’ll Take Care of That

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An article about “drones as a service”: companies that offer to fly drones for various purposes on an as-needed basis.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
June, 2016
850 words

Video for “Whitfield Diffie/Martin Hellman, 2015 ACM A.M. Turing Award Recipients”

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Similar to the videos I produced over the past two years to celebrate 2013 recipient Leslie Lamport, and 2014 recipient Michael Stonebraker, this video describes highlights from the careers of two great cryptographers, creators of the Diffie-Hellman key exchange method.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
May, 2016
4 minutes

Video for “A Survey of Robotic Musicianship”

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An interview with Mason Bretan and Gil Weinberg of Georgia Tech, discussing how they (and others) have imbued musical “feeling” in robotic systems.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
April, 2016
4 minutes

Can Chatbots Think Before They Talk?

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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.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
April, 2016
750 words

Video for “A Fistful of Bitcoins”

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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.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
March, 2016
4 minutes

Drupal 8 Essentials 1: Getting Started

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Drupal 8 Essentials is designed to help anyone create a simple website using Drupal, the free web design software that powers personal blogs as well as the sites of some of the world’s largest corporations.

This course is the first of the series. No prerequisites are required beyond basic computer skills! These easy-to-follow tutorials show how to install Drupal and other necessary components on a Windows or Mac computer, navigate Drupal’s web-based interface, configure the settings of a new Drupal site, create content, and move the site to a server. Every step includes best practices to ensure your website remains streamlined, secure, and up-to-date.

Topics include:

  • Comparing Drupal to other software
  • Getting help with Drupal
  • Installing Acquia Dev Desktop on Mac and Windows
  • Installing the Drupal database, modules, and themes
  • Creating basic content
  • Establishing your site’s look and feel
  • Adjusting security settings
  • Adding images and metadata
  • Adding a sidebar
  • Moving your Drupal website to a server
  • Backing up a Drupal site
lynda.com
Online, Presentation, Video
March, 2016
137 minutes

Drupal 8 Essentials 2: Building Out Your Website

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Your Drupal site is built. Now what? Web design doesn’t stop once the website is launched. Learn how to build out your Drupal site to better fit your visitors’ needs.

In these tutorials, Tom Geller helps new Drupal designers change the layout and design elements of their sites, control visitor interactions (including comments), arrange content in user-friendly “views,” and expand the site’s capabilities beyond what’s available in core Drupal with Drupal modules. In all the steps you’ll learn best practices to ensure your sites remain streamlined, secure, and up to date.

Topics include:

  • Grouping content into categories
  • Managing comments
  • Adding discussion groups
  • Customizing fields and image styles
  • Adjusting menus and navigation to help users
  • Adding new features with Drupal modules
lynda.com
Online, Presentation, Video
March, 2016
98 minutes

Video for “An Interview with Stanford University President John Hennessy”

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I wrote and edited a tribute to Dr. Hennessy, based on raw video ably shot by Stanford University’s media services department.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
February, 2016
4 minutes

Rich Data, Poor Fields

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An article about use of digital resources and mobile devices to improve crops worldwide.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
February, 2016
1500 words

In Privacy Law, It’s the U.S. vs. the World

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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.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
January, 2016
1600 words

Video for “YFCC100M: The New Data in Multimedia Research”

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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.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
January, 2016
4 minutes

Video for “Spatial Computing”

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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.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
December, 2015
4 minutes

Video for “What Makes Paris Look Like Paris”

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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.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
November, 2015
4 minutes