Accomplishments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Video for “Information Cartography”

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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.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
October, 2015
5 minutes

Video for “Rise of Concerns about AI”

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Interview with Thomas Dietterich about fears — both real and imagined — as artificial intelligence gains capabilities. Shot in the forests of Eastern Oregon.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
September, 2015
5 minutes

Video for “Programming the Quantum Future”

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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.

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

Video for “Exascale Computing and Big Data”

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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.

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

Video for “Michael Stonebraker, 2014 ACM A.M. Turing Award Recipient”

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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.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
May, 2015
5 minutes

Video for “Optimization as Motion Selection Principle in Robot Action”

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An interview with two French roboticists, with a demonstration of how a humanoid robot actualizes their research.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
April, 2015
5 minutes

Video for “Sketch-Thru-Plan”

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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.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
March, 2015
5 minutes

Video for “Local Laplacian Filters: Edge-aware Image Processing with a Laplacian Pyramid”

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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.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
February, 2015
5 minutes

Video for “Hacking Nondeterminism with Induction and Coinduction”

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Videojournalism about a new method for comparing the processes called “finite-state machines” that underlie much of computer science.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
January, 2015
5 minutes

Video for “Distributed Information Processing in Biological and Computational Systems”

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Videojournalism introducing a paper that outlines how both computers and members of natural communities (such as ants, birds, and cells) cooperate.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
December, 2014
5 minutes

Video for “Computationally Modeling Human Emotion”

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Videojournalism about how researchers are teaching computers to understand the processes that create human emotion, possibly leading to better decisions and human-computer interfaces.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
November, 2014
5 minutes

Video for “Scene Understanding by Labeling Pixels”

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Videojournalism about algorithms that help computers recognize objects within an image, and undestand the scene itself.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
October, 2014
5 minutes

Video for “Reading News with Maps by Exploiting Spatial Synonyms”

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Videojournalism about a system at http://newsstand.umiacs.umd.edu/ that interprets newsfeeds, placing items on a map (among other things).

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
September, 2014
4 minutes

Video for “Moving Portraits”

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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.)

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
August, 2014
4 minutes