Accomplishments

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

Mental Health Apps Listen and Guide

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An article about apps that attempt to discern when their users exhibit signs of depression, mania, and other mental issues.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
September, 2015
1000 words

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

The Filter Bubble: Is It Real? Does It Matter?

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An article reviewing whether search engines et al. isolate us from unusual ideas and beliefs through a “filter bubble”.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
June, 2015
950 words

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

Car Talk

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Article about vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication, touching on vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) efforts, government involvement, and models that feature V2V technologies.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
February, 2015
1700 words

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

Energy Harvesting Extends Life of Small Devices

Article as it appeared on the web

Article about using power gathered from radio waves, heat, and motion to power small devices such as sensors and cell phones.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article, Online
January, 2015
850 words

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

Boot Camps Promise PhDs Fast Track to a Data Science Career

Article as it appeared on the web

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.)

Association for Computing Machinery
Article, Online
October, 2014
1000 words

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

Freelancers: Want Regular Pay? Consider a Retainer Agreement

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A blog post to support my course, “Freelancing Fundamentals“.

lynda.com
Blog post
October, 2014
550 words

Waiting for the Smart Grid

Article as it appeared on the web

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.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article, Online
October, 2014
1000 words

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

Computing’s Narrow Focus May Hinder Women’s Participation

Article as it appeared on the web

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:

Association for Computing Machinery
Article, Online
August, 2014
1000 words

Does Bitcoin Matter?

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A blog post to support my course, “Up and Running with Bitcoin“.

lynda.com
Blog post
August, 2014
600 words

Video for “Efficient Maximum Flow Algorithms”

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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.

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

Appearance on “Authored Content” show, talking about Bitcoin

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I talk off the cuff about the popular cryptocurrency with fellow lynda.com authors Morten Rand-Hendriksen and Ray Villalobos on their Google Hangout show, “Authored Content”.

Authored Content
Online, Presentation, Video
July, 2014
63 minutes

Video for “Community Sense and Response Systems: Your Phone as Quake Detector”

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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.

Association for Computing Machinery
Presentation, Video
June, 2014
6 minutes

Up and Running with Bitcoin

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Description by lynda.com: “Understand the basics of bitcoin, the popular virtual currency, and then learn the nuances of bitcoin transactions and security issues that can be difficult to navigate on your own. Tom Geller addresses both the big and small issues swirling around bitcoin right now, and prepares you to use or accept bitcoin as a currency for your transactions. Discover how bitcoin compares to US dollars and other forms of money; how to send, receive, and “mine” it; and how to protect and track your bitcoin transactions. Tom will even show you how to connect with the Bitcoin development community, in case you’re interested in contributing to the spread of this modern cryptocurrency.”

lynda.com
Online, Presentation, Video
June, 2014
60 minutes

Drupal in Context column: Handrails for Everybody

Front cover of the print edition in which this article appeared

A column for Volume 4, Issue 1 of “Drupal Watchdog”, the print magazine distributed at the semi-annual DrupalCon. It discusses the importance of an “easy entry” to technology, and the struggles Drupal has experienced in that regard.

Tag 1 Publishing
Article
June, 2014
750 words

Video for the 2013 ACM A.M. Turing Award

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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.

Association for Computing Machinery
Video
May, 2014
6 minutes

The Forever Disc

Article as it appears in CACM's digital library

An article in the May 2014 issue of CACM about data storage for very long times, e.g. a million years.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
April, 2014
2000 words