Association for Computing Machinery

Waiting for the Smart Grid

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.

Article as it appeared on the web
Date of publication: 
Thu, 10/02/2014

Video for "Moving Portraits"

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.)

Screenshot of the video as it appears on Vimeo
Date of publication: 
Fri, 08/22/2014

Computing's Narrow Focus May Hinder Women's Participation

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:

Article as it appeared on the web
Date of publication: 
Mon, 08/18/2014

Video for "Efficient Maximum Flow Algorithms"

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.

Screenshot of video as it appears on Vimeo
Date of publication: 
Thu, 07/24/2014

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

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.

Screenshot of video as it appears on Vimeo
Date of publication: 
Mon, 06/30/2014

Video for the 2013 ACM A.M. Turing Award

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.

Screenshot of video as it appears on Vimeo
Date of publication: 
Thu, 05/22/2014

The Forever Disc

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

Article as it appears in CACM's digital library
Date of publication: 
Mon, 04/28/2014

How Do You Feel? Your Computer Knows (video)

A video to accompany this article in CACM. Wrote, produced, and presented.

Screenshot of the Vimeo version of the video: See description for the full video
Date of publication: 
Mon, 12/23/2013

How Do You Feel? Your Computer Knows (article)

An article in the January 2014 issue of CACM about "affective computing", which enables your computing device to perceive react to your emotions and moods.

Article as it appeared on the web
Article as it appeared in print
Date of publication: 
Mon, 12/23/2013

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