20 years at GA Tech

September 22nd, 2016 Irfan Essa Posted in Events, Interesting, Personal No Comments »

September 22nd, 2016 marked 20 years of my being at GA Tech.  My team threw me a surprise party to celebrate. Here is Spherical Image of the event.  So nice of them

Lab Party for 20 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

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Computation + Journalism Symposium 2014

October 25th, 2014 Irfan Essa Posted in Computational Journalism, Events, Nick Diakopoulos No Comments »

Hosted the 3rd Computation + Journalism Symposium 2014 at The Brown Institute for Media Innovation in the Pulitzer Hall, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA, on October 24-25. It was a huge success with about 250 attendees, and mixture of invited panels and contributed papers.  More details below:

Jon Klienberg kicked off the meeting with a very exciting keynote.  Videos of all sessions should be available from the above website.  Next C+J event will be in a year. Stay tuned for more details.  I was the co-organizer of this event with Nick Diakopoulos and Mark Hansen.



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Videos from the Computational Journalism Symposium (Jan 31 – Feb 1, 2013).

February 1st, 2013 Irfan Essa Posted in Computational Journalism, Events, Presentations No Comments »

The Computation + Journalism Symposium 2013, held Jan 31 – Feb 1, 2013, at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA was a huge success. Please see the videos here of all the sessions. See me discuss computational journalism with Phil Meyer, and my slides and take-away points from the closing session.

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Computation + Journalism Symposium 2013 on Jan 31 – Feb 1, at GA Tech.

January 2nd, 2013 Irfan Essa Posted in Brad Stenger, CnJ, Computational Journalism, Events, Interesting, Nick Diakopoulos No Comments »

Join us for the 2nd Computation + Journalism Symposium 2013 in Atlanta, GA on Jan 31 – Feb 1, 2013

What role does computation have in the practice of journalism today and in the near future? As computer-driven forces like automation and aggregation increasingly alter the role of journalists and journalism in society, how can computation become a force of deliberate, positive social impact in journalism and civic life? Five years after the first Computation and Journalism symposium at Georgia Tech, this event brings together leaders in both journalism and computation to discuss and debate current trends and future opportunities.

Join us for the second Symposium on Computation + Journalism to be held at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta on Jan 31, – Feb 1, 2012. Visit this site for additional details.

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Event: CnJ Panel at Georgia Tech’s Future Media Fest 2011 | Computation + Journalism

November 15th, 2011 Irfan Essa Posted in Computational Journalism, Eric Gilbert, Events No Comments »

Computational Journalism is defined as the application of computation to the activities of journalism such as information gathering, organization, communication, and dissemination of information, while upholding values of journalism such as accuracy and verifiability. Journalists are increasingly adopting and using the proliferation of open-source tools and embracing different styles of journalism. Explore how newsrooms are opening, what new tools are being created, and how to use those tools most effectively.


Topics of discussion will include (but will not be limited to):

  • What is Computational Journalism?
  • What impact has Computation / Information Technology / Networking Technology had on Journalism?
  • What is the newsroom of the future? How has the newsroom changed?
  • How has investigative journalism changed with new technologies?
  • How is social networking changed how we gather, distribute, and share news (and information)?
  • What are the economic / financial models that need to explored to support (and sustain) journalism?
  • What is the role of an Editor in the new journalism model?
  • What should we be teaching the next generation of journalists?

via CnJ Panel at Georgia Tech’s Future Media Fest 2011 | Computation + Journalism.

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FutureMedia Fest 2010: Birds of a Feather Session- Computationa…

October 6th, 2010 Irfan Essa Posted in Computational Journalism, Events No Comments »

Just did a session at the Future Media Fest at GA Tech on Computational Journalism.

Journalism and related aspects information gathering, verification and distribution have significantly changed in recent times with the growth and pervasiveness of Computation, Information, and Networking Technologies. In this session, we will discuss how computation is now completely embedded into each and every aspect of news business from news gathering to newer distribution channels citizen journalism and oversight. Our goal is to bring together computationalists and journalists to study these current trends, and go further to impact future trends in the areas of both computation and journalism.

via FutureMedia Fest 2010: Birds of a Feather Session- Computationa….

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Event (2009): IEEE Workshop on Computer Vision for Humanoid Robots in Real Environment

September 23rd, 2009 Irfan Essa Posted in Events No Comments »

IEEE Workshop on Computer Vision for Humanoid Robots in Real Environments.

I am co-organizing the First IEEE Workshop on Computer Vision for Humanoids in conjunction with ICCV Conference in Kyoto, Japan.  This workshop will be held September 27, 2009. (9:30am – 6:00pm).

The goal of this workshop is to bring together experts from the fields of computer vision and robotics that are working on humanoid robots with vision as one of the primary modalities. Topics of interest include and are not limited to:

  • Visual Learning in Robots
  • Human Robot Interaction
  • Grasping and Manipulation
  • Learning by Demonstration
  • Task Learning for Robots
  • Activity Recognition and Discovery for Robot
  • Humanoid Navigation in Real Environments
  • Vision Devices and Systems for Robot Applications
  • Application of Humanoid Robots (Indoor/Outdoor, Entertainment)

This is the first attempt at a workshop that crosses from Humanoids Research to Computer Vision Research.

The workshop includes six invited talks as well as an open poster session, where all participants are expected to present a poster describing their recent work.

Location: Kyoto University, Faculty of Engineering Bldg.#3, 2F, Room W201, in conjunction with ICCV. (See http://www.iccv2009.org/workshops/index.html).

For schedule, abstracts and other information, see the workshop website. More information about ICCV at http://www.iccv2009.org/.

Invited Speakers and Organizers after the Workshop

Invited Speakers and Organizers after the Workshop

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EVENT: CVPR 2009 Decisions are Announced.

February 25th, 2009 Irfan Essa Posted in Events, PAMI/ICCV/CVPR/ECCV No Comments »

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Event: ACM Siggraph 2008 Class on Computional and Journalism

August 12th, 2008 Irfan Essa Posted in Computational Journalism, Events 3 Comments »

ACM Siggraph 2008 Class on Computional and Journalism

  • Date and Time: Wednesday, 13 August 2008 | 1:45 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Location: Room 502 A, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Fundamentally, journalism is the process of collecting news information and disseminating that information with a layer of contextualization and understanding provided by journalists in the form of a news story. Recent advances in computational technology are rapidly affecting how news is gathered, reported, and distributed, and how stories are authored and told. New technologies for aggregating, visualizing, summarizing, consuming, and collaborating on news are becoming increasingly popular. They are challenging the traditional practices of journalism and directly affecting the future of news production and consumption. Computation and journalism share a deep interest in information and the value it provides to society, and they are deeply involved in the future of storytelling in various contexts, especially current events. This class summarizes how these new technologies affect journalism, both at the core of the journalism discipline and in its practice and business. Topics include: the technologies that have empowered citizen journalism and related citizen media production and authoring; mobile and sensing technologies that allow journalism to become ubiquitous and pervasive; the changes in photo, video, and broadcast journalism; and how web, online, and science journalism are changing the basic processes of reporting. Instructors focus especially on areas of special interest to the SIGGRAPH community: photography and video, large-scale information visualization, and social networking.

Presentations will be made by:

This course is open to all registrant of ACM SIGGRAPH 2008 and has not pre-requisite requirements. See the info on ACM SIGGRAPH Site

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Event: SIGGRAPH PC Meeting at GA Tech 2008

March 30th, 2008 Irfan Essa Posted in Events, Greg Turk No Comments »

ACM SIGGRAPH 2008 Paper’s Committee Meeting was held at GA Tech in Atlanta, March 29-30, under the leadership of Greg Turk. Following is a picture of all of us at work, with our sigs, as a note of thanks for Greg


Original Photo by myself, this version with sigs by Fredo Durand.

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