Announcing the new Interdisciplinary Research Center for Machine Learning at Georgia Tech (ML@GT)

October 6th, 2016 Irfan Essa Posted in In The News, Interesting, Machine Learning No Comments »

Announcement from Georgia Tech’s College of Computing about a new Interdisciplinary Research Center for Machine Learning (ML@GT) that I will be serving as the Inaugural Director for.ML@GT

Machine Learning @ Georgia Tech Based in the College of Computing, ML@GT represents all of Georgia Tech. It is tasked with pushing forward the ability for computers to learn from observations and data. As one of the fastest growing research areas in computing, machine learning spans many disciplines that use data to discover scientific principles, infer patterns, and extract meaningful knowledge.

According to School of Interactive Computing Professor Irfan Essa, inaugural director of ML@GT, machine learning (ML) has reached a new level of maturity and is now impacting all aspects of computing, engineering, science, and business. “We are in the era of aggregation, of collecting data,” said Essa. “However, machine learning is now propelling data analysis, and the whole concept of interpreting that data, toward a new era of making sense of the data, using it to make meaningful connections between information, and acting upon it in innovative ways that bring the most benefit to the most people.”

The new center begins with more than 100 affiliated faculty members from five Georgia Tech colleges and the Georgia Tech Research Institute, as well as some jointly affiliated with Emory University.

Source: Two New Interdisciplinary Research Centers Shaping Future of Computing | Georgia Tech – College of Computing

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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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Research Blog: Motion Stills – Create beautiful GIFs from Live Photos

June 7th, 2016 Irfan Essa Posted in Computational Photography and Video, Computer Vision, In The News, Interesting, Matthias Grundmann, Projects No Comments »

Kudos to the team from Machine Perception at Google Research that just launched the Motion Still App to generate novel photos on an iOS device. This work is in part aimed at combining efforts like Video Textures and Video Stabilization and a lot more.

Today we are releasing Motion Stills, an iOS app from Google Research that acts as a virtual camera operator for your Apple Live Photos. We use our video stabilization technology to freeze the background into a still photo or create sweeping cinematic pans. The resulting looping GIFs and movies come alive, and can easily be shared via messaging or on social media.

Source: Research Blog: Motion Stills – Create beautiful GIFs from Live Photos

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My Infographic Resume

January 20th, 2015 Irfan Essa Posted in Interesting No Comments »

Check out my infographic resume created via Vizualize.me.

via My Infographic Resume.

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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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Welcome 2012!

January 1st, 2012 Irfan Essa Posted in Interesting No Comments »

Just a brief post to welcome in the new year and to wish all a very happy 2012.  2011 was a very busy and productive year in terms of research and other academic pursuits (follow the 2011 tag for an overview).   I am especially thankful to my team and my collaborators who have made 2011 such a successful year. I expect to 2012 to be equally productive.

Again, Happy 2012 and Best Wishes to all.

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Time Magazine (2009) Article “Can Computer Nerds Save Journalism?”

June 8th, 2009 Irfan Essa Posted in Computational Journalism, In The News, Interesting No Comments »

Can Computer Nerds Save Journalism?, TIME Magazine, by MATT VILLANO, June 8, 2009

EXCERPT

“At the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, a three-year-old program in “computational journalism” helps computer-science majors study how journalists gather, organize and utilize information, then take these workflows and see how technology can make the processes easier.”

Full article here. Also see CnJ site.

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INTERESTING: “Deep Throat Meets Data Mining”

December 24th, 2008 Irfan Essa Posted in Computational Journalism, In The News, Interesting No Comments »

“Deep Throat Meets Data Mining”

by JOHN MECKLIN

Dec 23, 2008 in Miller-McCune

If you pay passing attention to the media landscape, you know that most mainstream news outlets have had their business models undermined by the digital revolution. As their general-interest monopolies have been pillaged by niche online competitors, traditional news organizations have lost revenue and cachet, laying off journalists in waves that have grown into tsunamis. This process has created dire prospects for the future of investigative reporting, often seen as the most costly of journalistic forms.”

Goes on to mention Computational Journalism and our (at GA Tech) and recent Duke University’s efforts in this space and few others.

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Interesting: The Changing Newsroom | Project for Excellence in Journalism PEJ

August 7th, 2008 Irfan Essa Posted in Computational Journalism, Interesting No Comments »

The Changing Newsroom | Project for Excellence in Journalism PEJ

An analysis of the changing world of Journalism.  Worth a read. States how the newsroom and the print media are especially impacted.

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Interesting: The State of the News Media 2008

April 16th, 2008 Irfan Essa Posted in Computational Journalism, Interesting No Comments »

The Project for Excellence in Journalism has done an amazing report on “The State of the News Media 2008”
with reference to American Journalism.  It is a very interesting read and very interesting with reference to our efforts on Computation and Journalism.

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