Video Event Specification using Programmatic Composition

Authors Daniel Y. Fu, Will Crichton, James Hong, Xinwei Yao, Haotian Zhang, Anh Truong, Avanika Narayan, Maneesh Agrawala, Christopher Ré, Kayvon Fatahalian Abstract Many real-world video analysis applications require the ability to identify domain-specific events, such as interviews and commercials in TV news broadcasts, or action sequences in film. Unfortunately, pre-trained models to detect all

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Announcing our 2019-20 Magic Grants!

The Brown Institute for Media Innovation, a collaboration between Columbia Journalism School and Stanford University’s School of Engineering, is pleased to announce its 2019-20 Magic Grant recipients. Each year, the Brown Institute awards $1M in grants and fellowships to foster new tools and modes of expression, and to create stories that escape the bounds of

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Brown Featured in Columbia News

Mark Hansen, Director of the Brown Institute at Columbia, has been featured on Columbia News in a piece discussing the institute’s open Magic Grant Call for Proposals. He also describes the mission of Brown and its role in the Journalism School and Columbia University broadly. Read the piece on Columbia’s main site (brwn.co/5q). The 2019-20 Magic Grant

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A 2018-19 Magic Grant Profile

By Alex Calderwood. One hundred journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000. These journalists were mostly investigating cartel activity and corruption in the Mexican government, and they were explicitly targeted for their reporting. Yet, according to a report by The Committee to Protect Journalists, “the Mexican government has only intermittently recognized anti-press violence as

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A 2018-19 Magic Grant Profile

By Alex Calderwood. You’re browsing Instagram and you see someone wearing a winter coat that speaks to you. You comment on the post and ask “Love the jacket, what kind is it?.” A few minutes later, the poster responds “Canada Goose, obviously.” You remember something about the brand and other designer clothes being banned from

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