Magic Grant project ‘Synthesizing Novel Video from GANs’ featured in Engadget

On August 14, 2020, the tech outlet Engadget featured recent research produced by the Magic Grant ‘Synthesizing Novel Video from GANs’ developed by grantee Haotian Zhang, alongside Cristobal Sciutto under faculty direction from Maneesh Agrawala and Kayvon Fatahalian.’ The article titled “These AI-generated tennis matches are both eerie and impressive,” describes the system developed under

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Fast and Three-rious: Speeding Up Weak Supervision with Triplet Methods

Authors Daniel Y. Fu, Mayee F. Chen, Frederic Sala, Sarah M. Hooper, Kayvon Fatahalian, Christopher Ré Abstract Weak supervision is a popular method for building machine learning models without relying on ground truth annotations. Instead, it generates probabilistic training labels by estimating the accuracies of multiple noisy labeling sources (e.g., heuristics, crowd workers). Existing approaches

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Magic Grantee Derek Kravitz on the reporting behind The Times’ “Why New Orleans Pushed Ahead With Mardi Gras”

By Alex Calderwood Brown Institute fellow Derek Kravitz and New York Times correspondent Richard Fausset published a story yesterday that detailed why New Orleans officials went ahead with Mardi Gras, despite the growing worries at the time regarding COVID-19. The story, published in The Times as “Why New Orleans Pushed Ahead With Mardi Gras, Even

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Vox’s ‘Today, Explained’ host Sean Rameswaram Visits Stanford

In a packed Cypress Auditorium on Tuesday, February 18, Vox’s ‘Today, Explained’ host Sean Rameswaram sat down with Maneesh Agrawala, Director of the Brown Institute, to discuss his daily podcast and how Vox focuses on connecting with audiences in new, uplifting ways. In their conversation, Rameswaram also discussed the daily podcast ecosystem and the state

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Selfie or Bust: An Introduction to Immersive Storytelling Technology

By Alex Calderwood. Over the weekend, The Brown Institute’s Creative Technologist Ziv Schneider hosted a two-day Immersive Storytelling workshop, introducing a room full of journalists and new media artists to photogrammetry and virtual reality. Ziv began the day on Saturday exhibiting technologies that are used to digitally render the physical world in 3D, from infrared

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