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November 2018

Media Innovation Seminar: Innovations in Computational Photography with Josh Haner

November 27, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PST
Brown Institute at Stanford, 355 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
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Josh Haner is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and Senior Editor for Photo Technology at The New York Times. In this talk Josh will discuss the latest innovations in computational photography, including the use of drones.

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February 2019

Distinguished Lectures in Computational Innovation: Yi-Min Chee

February 14, 2019 @ 4:00 am - 6:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Blockchain: A Solutions Perspective Yi-Min Chee Senior Technical Staff Member and Chief Architect, IBM Food Trust Blockchain Solution Abstract. Blockchain technology has moved beyond the realm of cryptocurrencies to start to address business problems for enterprises of all sizes. In this talk, Yi-Min Chee will give an overview of blockchain and the different types of blockchain networks in existence. He will discuss why blockchain is relevant for businesses, with a particular focus on permissioned blockchain networks. He will also introduce some use…

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March 2019

Distinguished Lectures in Computational Innovation: Runa Sandvik, New York Times

March 14, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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'Protecting High-Risk Users at The New York Times' Runa Sandvik joined The New York Times in 2016 to build a security program dedicated to the newsroom, putting the focus on the security maturity of the newsroom; the desks; and individual reporters. In doing so, Sandvik built on experience from her time at The Tor Project, Freedom of the Press Foundation, consulting for established media organizations and working closely with independent freelancers around the world. In this presentation, Sandvik will share…

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April 2019

Distinguished Lectures in Computational Innovation: Dr. Gina Helfrich

April 11, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Join or Die: The Future of Computational Innovation and the End of the Academy as We Know It Academia presently faces an existential crisis. Tenure-track positions are shrinking. Adjunct positions are on the rise. Scientific and technical fields are losing talent to lucrative industry jobs, while humanities programs graduate a glut of doctorates whose career prospects in the field are slim. In this lecture, Dr. Helfrich will argue that the rise of networked technologies and their spread into virtually every…

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May 2019

Distinguished Lectures in Computational Innovation: Dr. Fernando Perez

May 9, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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At 4:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the Brown Institute for Media Innovation (2nd Floor, Pulitzer Hall), the Distinguished Lectures in Computational Innovation series will highlight programmers, data scientists, and other practitioners from the private sector who lead cutting-edge technology initiatives such as Python, C++, and the Open Source Initiative. This lectures features Dr. Fernando Perez, Assistant Professor of Statistics, University of California at Berkeley Faculty Scientist, Department of Data Science and Technology, Lawrence Berkeley National…

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October 2019

Distinguished Lectures in Computational Innovation featuring Stephanie Hankey, Tactical Tech

October 10, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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"Go to The Glass Room. If Black Mirror Had a Showroom, This Would Be It." - Baratunde Thurston Nearly 150,000 people in 30 countries have visited the Glassroom; an interactive public intervention reflecting on the impact of technology on society. As the doors of the Glassroom open in San Francisco, its co-curator Stephanie Hankey gives a sneak preview of the conversation they expect to have as they bring this critical exhibition to the home of Big tech. Digging inside some…

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2019 Brown Institute Annual Showcase

October 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Mark Hansen and Maneesh Agrawala cordially invite you to the Brown Institute for Media Innovation 2019 Showcase! Join us for a reception and exhibition of our 2018-2019 projects. October 17, 2019 - 6:00pm at the Brown Institute at Columbia University Descriptions of the projects can be seen below. The event will take place in the Brown Institute, located in Pulitzer Hall (2950 Broadway) at Columbia University. Artistic Vision. The crucial footage for breaking news reports often comes from eye witnesses,…

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How Charts Lie – A Talk by Alberto Cairo

October 23, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Lecture Hall, Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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We’ve all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if we don’t understand what we’re looking at? Charts, infographics, and diagrams are ubiquitous. They are useful because they can reveal patterns and trends hidden behind the numbers we encounter in our lives. Good charts make us smarter—if we know how to read them. However, they can also deceive us. Charts lie in a variety of ways—displaying incomplete or inaccurate data, suggesting misleading patterns, and concealing uncertainty—…

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The Transparency Series – Natural Language Processing

October 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Presenter Allison Parrish, NYU Workshop Description Much like other forms of data, documents and text provide enormous potential as a form of data to be analyzed and visualized. This workshop will introduce and discuss the ways in which textual materials (news articles, government records, social media, and other primary sources) can be worked with as data in creative and insightful ways. Participants in this workshop will be exposed to some common techniques for textual analysis and representation of documents common…

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February 2020

The Transparency Series – Artificial Intelligence

February 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Presenter John Keefe, Quartz Workshop Description Data, code and algorithms are changing systems of power in our world, often without sufficient critical assessment or accountability. Today’s journalists need to understand how these forces operate, engaging the underlying computational tools and techniques. At the same time, the ways journalists understand the world and communicate their observations to audiences are also being reshaped by the abundance of data and accessible software to surface stories. Reporters today have an incredible variety of data…

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Distinguished Lecture in Computational Innovation – Travis Oliphant

February 13 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
Brown Institute at Columbia, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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The Brown Institute and the Foundations for Research Computing program welcomes Travis Oliphant, CEO at OpenTeams and Quansight, founder of Anaconda, and creator of NumPy, to deliver a Distinguished Lecture in Computational Innovation at the Brown Institute on February 13th, 2020. About Travis Oliphant Travis E. Oliphant is a Founder and CEO/CTO of Quansight, an innovation incubation company that builds and connects companies with open-source communities to help both gain actionable, quantitative insight from their data. In 2019, Travis Co-founded…

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