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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