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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Research: Videolyzer (Online DEMO, try it out!)

October 15th, 2008 Irfan Essa Posted in Collaborators, Computational Journalism, Nick Diakopoulos, Projects No Comments »

An Online DEMO of Videolyzer, a project by my PhD Student, Nick Diakopolous.

Videolyzer is a tool designed to help journalists and bloggers collect, organize, and present information about the quality (i.e. validity, reliability, etc.) of online videos. It makes it possible to evaluate and make sense of things like comments, claims, and sources as they relate to the video. Users can comment and annotate pieces of the video (called “anchors”) to provide a more fine-grained description of the information in the video. The interface also incorporates a tightly integrated transcript of what’s spoken in the video to make it easier to navigate the dense information there. Finally, Videolyzer allows for collaboration among many people. Users can build off of each other’s annotations and rate each other in a form of distributed vetting and peer-evaluation.

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Home | Journalism 3G: The Future of Technology in the Field

September 17th, 2006 Irfan Essa Posted in Brad Stenger, Computational Journalism, Nick Diakopoulos, Projects No Comments »

Computational and Journalism (Journalism 3G)
Between the advent of the printing press and the rise of the Internet, more than 500 years passed without another technological advancement that significantly empowered the voice of the people and changed the nature of journalism. Now, with the rise of blogs, digital video and citizen journalists, computing technologies continue to usher in monumental change – affecting the field of journalism right down to its core. Who’s ready for this? How is the field adapting? And what are the implications for journalistic integrity?

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Project: The Aware Home

October 1st, 1999 Irfan Essa Posted in A. Dan Fisk, Aware Home, Beth Mynatt, Gregory Abowd, Intelligent Environments, Projects, Research, Wendy Rogers No Comments »

The Aware Home

Is it possible to create a home environment that is aware of its occupants whereabouts and activities?

If we build such a home, how can it provide services to its residents that enhance their quality of life or help them to maintain independence as they age? The Aware Home Research Initiative (AHRI) is an interdisciplinary research endeavor at Georgia Tech aimed at addressing the fundamental technical, design, and social challenges presented by such questions.

The Aware Home Research Initiative at Georgia Institute of Technology is devoted to the multidisciplinary exploration of emerging technologies adn services based in the home. Starting in 1988, our collection of faculty and students has created a unique research facility that allows us to simulate and evaluate user experiences with off-the-shelf and state-of-the-art technologies. With speciifc expertise in health, education, entertainment and usable security, we are able to apply our research to problems of significant social and economic impact.

New technologies show great promise when applied to the home domain. The opportunities are vast, ranging from new modes of entertainment, services to simplify the management of the home and its myriad activities, and much-needed assistance for individuals at risk and the busy family members who care for them.

Home entertainment is important to help us enjoy our leisure time. We are interested in developingg new ways to simplify the control of a complex array of digital entertainment items and to creat new ways to capture the meaning ful moments of everyday life and share them with others now and well into the future. As we introduce more technologies into the home, we do not want to change the important characteristic of home life; to relax and enjoy family events. Currently, the influx of technology into the home has produced an increased burden to manage that infrastructure and guard against new security threats. by considering the importance of the human experience in managing technology and maintaining control and privacy, we are showing how a state-of-the-art experience can also be an enjoyable one.

Many otherwise busy adults are sandwiched between generations of older and younger relations that rely on them for care. Many baby boomers take responsibility to help an aging parent retain an independent life in his or her own home, rather than moving to an institutional facility. Others are assisting a developmentally delayed child or grandchild grow into an independent life in his or her own hoem, rather than moving to an institutional facility. Others are assisting a developmentally delayed child or grandchild grow into an independent and functional lifestyle. Still others may help a sibling cope with a chronic health condition. Whatever the situation, there are many opportunities for home technologies to support the important communication and coordination tasks a network of formal and informal caregivers. the same technologies that revolutionized and “flattened” the workplace can now make life easier in the home.

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Project: DVFX@GeorgiaTech

September 17th, 1999 Irfan Essa Posted in Computational Photography and Video, DVFX, Frank Dellaert, Gabriel Brostow, Projects No Comments »

The DVFX Group at the Georgia Tech’s GVU Center and the School of Interactive Computing is aimed at exploring the technical aspects of digital video special effects production and computer animation. For more information see the research at the Computational Perception Laboratory, and the class offerings in this area since 1999.

Check out the New BS in Computational Media, and the BS in Computer Science and its related specialization tracks (threads!) as options for degrees that include material described here.

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