NYT R&D Team to Discuss Technology’s Impact on Journalism in Live, Virtual Event

This month, The Machine Learning Center at Georgia Tech (ML@GT) is co-hosting a live, virtual event featuring the New York Times Research and Development (R&D) team.

Set for Oct. 30 in collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley, members of the R&D team will participate in a virtual conversation to discuss how the Times is embracing new technologies within photogrammetry and spatial computing to bring their readers as close to a story as possible. For example, attendees will get insights into their latest project including reconstructing journalistic scenes in 3D from hurricane disasters to an artist’s apartment.

Panelists will also provide insight into how the paper collects photos, generates 3D models, and scales other technologies to effectively reach their millions of readers. The team will also share their vision for how these technologies and journalists can collaborate, the ethical considerations they navigate along the way, and reveal their research wish list.

Panelists include R&D Executive Director Marc Lavallee, Senior Engineer Or Fleisher, Creative Technologist Mint Boonyapanachoti, Creative Director Lana Porter, and Technical Lead Mark McKeague.

“After decades of progress in computer vision we are now witnessing the emergence of 3D reconstruction from images as a mature technology. It is amazing to see what the NYT has been able to do with it in creating interactive journalistic pieces. I am excited to hear their perspective on both the technical aspects of what can we do better, how can we help them, as well as the societal questions like,  how are 3D scenes as a medium impacting journalism, and what challenges do they pose?)” said Frank Dellaert, a professor in ML@GT and the School of Interactive Computing.

The event will take place on Bluejeans Events at 2 p.m. on Oct. 30. Registration is required and available at https://bit.ly/3ncI45c. This event was organized by Dellaert and Angjoo Kanazawa, an assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at University of California Berkeley.

About the NYT R&D Team

Emerging technologies have drastically changed the media landscape and continue to shape how stories are reported and told. The R&D team has helped its colleagues embrace technology as the newspaper has transitioned from a print-only newspaper to running a digital version, launching a weekly video series, and creating the world’s most popular daily podcast, The Daily.

With each new product, the R&D team is tasked with evaluating them to see how products align with the company’s mission to seek truth and help people understand the world. This multidisciplinary team of journalists, creative technologists, designers, and engineers also forecast how new technology might pan out in the next two to three years and develop products to enhance the organization’s storytelling capabilities.

Press Contact:

Allie McFadden | allie.mcfadden@cc.gatech.edu

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