Computer Science Distinguished Lecturer Maneesh AgrawalaExport this event to calendar

Thursday, March 7, 2013 — 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST

SPEAKER:   Maneesh Agrawala, University of California, Berkeley

TITLE:        Storytelling Tools

ROOM:       DC 1302

Abstract:

Storytelling is essential for communicating ideas. The best storytellers carefully compose, filter, edit and highlight the raw media to produce an engaging piece. Yet, the software tools they use to create and manipulate the raw audio/video media (e.g. Pro Tools, Photoshop, Premiere, Final Cut Pro, Maya etc.) force storytellers to work at a tediously low-level – selecting, filtering and layering pixels or cutting and transitioning between audio/video frames. While these tools provide flexible and precise control over the look and sound of the final result, they are notoriously difficult to learn and accessible primarily to experts.  

In this lecture, a number of recent projects that aim to significantly reduce the effort required to edit and produce high-quality audio/visual stories will be discussed.

Biography: Maneesh Agrawala is an Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley where he works on problems in visualization, computer graphics and human computer interaction. His focus is on investigating how cognitive design principles can be used to improve the effectiveness of visual displays. He received the SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher award in 2008 and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2009.

Location 
DC - William G. Davis Computer Research Centre
DC 1302
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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