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Flat Objects, Flying Cams, and Photogrammetry: The V4Design Pipeline

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Still from a vertical tracking shot of Poppelsdorfer Schloss in Bonn – or just the kind of footage we need for our 3D design pipeline

“What kind of video footage can we best rehash for digital 3D reconstruction?” – that’s one of the main questions we’ve been exploring in the V4Design project. Our aim is to train innovative photogrammetry algorithms, i.e.: to automatically turn multi-perspective 2D video shots of an object (e.g. an iconic building) into a decent 3D version of that thing. Over the course of the project, we’ve evaluated all kinds of archived footage. Initial results were disappointing, but once we started looking for material in the right place, we actually discovered a very promising approach.

Date

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

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KID: Fighting mis-/disinformation and fostering media literacy with the help of AI and digital tools

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The “tourist guy” pic, allegedly taken on top of the World Trade Center in NYC just seconds before the 9/11 attacks, is a classic example of a sensational, fabricated image circulated to millions of internet users, then via email.

Misleading news, doctored visuals, disguised propaganda: The spread of digital mis- and disinformation has become a major problem over the last years, and it looks like the Corona pandemic has led to yet another peak. What better time to start a new verification project: KID, kicked-off in April 2020, will help counter the “infodemic” by fostering media and information literacy (MIL) and exploring artificial intelligence (AI) tools to improve verification processes.

Date

Monday, May 11th, 2020

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Artificial intelligence, human bias

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Quite often, errors in AI systems that lead to discriminiation can be traced back to human shortcomings. It’s a complex problem, and addressing it is imperative. That’s all the more true when you’re working for public institutions dedicated to fairness and civility.

Date

Monday, March 16th, 2020

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SENSING meets DW ReCo: An interview with Anja Breljak and Vanessa Oberin on sensitive media, alarming digital trends, and the politics of innovation

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Good news, everyone! We were recently joined by two new interns: Anja Breljak and Vanessa Oberin. They are both PhD candidates at the Research Group SENSING and will support us
well into 2020. This interview (conducted by Alex Plaum) will tell you a little bit about Anja’s and Vanessa’s expertise, their interests, and ongoing project work at DW Innovation.

Date

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

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Interview: How To Build A Visual Journalism Team

Since January 2019, Deutsche Welle has a visual journalism team. One of its original members is our Eva Lopez. Time and again, people ask her what visual journalism is actually about, why it’s a good idea to support a team like this – and what it takes to keep things going. To discuss those and several other questions, Eva sat down for an interview with her colleague Gianna Grün, data journalism expert and lead coordinator of the new workgroup.

Date

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

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Screener: Simplifying the Use of Company Data in Journalism

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At DW Innovation, we recently explored the use of company-related data in journalism, and how journalists can be supported in this area. As one of six business case partners in the EUBusinessGraph project, we developed the Screener Tool for journalists that is soon coming up for internal Beta release. A good reason to share some insights into our motivation and the key features of the tool.

Date

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

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Project LIMES: first augmented live video streaming features successfully tested at Global Media Forum 2019

DW’s and Contentflow‘s joint venture DNI project LIMES had an excellent test run at the Global Media Forum in Bonn last month: Not only did the underlying live streaming platform provide loads of smooth standard signals, it also managed to render the first truly augmented features recently envisioned and implemented by the LIMES team.

Date

Monday, June 17th, 2019

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“I believe that drones can be used for good, I believe that they can be transformative” – a video interview with Johnny Miller

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Johnny Miller at Deutsche Welle Bonn (photo by Alexander Plaum)

For a long time, drones were a) very expensive and b) almost exclusively used for spying, instilling fear, and killing people. This has significantly changed in recent years. While there’s – naturally – still a massive market for so-called military UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), drone production for the civil sector has increased as well: Several tech companies now offer peaceful flying gadgets that feature high quality propellers and cameras and are available for less than 1000 euros. Simultaneously, drones have become favorite tools for a dedicated scene of journalists, artists, and media innovators all over the world. One of them is Johnny Miller.

Date

Monday, May 6th, 2019

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Afraid of Misinformation? Don’t be!

A selection of Verification-Specific #ijf19 Perugia Sessions

We’re back from the International Journalism Festival in Perugia – and it was a blast. With so many great people there to meet in such lovely surroundings how could it not be?

But the festival does have a downside: Too many good sessions running in parallel. Good thing though that they are now all available as recordings online, so you can watch what you’ve missed.

If you don’t want to spend all day going through the program, and verification is one of your main topics, maybe these recommendations are helpful to you.

Date

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

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New HLT project GoURMET to improve machine translation for low-resource languages and domains

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The name sounds very haute cuisine, but the only pot the GoURMET consortium will be stirring is that of Global Under-Resourced Media Translation: Started in January 2019 and funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 program, our latest human language technology (HLT) effort is all about improving the robustness and applicability of neural machine translation (NMT) to low resource languages and domains.

Date

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

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