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Caption This: Artificial intelligence aids visual storytelling

May 5, 2016

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then social media users are talking a lot. On average, more than 60 million photos are uploaded to Instagram every day. On Facebook, that daily average reaches at least 350 million. Every photo contains a narrative frozen in time, making captions critical to interpreting and connecting to the scene.

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Mark Dredze

Exploring the ‘Charlie Sheen Effect:’ Study finds uptick of web searches related to HIV prevention

February 23, 2016

The day of Sheen’s disclosure coincided with a 265 percent increase in news reports mentioning HIV (97 percent of which also mentioned Sheen) archived on the Bloomberg Terminal, even though HIV-related news reports have been in historic decline. An additional 6,500 stories were reported on Google News alone. This placed Sheen’s disclosure among the top 1 percent of historic HIV-related media events.

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Data Center

New Tools for Tapping Data

January 19, 2016

A team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University have been awarded a three-year, $1 million National Science Foundation grant aimed at developing algorithms that will allow researchers to better extract information from massive streams of data.

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Zhifei Li

‘Watch Bro’

January 18, 2016

Zhifei Li (PhD ’10) believes that computers should be able to see, hear, feel, and move. But, he adds, mostly they need to be able to speak to us and respond intelligently to what we say.

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Center for Language and Speech Processing