You’re Invited to the Future of Notifications

The June 2015 edition of NYC Media Lab’s newsletter. Like what you read? Sign up here.

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Join Us for The Future of Notifications: Nightmare or Nirvana?
Wednesday, June 17, 9:00–11:00 a.m. @ NYU Tisch (721 Broadway, Fourth Floor)

In the mobile media age, the only thing certain is death and notifications, to coin a phrase. But like many tools of digital media, it’s an open question whether the blips and beeps that alert us to new information are helping us to deal with information overload or are adding to the problem. This event will feature a discussion about best practices around the design and implementation ofnotifications, drawing insights from experts in user experience and product design at NYC’s universities and digital media companies. Attention will be paid to notifications on smartphones, watches, and other interfaces yet to be widely adopted.

Speakers will include:

  • Matt Boggie, Executive Director, R&D, The New York Times @mattboggie
  • Matt Hartman, Director of Seed Investments, betaworks @matthartman
  • Denis Hurley, Product Manager, Future Technologies, Pearson North America @DenisHurley
  • Dana Karwas, Lecturer, Integrated Digital Media, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering@danakarwas
  • Steven Levy, Editor in Chief, Backchannel, Medium @stevenlevy
  • Kaytee Nesmith, Senior Product Designer, NPR @kayteenesmith
  • Otto Toth, Chief Technology Officer, The Huffington Post @otto_t

Register for “The Future of Notifications”

Register Now for NYC Media Lab’s 2015 Annual Summit
Friday, September 25, 9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. @ NYU Skirball (566 LaGuardia Place)

NYC Media Lab’s Annual Summit is your crash course in the best thinking, projects, and talent in digital media and communications across the City’s universities.

From hands-on workshops to a showcase of 100+ student demos, this is your opportunity to explore a wide range of prototype technologies, applications, and research projects. Come meet the next generation of talented designers, engineers, and makers that will continue to make New York City the media capital of the world.

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Columbia University computer science professor Tony Jebara worked with researchers at Princeton, Foursquare, and YP Mobile Labs to develop a model to predict users’ whereabouts from unsupervised location data. (more)

Researchers from the City College of New York and CUNY Graduate Center contribute towards a lightweight, lossless compression technique for large-scale geospatial data. (more)

Students and faculty at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts researched and developed creative technologies for experimentation with new narrative forms, as part of the ITP Experiments in Storytelling initiative. (more)

Changxi Zheng, assistant professor of computer science at Columbia Engineering, has developed a computational technique to advance the color 3D printing process. (more)

City College’s Dr. Izidor Gertner helps describe an approach to identify individuals with suspicious objects in a crowd, using image retrieval algorithms. (more)

An interdisciplinary research team at NYU evaluates a set of deep learning networks on their ability to predict an object’s categorization (e.g. “dog” vs “fish”) from the raw pixels of naturalistic images. (more)

Around Town:

NYC Media Lab’s Annual Summit will take place on September 25, 2015 at NYU Skirball. From hands-on workshops to a pan-university demo expo, this is your opportunity to explore a wide range of prototype technologies, applications, and research projects. Register now for discounted tickets.

See classrooms and studios of The Cooper Union transformed into exhibition spaces showcasing work from the Albert Nerken School of Engineering and more. The exhibition runs now through June 14.

On Thursday, June 4, the Columbia Tow Center for Digital Journalism will host a launch of Michael Keller and Brian Abelson’s report on their work in developing and implementing NewsLynx. NewsLynx is a tool that enables newsrooms to track impact, combining quantitative metrics with qualitative annotations. Tickets are free, but registration is required.

Happening June 9 at Columbia University, the Future of Urban Innovation: Startups will examine how universities and government are promoting new initiatives to boost startups in NYC and other major cities. Startups from NYC universities will also be pitching their companies throughout the day. Friends of NYC Media Lab can use the code Columbia2015–55 for discounted tickets.

Justin Hendrix will be moderating the panel “The Internet of Things: What’s Now, What’s Next, and What’s Never” at Northside Festival’s Innovation Conference on Friday, June 12.

NYC Media Lab is pleased to partner with LoNyLa/TimeWave for “Mythos and Moxie,” a virtual reality hackathon hosted at NYU from July 10–12. Learn more and register.

Join editors, producers, product managers, and tech and media innovators at the second annual Collab/Space New York on July 15. Hosted by the Ford Foundation, Collab/Space is an all-day workshop of innovation projects within media and tech companies.


Calling all students and recent graduates: NYC Media Lab is seeking an Event Contractor to assist with the planning, management, and execution of the Lab’s Annual Summit.

The Lab is also seeking a Special Report Producer to prepare a package of media assets on the future of virtual reality.

Students are invited to apply to join the Microsoft Student Partner program. The deadline is July 15.


Attendees from NYC Media Lab’s “Visions of the Connected Home” event on May 21 share their own visions for the future of the Internet of Things. Watch the video.

Justin Hendrix spoke with Prehype’s Henrik Werdelin, ?What If!’s Cecily Cohen, Innosight’s Robyn Bolton, and Machine’s Ryan Jacoby about their advice for the first time corporate innovator.

Watch highlights from the Columbia Journalism 2015 Showcase, where students shared their work in data visualization, computational journalism, video and audio storytelling, and more.

NYC Media Lab had an opportunity to drop by “Designing Multiplicity,” an exhibition of student thesis works from the Parsons MFA Design and Technology program.

Cornell Tech has introduced a new way for students to pursue their startup ideas with its inaugural Startup Awards competition. Winning startups included a pet wearable device and a social connecting app.

At NYU MAGNET, Dr. Ken Perlin and his team are exploring “extra-dimensional space” in their virtual reality project known as “The Holodeck.”

See the Grand Prize and Audience Choice winners from the Zahn Innovation Center’s startup pitch event. Winning startup ideas included a family health application and a construction industry task manager for mobile devices.

Yann LeCun, head of AI research at Facebook and professor of computer science at NYU, describes a near-future wherein deep learning pervades the physical world, including robots and self-driving cars.

NYU CUSP partnered with experiential design agency Urban Matter Inc. to create a Pong-inspired interactive storefront.

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