New Half-Day Program at NAB 2018 to Showcase Machine, Deep Learning, and AI For Filmmaking

Next week’s NAB Show in Las Vegas will mark the debut of a new half-day program to examine the impact of machine intelligence on filmmaking today and in the future. It is part of the Next-Generation Media Technologies Conference and will run Tuesday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

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The program, “Get Ready for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence,” will include six sessions that highlight the various ways machine intelligence is impacting content creation. The panels will explore how machine intelligence can increase productivity, efficiencies and creativity in production planning, animation, visual effects, post-production and localization.  

“Machine and deep learning and artificial intelligence have the potential to dramatically transform content creation,” said Chris Brown, NAB executive vice president, Conventions and Business Operations. “We’re looking forward to hosting some of the industries’ leading creatives and technologists as they reveal how neural networks and other advancements are enabling production techniques previously thought impossible.”

Panelists also will reveal the current capabilities of neural network-based tools, while also seeing the potential of these innovations to alter jobs, workflows and the nature of content itself.

The program will begin with the presentation “The Evolution of Content Production Aided by Machine Learning,” by Usman Shakeel, WW Technical Leader, Media and Entertainment at Amazon Web Services. Jean Bolot, VP, Research and Innovation, Technicolor, will discuss “Optimizing Production With Neural Networks,” while Norman Hollyn, editor and professor, USC School of Cinematic Arts and Todd Burke, principal solutions engineer, Adobe Systems will discuss “How Machine Intelligence Is Transforming Editorial.

Rick Grandy, Sr. Solutions Architect, Nvidia, will kick off the next group of sessions with  “New Frontiers in Animation and Computer Graphics,” while the following session, “From Dailies to Master: Machine Intelligence Comes to Video Workflows” will feature Weyron Enriques, VP of product development at Deluxe Technology, Barbara Ford Grant, SVP, Digital Production Services, Home Box Office, Inc. and Adrian Graham, cloud solutions architect, M&E, Google.

Jeff Kember, technical director, Office of the CTO, Google Cloud, will wrap up the program with “The Future of Content With Machine Intelligence,” discussing where these new algorithms and compute power are likely to take entertainment in the near future.

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