Ready for the ViSmedia conference 2018?

Watching in the Media 2018

Ready for the ViSmedia conference 2018? This year’s theme is “Watching in the Media”, and you are invited to a day filled with exciting news on media and new technologies.

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Date: Tuesday March 20th, 2018
Venue: Aula, University of Bergen
Conference Host: Øyvind Vågnes

At the conference, Watching in the Media will be highlighted from many perspectives. We will learn about digital surveillance in the attention economy, and explore hidden implications of Snap-mapping and outdoor VR experiments. We will also get an investigative glimpse into image sharing and revenge porn.

Moreover, we will get insights into automated content synthesis and its implications for journalism: What happens when images, videos and audios are put together not by humans, but by robots? These issues will be accompanied by a session on automating empathy in human-robot communication.

In an interactive panel debate, watching in the media will be highlighted in surprising ways. This session will be moderated by Kjetil Dale, host in TV2 News Channel.

”By illuminating polarities of watching and being watched, we want to prompt some important new debates,” says Professor Astrid Gynnild, leader of the research project ViSmedia at Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen.

The conference is a free, collaborative event of ViSmedia and NCE Media; everyone interested in visual technologies, surveillance and the news is welcome to attend —  in particular, journalists, researchers, tech developers, students, and media teachers. The conference will last from 0900 to 1600. More info to come.


09.00 — 10.00 Registration, coffee/tea, fruits and vitamin shots

10.00 — 10.10 Opening Session by Dag Rune Olsen, Rector, University of Bergen (EN)

10.10 — 10.30 Why Watching in the Media? By Astrid Gynnild, Professor, University of Bergen and Principal Investigator, ViSmedia (EN)

10.30 — 11.00 Digital Surveillance in the Attention Economy by Paul C. Adams, Professor, University of Texas, Austin, USA (EN)

11.00 — 11.15 Coffee break with fruits

11.15 — 11.30 Snap-Mapping — Network Buildups or Spies in the Skies by Maren Myrseth, Journalism Student, University of Bergen (EN)

11.30 — 12.00 Image Sharing as Revenge Porn by Håvard Kristoffersen Hansen, Journalist, VG (NO)

12.00 — 13.00 LUNCH

13.00 — 13.30 Neural Networks and Automated Content Synthesis (Image-Video-Sound) — Implications for Journalism by Nicholas Diakopoulos, Associate Professor, Northwestern University, USA (EN)

13.30 — 13.45 VR-Experiments in Journalism Education by Joakim Vindenes, PhD-student, University of Bergen (EN)

13.45 — 14:00 Coffee/tea break  with nuts and dried fruits

14.00 — 14.30 Automating Empathy and some Human Implications by Deborah G. Johnson, Professor, University of Virginia, USA (EN)

14:30 — 15.00 Watch and be surprised

15.00 — 16.00 Hot topics: Interactive Panel with Nicholas Diakopoulos, Lars Nyre, Deborah G. Johnson and Maren Myrseth. Discussion Host: Kjetil H. Dale, TV 2 (EN)