Prof. Dr. Tobias Scheffer is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Potsdam. He received his doctoral degree from Technische Universität Berlin in 1999. He has headed machine learning research groups at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, and the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science in Saarbrücken, Germany. His group’s research focuses on application-oriented machine-learning research. Together with Asaphus Vision, his group explores new algorithms for yet better-performing, more robust and efficient face recognition.
With his filmmaking collaborators, he lays out an elegantly organized timeline of critical moments in the psyche of a city whose star was rising even as it was rattled by gang warfare and the prevalence of crack. Through the reminiscences of witnesses and survivors, he gives the collision of crime, fear and ultra-aggressive policing new urgency and dimension. Like journalist Jill Leovy's indispensable book Ghettoside , Let It Fall is an astute portrait of Los Angeles and, in turn, American racial politics, viewed through the prism of the legal system and its effect on lives — a work that's troubling and illuminating and shattering in its compassion.