When it comes to biometric authorization systems, there are many to choose from – candidates include face recognition, fingerprint recognition, ear recognition, voice recognition, tongue recognition and body odour recognition etc etc. But none is 100% perfect, so there’s always a demand for improvement and innovation. In 2016, a team from the Department of Computer […]
Sheep facial recognition software efforts in New Zealand
Sheep facial recognition software is in the offing, suggests an October 22, 2019 news report in the New Zealand Herald: The world’s first sheep facial recognition software, developed in Dunedin, is set to be prototyped this year. Sheep NN, a project created by artificial intelligence and machine learning company Iris Data Science, has received a […]
Towards an automatic branded-handbag recognition system
“Manufacturing branded handbags is a big business in the fashion world. Shoppers’ feedback showing photos of their purchased handbags in social networks or blogs is important for branding purposes. In this paper, we deal with handbag recognition.” So explain researchers Yan Wang, Sheng Li and Alex C. Kot of the Rapid-Rich Object Search (ROSE) Laboratory, […]
Identical twins’ failings at discriminating each other’s faces
Identical twins are no better than outsiders at recognizing photos of each other’s faces when the photographs are upside down, and sometimes when the photos are rightside-up, says this new study: “Is That Me or My Twin? Lack of Self-Face Recognition Advantage in Identical Twins,” Matteo Martini, Ilaria Bufalari, Maria Antonietta Stazi, Salvatore Maria Aglioti, […]
Making computers better at seeing cats. Dogs, too.
Cats and dogs are among the many objects people are pretty good at recognizing, but computers are not. “Look, this is a cat!” and “Look, that’s a dog!” are cries you are more likely to hear from a person than from a silicon-based computer. (In truth, you are not all that likely to hear people […]
We Recognize Politicians by Their Hair, they say
If we recognize people’s faces, much of that recognition comes from seeing their hair. That’s the gist of a discovery made years ago at MIT. These two studies explain, and give examples. The examples are reproduced below. Each shows a set of two people — an American Vice President and President. In one case, Al […]
Recognitions – part 1 – Where is the nose?
“An important issue in face recognition research is whether faces are recognized on the basis of their individual features or more holistically, on the basis of their overall shape.” To clarify, researchers professor James Tanaka, now at the University of Victoria, Canada, and professor Martha Farah University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, decided to show […]
Chest hair patterns of white males
Pattern recognition is much-discussed topic in both artificial intelligence and psychology. A 1965 medical study performed pattern recognition on the chest hair of white males: “Variations of the hair patterns of the chest of white males,” Laurel Raymond Setty, Journal of the National Medical Association, vol. 57, no. 3, May 1965, pp. 211–4. The author, […]
When is a shoe like a face?
When is a shoe like a face? The answer (or one answer, at least) is in the study: “Statistical Discrimination of Footwear: A Method for the Comparison of Accidentals on Shoe Outsoles Inspired by Facial Recognition Techniques,” Nicholas Dominick Koslap Petraco, Carol Gambino, Thomas A. Kubic, Dayhana Olivio and Nicholas Petraco, J Forensic Sci, Vol. […]
The Pentax Optio I-10 camera includes face detection technology for detecting pet faces, according to Pentax, which has not trumpeted the news but instead mentioned, almost mumbled, it in the device’s lengthy technical specifications: Face detection available: Yes (up to 32 faces in 0.03 sec), Smile Capture, Blink Detection, Pet Recognition (3 faces) (Thanks to […]