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Hawking using his computer interface

September 16, 2015

Escaping the black hole: assistive technology

A few years later I had another health crisis because my oxygen levels were falling dangerously low in deep sleep. I was rushed to the hospital, where I remained for four months. I was eventually discharged with a ventilator, which I used at night. My doctor told Elaine that I was coming home to die. […]

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EPM performance and pruning for the class "riding a bike"

September 15, 2015

Jumpin’ Jack Flash: semantic descriptions of human actions

One interdisciplinary part of computer vision is its intersection with linguistics, in the aspect of semantically describing humans in still images using attributes and actions. This can be used in assistive technologies, but for linguistic research as well, and for automatic description of images using machine learning algorithms. Recent study from IEEE researchers Sharma, Jurie […]

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Kevin Spacey as actor B and Daniel Craig and George Bush as actor A

September 14, 2015

What Makes Kevin Spacey Look Like Kevin Spacey: person recognition

Kevin Spacey has appeared in many acting roles over the years. He’s played characters with a wide variety of temperaments and personalities. Yet, we always recognize him as Kevin Spacey. Why? Is it his shape? His appearance? The way he moves? Researchers from the University of Washington have wondered about person recognition and reconstructed a […]

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MP2-MD description example

September 11, 2015

The hippogriff gently nudges Harry: learning action from movie datasets

Human action recognition is one of key areas in computer vision, due to its applications such as video surveillance, video retrieval and human-machine interaction. The main problem of these uses is for the computer to recognize low-level and high-level activities. Advances in computer vision and machine learning techniques and algorithms have improved over years, including […]

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Original mugshots and retouched versions

September 10, 2015

Smoothed criminals: identifying real faces from retouched mugshots

One of new challenges for face identification system is a problem of the identification of a face from heavily altered facial images. Such a system can be useful in, for example, mugshot identifications for criminal identification. In a recent study, researchers used frontal views and compared them to “photoshopped” ones generated by face transformation online […]

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