Magazine article Corrections Forum

Visualising the Future of Face Recognition

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Visualising the Future of Face Recognition

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Australian IT

Dr. Christoph von der Malsburg of the University of Southern California says that facial recognition technology has made machines "as good as people" in their ability to identify faces based on photographic comparison; this means that computers are ready to be used for facial verification operations, although von Malsburg cautions that verification and identification are distinct processes. He argues that the technology's ability to identify individuals out of large crowds-a goal of law enforcement-will remain an imprecise and unreliable science until a realistic model of the human face, with all of its expressions and nuances, can be rendered. Interestingly, von der Malsburg notes that the most significant progress in this area is being made by the film industry. He explains that, like people, machines must be trained "to find correspondences between [facial images]. …

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