PICNIC07: Future Technology Trends, Nikolaj Nyholm

This is an introduction to work at Polar Rose, inspired by growth of photo sharing sites online. Flickr doubles in size every 8 months - how do we manage this data?

Polar Rose does facial recognition. Traditionally this needed a very controlled environment. Extracts 3D data from 2D image and computes lighting sources (much like the PhotoSynth guys yesterday, I'm guessing). There's a lot of data in faces: we can work out whether a face is male or female quite accurately.

It's a plugin for Firefox, highlighting faces and asking them to be recognised. During the beta phase they're gathering face data. Getting into indexing video too.