UCLIC Research Seminar Series

UCLIC Research Seminar 23rd January: Giles Bergel (University College London) on "Computer vision, facial recognition and the face as interface"
Giles Bergel, UCL

Title

UCLIC Research Seminar 23rd January: Giles Bergel (University College London) on "Computer vision, facial recognition and the face as interface"

Abstract

Computer vision is increasingly ubiquitous. This talk will, first, outline the state of the art in computer vision, demonstrating a number of open-source tools and resources developed as a result of colllaborations within the digital humanities. It will then outline some of the problems and potential benefits with facial recognition. While facial recognition is increasingly being deployed in public and in private, little attention has been paid to its uses beyond authentication. The talk will outline some critical issues with facial recognition as a mechanism for authentication, including privacy and fairness concerns, before considering the potential of the face as an interface with computer systems.

Biography

Giles Bergel is a digital humanist who divides his time between the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford where he supports humanities research projects that employ computer vision, and UCL, where he teaches in the Department of Information Studies. His research focusses on the digitisation of books, photographs and other media and on digital methods for analysing images and texts.