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The Top Image Datasets and Their Challenges

In previous posts of mine I have discussed how image datasets have become crucial in the deep learning (DL) boom of computer vision of the past few years. In deep learning, neural networks are told to (more or less) autonomously discover the underlying patterns in classes of images (e.g. that bicycles are composed of two […]

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The Early History of Computer Vision

As I’ve discussed in previous posts of mine, computer vision is growing faster than ever. In 2016, investments into US-based computer vision companies more than tripled since 2014 – from $100 million to $300 million. And it looks like this upward trend is going to continue worldwide, especially if you consider all the major acquisitions […]

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Football/Soccer on Your Tabletop

Well, it’s World Cup season now, isn’t it? Australia got eliminated this week so I’m feeling a bit depressed at the moment. However, seeing teams like Germany also not make it past the group stage makes me feel a little better (sorry German people reading this post :P). But since the World Cup is on, […]

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Recent Controversies in Computer Vision

Computer vision is a fascinating area in which to work and perform research. And, as I’ve mentioned a few times already, it’s been a pleasure to witness its phenomenal growth, especially in the last few years. However, as with pretty much anything in the world, contention also plays a part in its existence. In this […]

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Computer Vision in the Fashion Industry – Part 3

In my last two posts I’ve looked at computer vision and the fashion industry. I introduced the lucrative fashion industry and showed what Microsoft┬árecently did in this field with computer vision. I also presented two papers from last year’s International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV). In this post, the final of the series, I would […]

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Computer Vision in the Fashion Industry – Part 2

In my last post I introduced the fashion industry and I gave an example of what Microsoft recently did in this field with computer vision.┬áIn today’s post, I would like to show you what the academic world has recently been doing in this respect. It’s interesting to follow the academic world because every so often […]

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Computer Vision in the Fashion Industry – Part 1

(image source) Computer vision has a plethora of applications in the industry: cashier-less stores, autonomous vehicles (including those loitering on Mars), security (e.g. face recognition) – the list goes on endlessly. I’ve already written about the incredible growth of this field in the industry and, in a separate post, the reasons behind it. In today’s […]

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Generating Heatmaps from Coordinates

In last week’s post I talked about plotting tracked customers or staff from video footage onto a 2D floor plan. This is an example of video analytics and data mining that can be performed on standard CCTV footage that can give you insightful information such as common movement patterns or common places of congestion at […]

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Mapping Camera Coordinates to a 2D Floor Plan

Data mining is a big business. Everyone is analysing mouse clicks, mouse movements, customer purchase patterns. Such analysis has proven to give profitable insights that are driving businesses further than ever before. But not many people have considered data mining videos. What about all that security footage that has stacked up over the years? Can […]

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Computer Vision on Mars

I was doing my daily trawl of the internet a few days ago looking at the latest news in artificial intelligence (especially computer vision) and an image caught my eye. The image was of one of the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) that landed on the Red Planet in 2004. Upon seeing the image I thought […]