The Robotics Institute

RI | Seminar | September 22, 2006

Robotics Institute Seminar, September 22, 2006
Time and Place | Seminar Abstract | Speaker Biography | Speaker Appointments

Fast and Accurate Face Tracking

Iain Matthews

Systems Scientist

Carnegie Mellon University


Time and Place

Mauldin Auditorium (NSH 1305)
Refreshments 3:15 pm
Talk 3:30 pm


The computer vision community and industry have made great progress on face detection and recognition.  The current popular approaches are now mostly based on single image analysis using sliding detection windows and boosted classifiers.  They work impressively well for frontal face images. However, there are many more adjuvant application areas for facial analysis if we are able to accurately locate and describe faces in real-time through video sequences.  This allows analysis of what a face is "doing", rather than just where it is and who it belongs to. This is a more appealing and difficult problem and the subject of this talk.

Speaker Biography

Iain Matthews received both PhD and BEng in Electronic Engineering from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.  His thesis work on Audio-Visual Speech Recognition (computer lipreading) was featured in the Times (UK) newspaper, the Sunday Times, New Scientist, on the BBC World Service radio, and Brazilian television.  There was no particularly good reason for this, and he now has a healthy disrespect for the media.  Iain came to CMU in 1999 as post-doc in HCII and then transferred to the Robotics Institute where he is now a Systems Scientist.

Speaker Appointments

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The Robotics Institute is part of the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University.