7th International Visual Informatics Conference 2021

23 - 25 November 2021
Online Conference

Supporting Image Search: A Compelling Application for Vision Processing

BY Prof. Alan F. Smeaton

Computer vision and multimedia information processing have made extreme progress within the last decade and many tasks can be done with a level of accuracy as if done by humans, or better. This is because we leverage the benefits of huge amounts of data available for training, we have enormous computer processing available and we have seen the evolution of machine learning as a suite of techniques to process data and deliver accurate vision-based systems. What kind of applications do we use this processing for ? We use this in autonomous vehicle navigation or in security applications, searching CCTV for example, and in medical image analysis for healthcare diagnostics. One application which is not widespread is image or video search directly by users. In this paper we present the need for such image finding or re-finding by examining human memory and when it fails, thus motivating the need for a different approach to image search which is outlined, along with the requirements of computer vision to support it.

Prof. Alan F. Smeaton
Professor, Founding Director

Professor, Founding Director
Insight Centre for Data Analytics,
Dublin City University,  Ireland

Alan F. Smeaton completed his PhD at University College Dublin and moved to Dublin City University where he has been a Full Professor of Computing since 1997. He has been Executive Dean of Faculty and Head of the School of Computing (twice). His research output includes more than 700 publications with more than 18,800 citations and a h-index of 68. He is an elected member of the Royal Irish Academy and an Academy Gold Medal Winner, a Fellow of the IEEE and winner of several awards and prizes including the Mark Everingham prize, the Niwa-Takayanagi prize and the Strix award. He is a founding Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics which has 400 researchers across 4 Universities in Ireland and is the largest non-capital public research award ever given in Ireland. In 2018 he has stepped back from his executive role in directing this in order to concentrate on teaching and research. He is a regular contributor to Irish and international media with several media “pieces” each year on radio, TV, news and online, in Ireland and internationally and on topics usually around Artificial Intelligence.

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