Face recognition and new ways to search the archive

Face recognition and new ways to search the archive by Rob Cooper

Internet Research & Future Services have been working with Oxford University to open up new ways to search archives.

One of the most frustrating tasks in TV research is looking for the perfect political quote. Precious hours can be lost as you search through a pile of news, interview or conference footage, looking for a needle in a haystack.

R&D’s Internet Research and Future Services team think recent advances in face recognition technology could assist with this painstaking work. New techniques allow the rapid search of digitised material and the retrieval of just those moments where a chosen subject is on screen.

We’ve been assisting Professor Andrew Zisserman’s team at Oxford University with their exciting research into the rapid retrieval of faces from large-scale archives.

If you’re the sort of person who likes to dive straight in, you can play with a live prototype here (best to use with Chrome):

Source: BBC R&D Blog

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