EECS in the Media - Dr Tim Hospedales featured in New Scientist
Scan your doodles to find the perfect matching photo online
A computer program can scan your sketches and search for a photograph that looks just like them which is a step towards a search engine based on drawings, according to computer scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
QMUL’s Dr Timothy Hospedales, who was not involved in the research, says the technology could help catch criminals by searching police image databases using drawings made by criminal sketch artists. Hospedales and his colleagues developed a similar program that can match sketches of shoes and chairs with similar photographs, which they will present next month at the Computer Vision Pattern Recognition conference in Las Vegas. “Maybe you want to express the style with a sketch and then retrieve photos in that style from your favourite online shopping site. It provides a different way to shop,” he says.
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