Cutting edge tech to fight War on Terror developed at UofL


Posted on February 6, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 7 at 10:20 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Cutting edge technology used in the war on terror is being developed at the University of Louisville.

Robots greet you when you walk through the doors of the Computer Vision and Image Processing Laboratory.

The lab is complete with cameras, computers and other technology used in facial scanning and facial recognition.  It has been dubbed the future of surveillance.
A person’s age, posture, facial illumination and expression are all factors that comprise a ‘faceprint.’  

The surveillance tool of facial recognition is being developed to help catch and monitor potential terror suspects by recognizing faces.

Surveillance video was used to help catch suspects after the Boston bombings and, eventually, terror suspects could be caught by cameras that recognize them before disaster strikes.

Aly Farag is the head of the UofL project and he said it is basically for security purposes because someone needs to be watching.
The research at UofL is focusing on recognizing faces from a distance and it is technology that could be used to keep places safe, places like nuclear power plants and schools.

But with any surveillance technology comes concerns about privacy and the researchers said they don’t develop their technology blindly.  Other uses for the technology are being tested, such as assisting the elderly.

Thermal imaging can assist nursing home employees and patients by helping detect and communicate pain or cold.
The facial recognition technology can even help robots to identify children’s faces, enabling robotics to be introduced into classroom settings.
Children with autism can perhaps greatly benefit from robotic instruction, as studies show they respond better to simple commands with fewer facial expressions.
WHAS11 reporter, Rachel Platt, has the complete story, and even gets her own ‘faceprint.’ Click the player to check it out.