UCLIC Seminar: Computer Vision, Facial Recognition and Face as Interface

Speaker: Giles Bergel, Oxford U.
UCL Contact: Aneesha Singh (Visitors from outside UCL please email in advance).
Date/Time: 23 Jan 19, 15:00 - 16:00
Venue: 66-72 Gower Street - Room 4.05


Computer vision is increasingly ubiquitous. This talk will, first, outline the state of the art in computer vision, demonstrating a number of open-source tools and resources developed as a result of colllaborations within the digital humanities. It will then outline some of the problems and potential benefits with facial recognition. While facial recognition is increasingly being deployed in public and in private, little attention has been paid to its uses beyond authentication. The talk will outline some critical issues with facial recognition as a mechanism for authentication, including privacy and fairness concerns, before considering the potential of the face as an interface with computer systems.

Giles Bergel

Giles Bergel is a digital humanist who divides his time between the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford where he supports humanities research projects that employ computer vision, and UCL, where he teaches in the Department of Information Studies. His research focusses on the digitisation of books, photographs and other media and on digital methods for analysing images and texts.