Project Explores 3-D Face Recognition

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Dan Lau said his approach represents a divergence from many face-recognition techniques that are based on algorithms to achieve identification. Instead, his system uses sensors in new ways for greater accuracy in identifying subjects.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 29, 2004) -- The University of Kentucky’s Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments is using laser and infrared cameras and projectors to produce three-dimensional computer images that will be useful in the nation’s homeland-security efforts.

Researchers on the project, led by UK electrical engineering assistant professor Dan Lau, are exploring ways to use special cameras and projection devices to create accurate 3-D face-recognition methods that could be used in airports and other facilities.

The project is among several to receive federal funding as announced last week by Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers. UK is collaborating with Western Kentucky University and the University of Louisville on the $650,000 project.

Lau’s work explores the way laser and infrared cameras and projectors can offer precise measurements of facial features and contours to facilitate face-recognition technology in security-sensitive areas.

Lau said his approach represents a divergence from many face-recognition techniques that are based on algorithms to achieve identification. Instead, his system uses sensors in new ways for greater accuracy in identifying subjects.

The project is one to two years from fruition, but initial working versions will be expensive, Lau said. “It’s a question of spending the time and pulling everything together,” he said.


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