Identifying the Famous Faces of Art

University of California Riverside researchers plan to use a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to utilize facial recognition technology to help identify the unknown subjects in famous paintings.

According to an article by Bettye Miller in UCR Today, the research project, "FACES: Faces, Art, and Computerized Evaluation Systems", will utilize existing state-of-the-art facial recognition technology - generally developed for 3D-to-3D comparisons - and refine it to work with 2D images.

The researchers involved with the project are Conrad Rudolph, professor of art history; Amit Roy-Chowdhury, associate professor of electrical engineering and an expert in computer-based analysis of images and videos; and Jeanette Kohl, associate professor of art history.

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