By partnering with Imperial College and the University of Passau, the academic leaders in the fields of sentiment detection from computer vision and audio analysis, we aim to develop computers’ abilities to analyse and understand people’s emotions and behaviours using facial, vocal and verbal analysis.
We want to develop the ability to automatically detect more complex behavioural and affective states than the six basic emotions – whether a person likes or dislikes what they’re seeing, for instance, or whether they’re bored.
We’re leveraging the technologies developed within this project to create predictive models that will lead to adding a human element to programmatic decision-making – an ‘Ad Recommendation Engine’ that matches content to audiences and audiences to content using emotional profiles.
Realeyes Scientific Advisor, Maja Pantic, Professor of Affective Computing at Imperial was interviewed by Charlie Rose on a CBS 60 Minutes report on Artificial Intelligence.
As Maja explains, enabling machines to better understand people adds a human element to data-driven decision-making, ultimately ensuring that computers are better able to make the right decisions.
Equally, emotion-enabled technology could change the way we interact with technology around us – be it our computers, our phones, the music we listen to or the videos we’re watching. Eventually, computers will be better than we are at reading emotions – and able to detect nuances than humans might miss.
We were also awarded an additional grant for the ‘SpeechXRay project’, which focuses on building the next generation audio-visual user recognition platform to be used for authentication purposes, pushing the boundaries of what technology can do for security, privacy and usability
We’ll be using our facial coding technology to detect when someone may be under duress, or when facial movements like chewing or drinking are getting in the way of authentication. The applications of automated facial coding are many and varied and hardly limited to advertising – from health and education to gaming and security. We’re proud to be part of a strong academic community that is constantly working to push the boundaries of what technology can do to improve people’s lives.