Software puts images on the map

  June 23/30, 2008
An image processing system can tell where in the world any given outdoor photograph was taken with an accuracy 30 times better than chance. The system works by matching pictures to the more than 6 million images on Flickr that are tagged with GPS data.

The system could help with environmental, economic and political analysis of photographs.

Research paper:
IM2GPS: Estimating Geographic Information from a Single Image
IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Anchorage, Alaska, June 20 4-26, 2008

Researchers' homepages:
James Hays
Alexei Efros

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Further info:
IM2GPS project page
How It Works -- Pattern Recognition: computers and human communications
View From The High Ground -- GMU's Harry Wechsler

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