Software reads faces for comprehension

  July 7/14, 2008
Software that automatically recognizes facial expressions measures how difficult people perceive a lecture to be and the pace they'd prefer the material to be delivered. A prototype system automatically adjusts the speed of a video presentation based on the viewer's facial expressions.

The system promises to tailor learning materials to individual students, provide lecturers with feedback and improve human-robot interaction.

Research paper:
Measuring the Perceived Difficulty of a Lecture Using Automatic Facial Expression Recognition
CVPR 2008 (IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition), Anchorage, Alaska, June 24-28, 2008

Researchers' homepages:
Jacob Whitehill
Marian Bartlett

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Further info:
How It Works -- Pattern Recognition: computers and human communications

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