Technologies: Getting the Picture
report examines the current state of pattern recognition technologies,
organizes key issues and puts them in context, and succinctly explains
how the technologies work.
Because the ability to recognize patterns is so ingrained,
it seems easy. But attempts to program a computer to pick out individual
words from the continuous flow of noise we call speech, to recognize
the difference between a green apple and a tennis ball, to tell
the difference between a female and male face, or to paraphrase
a sentence have shown that pattern recognition is a sophisticated
Combine the ability to recognize objects and data patterns
with a computer's fast computational abilities and round-the-clock
hours, however, and you have the means to automatically organize
mountains of video and audio, greatly improve the human-computer
interface, and enable high-level security.
Pattern recognition is also intrinsic to computer vision,
network intruder detection, forgery detection, biometrics, next-generation
computer interfaces and automatic paraphrasing, translation and
The report includes an executive summary, a list of 21 developments
to look for as these cutting-edge technologies take shape, and a
section of 29 researchers to watch, including links to their Web
pages. It also includes a quick tour of 29 recent developments in
eight areas and a section of 27 in-depth news stories from TRN.
The stories are organized into eight categories: data, multimedia,
computer vision, security, interfaces, language processing and neural
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stories, including 6 images
Table of Contents:
Seeing things our way
Where things stand
Approaches to pattern recognition
Keen eye for the numbers
Genes — an ocean of data
Catch my meaning
More than words
Learning from the brain
How It Works
of a recognizer
To supervise or not to supervise
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