Google improves smile recognition algorithm accuracy with demographic classifiers

Google researchers have discovered a way to improve the company’s smile detection algorithms across genders and races, which reaches a state-of-the-art 91 percent on the Faces of the World dataset, according to a research paper published on arXive (PDF). Technology Review reports that this represents a 1.5 percent improvement over the previous best accuracy. The researchers used four racial and two gender classifications to improve accuracy while preserving privacy, according to the paper. Their method involves utilizing transfer learning and

Onfido adds new talent in key executive roles

As Onfido scales into new global markets, the company has added new talent in key executive roles including Kevin Trilli as Chief Product Officer, Andy Wilde as Chief Technical Officer, Andy Leaver as Chief Revenue Officer and Lila Tretikov is joining as an Independent Board Director. The new team members join the five-year-old company as it enters its next stage of growth, having recently raised a Series C round of $30m. These latest senior hires will provide guidance as Onfido

Applied Recognition achieves new benchmark for face recognition accuracy

Applied Recognition, Inc. has achieved the 0.2 percent threshold for Cross-Over Error Rate (CER) in testing against the FERET dataset maintained by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for facial recognition systems evaluation. The CER is observed when a technology is configured in a manner that its ‘false positive rate’ is equivalent to its ‘false rejection rate’, providing an accurate measure of face recognition technologies’ efficacy. “This latest advance in accuracy will further broaden the number of

NIST scientists develop algorithm that automates key step in fingerprint analysis

Scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Michigan State University have developed an algorithm that automates a key step in the fingerprint analysis process, according to their findings which are published in IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. “We know that when humans analyze a crime scene fingerprint, the process is inherently subjective,” said Elham Tabassi, a computer engineer at NIST and a co-author of the study. “By reducing the human subjectivity, we can make

mSIGNIA granted three machine learning patents for authentication, data protection

mSIGNIA has been received three additional patents including two by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Patent No. 6095691 by the Japanese Patent Office. As a result, mSIGNIA now has a total of five patents for innovation in authentication, cryptography and data protection since its first patent was granted in 2014. U.S. Patent No. 9,559,852 is a continuation of mSIGNIA’s earlier Digital Biometric patents that use machine learning to identify users and recognize devices in a consumer friendly and

UnifyID raises $20M for its authentication technology

Digital authentication startup UnifyID recently completed a $20 million Series A investment led by NEA with additional investments from Andreessen Horowitz, Stanford-StartX and Accomplice Ventures for its machine learning technology which authenticates users based on data collected from a smartphone, according to a report by Techcrunch. UnifyID combines machine learning, behavioural biometrics, and continuous authentication by using data collected on a smartphone’s sensors (such as an accelerometer and a GPS) to build an understanding of who the user is, the person’s

BrainChip set to drive sales of AI-based video analytic solutions

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies developer BrainChip Holdings announced that Thomas Stengel has joined the company as Vice President of Americas Business Development. Stengel’s appointment comes as the company launches BrainChip Studio, a commercially available integrated software suite for pattern and facial recognition analytics. Stengel is responsible for driving sales of BrainChip’s spiking neural network AI technology into OEM partners and end users in the video surveillance, server, and storage markets in the Americas. “Artificial intelligence and neural

Facial recognition technology coming to police body cameras

Motorola Solutions will soon add machine learning capabilities to its police body cams, which will help officers find objects and missing people, according to a report by Engadget. The body cam developer is currently working on a prototype device with deep learning startup Neurala, which recently integrated its software with drones to identify poachers in Africa. According to a report in Defense One, Neurala founder Massimiliano Versace has created patent-pending image recognition and machine learning technology similar to other machine

WSU researchers using body cams, biometrics and machine learning to improve policing

Criminal justice experts at Washington State University (WSU) are developing new technology comprised of advanced scientific tools and techniques to improve police–community relations, officer training and public safety, according to the university’s website. Researchers at the university’s new Complex Social Interaction (CSI) laboratory are using body-worn cameras, data analytics, biometrics and machine learning to examine the various factors that influence interactions between police and community members. The research team, led by David Makin, assistant professor of criminal justice and criminology,

Gemalto launches machine learning-based fraud prevention solution for banks

Gemalto is releasing the Gemalto Assurance Hub, a machine learning-powered fraud prevention solution for online banking that analyzes the profile and the behavior of customers in real time. The platform only activates additional authentication measures when required, providing a seamless user experience. The solution comes amid the growing occurrence of cyberattacks against online banking services, as well as financial institutions requiring to comply with emerging banking regulations such as Revised Payment Service Directive (PSD2) and Federal Financial Institution Examination Council