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Interpreting thoughts based solely on a person’s facial expressions is not only intriguing but can be extremely practical in social interactions. The ability can be both instinctive as well as learned, but as is inevitable with all such ‘skills’ ever since Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov, it leads to the question: can such a skill be taught to a computer?
Abhinav Dhall and his team of researchers at the Australian National University in Canberra believe they have the answer in the form of facial recognition software that can analyse a photograph, judge the face and give the picture an overall ‘mood score’.
Presented at the Conference on Multimedia Retrieval in Dallas, Texas, in April 2013, the face recognition system processes the expressions of the face by monitoring the positions of focus areas such as the corners of the mouth and eyes.