Geekspeak: April 30, 2001

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2001-04-30 Print this article Print

CalTech's Moore Lab: Working on 'The Vision Thing'

California Institute of Technology researchers are teaching computers to notice and recognize human faces in scenes, not just in mug-shot poses but in arbitrary orientations.

This photo shows corner and circle feature identifications in a hallway display for the project trippingly titled "Viewpoint-Invariant Detection and Learning of Human Heads," fittingly found while I was taking a shortcut through CalTechs Moore Laboratory. The lab, a gift from Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, is generating plenty of work to occupy next-generation microprocessors.

For publications on this and other work by the CalTech Vision Group, see

Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developers' technical requirements on the company's evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter company's first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.

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