Date
18 October 2017
The breakthrough face recognition technology uses a computer model that simulates the human nervous system under different conditions. Photo: CUHK
The breakthrough face recognition technology uses a computer model that simulates the human nervous system under different conditions. Photo: CUHK

HK scientists create super accurate face recognition model

Scientists at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) have developed the world’s most advanced face recognition technology that is accurate nearly all of the time.

The team, led by professors Tang Xiaoou and Wang Xiaogang, had been working on the project for 10 years before achieving the breakthrough this year, Apple Daily reported Thursday.

The technology uses a computer model that simulates the human nervous system, making face recognition up to 99.15 percent accurate, the report said.   

The team collected 200,000 pictures of celebrities from the internet and used a database of human faces to simulate conditions under different light intensity, facial expressions and shooting angles.

By comparison, Facebook recently updated its user picture database by collecting up to 500 million photos and achieved 98 percent accuracy, the report said. 

Wang expects the new system to be available for commercial application in three years.

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