Emotion Recognition Software

Mona lisa photo from flickrBBC News once reported that the painting of Mona Lisa was analyzed by a University of Amsterdam computer using “emotion recognition” software. The result showed that she was “83% happy, 9% disgusted, 6% fearful and 2% angry”. Now, how cool would it be if we are all able to get our hands on that software? Just imagine what we can use it for. You can analyze some photos of your spouse or partner and see what their emotions were when they were taking photos with you. ;-)

GladOrSad.com will launch this September 2007 and will be available to the public. It is a coorperation between ilse media and University Van Amsterdam to bring similar emotion recognition software to the public.

How does it work?

When we smile, frown or grimace, thousands of tiny facial muscles are at work. Emotion-recognition software, or ERS, creates a 3-D face map, pinpointing 12 key trigger areas like eye and mouth corners.

Then a face-tracking algorithm matches the movements to six basic expression patterns, corresponding to anger, sadness, fear, surprise, disgust and happiness, or a mixture of them.

I’ll wait for the launch and see if it’s worth a review. There are photos of Bush, Michael Jackson and Ronaldinho analyzed by the software. Do check it out and have a good laugh.


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