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OxDeg: Face values in computer vision: research goals, ethical issues and technical limitations in facial recognition

Date & Time:
16.30 - 18.00,
Wednesday 16 May, 2018


Facial recognition has made fundamental advances in recent years, but popular understanding of its capabilities lags behind the state of the art. While researchers have begun to make use of it in areas as diverse as anthropology and art history, there are few guidelines on the ethics of facial recognition in either research or the public sphere, nor is there a general understanding of what it can achieve. This paper will outline some of the uses and misuses of computer vision in current and recent practice.

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  • Name: Giles Bergel
  • Affiliation: Digital Humanites Research Officer, Faculty of Engineering Science
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  • Bio: Giles Bergel is Digital Humanities Research Officer in the Visual Geometry Group in the Department of Engineering Science, where he supports the application of computer vision technology to humanities datasets and digital cultural heritage collections