Presentation: Unsupervised Facial Recognition Database

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The IEEE Consumer Electronics Society, Santa Clara Valley, is hosting Dr. Albrecht Rothermel, a distinguished lecturer from Germany, on the evening of September 25th in the HP campus in Cupertino.

The newest cameras now have face recognition, but they don't yet let you find all the pictures of your best friend amongst the thousands of files you have. Meantime, automated surveillance is used to spot everyone from card cheats at casinos to someone with much more sinister intentions.

A face recognition system has been designed, which requires no interaction at all. The system detects persons, defines whether the persons are known already or not, and either updates the existing database of known persons, or establishes a new database if a new person is detected.

Distinguished lecturer Professor Albrecht Rothermel is flying in from Germany to explain how such a system works. The talk is hosted by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Consumer Electronics Society, Santa Clara Valley Chapter.

The talk will be given on September 25, 2007, 6:30 PM, in the Oak Room (Building 48), on the Hewlett Packard campus, 19447 Pruneridge Avenue Cupertino, CA 95014. The event is open to everyone.

About Dr. Albrecht Rothermel - From 1985 to 1989, he was with the Fraunhofer Institute of Microelectronic Circuits and Systems. From 1990 to 1993, he was with Thomson multimedia, Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany, working on digital video signal processing concepts, and later managing the IC design laboratory. Also he managed in the European JESSI project AE 10. Since 1994, he has been with the Institute of Microelectronics, University of Ulm, Germany, as a Professor of Electrical Engineering. He was a guest scientist at Thomson Indianapolis, USA, at the Edith-Cowan University in Perth, WA, and at the Shandong University, China.

Dr. Rothermel has published more than 60 papers, 15 granted patents. He received a 1985 outstanding young scientist award of the German VDE, a 1991 outstanding publication award of the German GME, a 2003 award for remarkable cooperation between industry & university, and the 2006 best paper award of the IEEE ICCE. He is in the program committees of ESSCIRC, ICCD, and ICCE, and as associate editor of the IEEE JSSC. He is member of the German Society of Electrical Engineers (VDE), the German TV and Cinema Technology Society (FKTG), and senior member of the IEEE.

About IEEE Consumer Electronics Society - the Santa Clara Valley chapter hosts monthly meetings on topics that pertain to consumer electronics. Meetings are usually on the fourth Tuesday evening of the month on the HP campus in Cupertino. More details may be found at


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