Memory-based Graphics: A New Technology For Visual Interfaces And Interactive Visualization

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1993
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
19703
Agency Tracking Number:
19703
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
14 Imperial Place, Suite 203, Providence, RI, 02903
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Steven Librande
(401) 831-2672
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
This project is based on a novel computer graphics technology for man/machine interfaces that relies on machine learning techniques, neural-like networks, and object recognition IU techniques. The key idea is to use a few "example" views of an object or person, to teach the computer to generate other views, under user control. WIth our technology we will develop an interactive (multimedia) interface that will enable the computer to communicate with the user with facial expressions and possibly synthesized speech. The technology advance is based on developments at M.I.T. of a new technique for learning from examples (the "HyperBF network"), partly under DARPA and ONR funding, and to its specific application to computer graphics and animation (Poggio and Brunelli, Patent Application No. 7-819767 and Poggio and Librande, MIT Case No. 5831S). The technology is closely related to work at MIT in Professor Poggio's group on object recognition, which combines classicial computer vision and networks for learning. ANTICIPATED BENEFITS: The main applications of the technology are to create new man/machine interfaces and enhance the images found in electronic documents, such as computer manuals and reference materials. Other applications that will benefit from this technology are virtual reaility simulations, interactive multimedia and very-high compression teleconferencing.

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