FACIAL SURFACE IMAGING IN BEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENT

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 13574
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1992
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Us Control Systems Corp.
1532 Old Okeechobee Rd #103, W Palm Beach, FL, 33409
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Peter J Brandenburg
 (407) 640-0445
Business Contact
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Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
A COST-EFFECTIVE VIDEO IMAGE ANALYSIS SYSTEM WILL BE DEVELOPED, USING A STANDARD PERSONAL COMPUTER TO PROVIDE A COMPREHENSIVE SET OF MEASUREMENTS FROM THE FACE FOR USE IN STUDYING EMOTIONS AND OTHER PSYCHOLOGICAL PROCESSES. ITS OPERATION INVOLVES DIGITIZING VIDEOTAPE RECORDINGS OF THE FACE AND AUTOMATING DETECTION OF FEATURES NECESSARY FOR APPROPRIATE SCORING AND ANALYSIS. MEASURES TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE FINAL SYSTEM COULD ULTIMATELY INCLUDE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF FACIAL EXPRESSION, EYE MOVEMENTS, SKIN COLOR AND HUE, TEMPERATURE, AND PULSE WAVE AMPLITUDE AND FREQUENCY. THIS PRODUCT WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING ADVANTAGES: (1) IT WILLPROVIDE FOR ASSESSING A COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF FACIAL ACTIVITY THAT IS EITHER CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE OR REQUIRES THE USE OF EXPENSIVE EQUIPMENT AND TECHNIQUES; (2) IT WILL ENABLE RESEARCHERS TO RECORD, NONINTRUSIVELY, THE FULL RANGEOF MEASURES IN NATURAL AND LABORATORY ENVIRONMENTS; (3) IT WILL PERMIT AUTOMATED MEASUREMENT OF FACIAL MOVEMENTS, RELATIVE TO CURRENT PROTOCOLS; (4) IT WILL STANDARDIZE MEASUREMENT TECHNIQUES; AND (5) IT WILL HAVE A LOW COST. ALGORITHMS FOR FEATURE IDENTIFICATION AND SCORING WILL BE DEVELOPED AND VALIDATED. PERFORMANCE WILL BE EVALUATED TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THE SYSTEM CAN IDENTIFY LANDMARKS AND DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN VARIOUS FACIAL EXPRESSIONS. IN PHASE II, THE FULL SYSTEM WILL BE IMPLEMENTED, USING INEXPENSIVE PERSONAL COMPUTER AND VIDEO COMPONENTS.

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