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Faces and Computer Science

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Facing up to faces

For people just back from the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2011, we hope you had a fun time viewing all the exhibits and learning about new and interesting develoments. This page is dedicated to the exhibit on facial perception that was presented by Queen Mary University of London and University College London.

Those of you unable to attend the exhibition, have you ever wondered if it would be possible to, one day, have robots that could understand our emotions and intentions in order to then help us carry out everyday tasks? Do you know how it is possible that we can recognise, describe and understand faces?

Computer Science research based around faces is giving possible answers to these questions, along with other promising opportunities. This is a very active and interesting field as researchers have different views and methods behind how faces could be processed.

Below are links to articles, some of which are contained within issue 13 of the CS4FN magazine and others which give further information on the facial perception topic area. Download the pdf of issue 13 from here.

Go exploring

compass Enter face space

Fingers feeling focus

hand Perceiving faces using hands

Something special in the brain

xray How our brains process faces

The digital age

finger Aging and faces

Can you trust a smile?

sign What makes a genuine smile?

Your future check mate

chess A robot that helps teach chess

How to get a head in robotics

robot Emotion expressed by robots

Tick-tock, a magic clock

clock The magic clock trick

That illusionary smile

masks The Thatcher illusion

Changing the face of the Earth

clifface Origins of our continents

Back (page) to front

davinci A back to front experience