Scientists from Florida Atlantic University on Boca Raton, Xin Guan and Hanqi Zhuang, have developed a computer algorithm that analyzes two-dimensional pictures of faces and renders the face as a three-dimensional picture, according to a Sify News article.
The technology looks at the viewing angle and lighting in a regular image to pull out the necessary data to recreate the image as a three-dimensional model.
Guan and Zhuang believe their new algorithm could be a huge leg up for facial recognition systems as they are used in identity management, information security and homeland security programs.
While they have focused on the technology’s capability to reduce false negatives in facial recognition systems and used in conjunction with surveillance to better identify and search for missing persons, other non-security alternatives have been discussed as well such as the ability to render deceased actors with computer graphics to insert them into modern works.
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