Resources >‏ In the Media >‏ Latest News Details

Latest News Details

Computer vision research aims to identify overweight people from social media face photos

Publication Date:
16/03/2017
Category:
In the Media
overweight-experiment-pic.jpg



Researchers from MIT and the Qatar Computing Research Institute have developed a novel new facility in the current rush of interest towards computer vision – an algorithm that can identify overweight individuals based on their social media photos.

The paper Face-to-BMI: Using Computer Vision to Infer Body Mass Index on Social Media outlines how the team, led by Enes Kocabey, used a Reddit-derived image dataset developed by the Visual BMI Project to teach a computer how to understand facial topology that seems to indicated above-average Body Mass Index (BMI).

The dataset (consisting of 4206 faces in relatively arbitrary angles to camera) derives from a series of ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures of people who have undertaken weight-loss regimes, isolating just the facial elements from the resulting photos, in order to establish some idea of baselines beyond which increased BMI might be indicated in the average person.

The researchers acknowledge the risk of perpetuating existing stereotypes when approaching this kind of qualitative assessment model, observing that “as African Americans have higher obesity rates in the US population, an automated system might learn a prior probability that increases the likelihood of a person to be labeled as obese simply based on their race.”

Nonetheless the tools developed are anticipated as more useful for studying blocks of populations rather than individuals – not only because of the ethical considerations that the scientists acknowledge, but because of the controversy around using BMI at a very granular level to assess individuals.

To read full news click here.


Follow Us

  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • RSS Feed
  • Linkedin
  • github-web.png
Back to Top

In the Media

BBC newshack pic.jpg

QCRI team wins SUMMA BBC #NewsHack 'Best Audience Experience' prize

13/12/2017

Congratulations to Ahmed Ali, Yifan Zhang and Fahim Dalvi for winning the prize of the “Best Audience Experience” category at the news hack hosted by SUMMA and BBC in London on 21-22 November with ...

Read More

Neural networks MIT.jpg

Reading a neural network’s mind

12/12/2017

Neural networks, which learn to perform computational tasks by analyzing huge sets of training data, have been responsible for the most impressive recent advances in artificial intelligence, ...

Read More

CSAIl image october 2017 story.JPG

CSAIL hosts annual meeting highlighting innovative collaboration with QCRI

10/10/2017

This year CSAIL celebrates five years of collaboration with the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), an esteemed research institute that’s part of Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Doha. This ...

Read More

Events

2017

after school pic.JPG

QCRI's Creative Space launches free after-school computing courses for teenagers

Download ICS File 01/11/2017  - 20/12/2018 ,

We offer an App Inventor Course in Arabic for students aged 13-15 and an Arduino Programming Course in English for students aged 14-18. Courses are free. Please register quickly as places are limited.

Read More

Past Events

Summer Camp 2.jpg

QCRI conducts first summer computing camps for kids

Download ICS File 16/07/2017  - 27/07/2017 ,

Children and teenagers have been given a rare chance to develop their computing skills with world-class computing scientists at the first summer computing camp conducted by the Qatar Computing ...

Read More

CS 1.jpg

QCRI’s Creative Space holds Open House event for kids

Download ICS File 20/05/2017 ,

The Qatar Computing Research Institute’s new Creative Space, which conducts fun activities to teach children computing skills, has successfully held its first Open House event. About 100 children ...

Read More

News

Jim Jansen pic preferred.jpg

Research by QCRI's Jim Jansen among most influential of decade: top journals

13/12/2017

QCRI Social Computing group's principal scientist achieves rare honor.

Read More

yelena pic.JPG

#Halal now a lifestyle definition on Instagram

29/11/2017

The word “halal” is no longer being defined only in a religious context but is becoming a lifestyle term associated with health and fashion around the globe, a new study of Instagram posts led by ...

Read More

Dr. Mokbel.jpg

QCRI’s Mohamed Mokbel named Distinguished Scientist by world’s largest computing society ACM

21/11/2017

Chief scientist among only 43 scientists globally - and the only one from the Middle East - to be selected for the honor in 2017.

Read More