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Micro Perceptual Human Computation for Visual Tasks

Yotam Gingold

Monday, February 06, 2012, 12:00pm - 07:00pm

Rutgers University, Department of Computer Science, Columbia University, Department of Computer Science

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Human computation (HC) utilizes humans to solve problems or carry out tasks that are hard for pure computational algorithms. Many graphics and vision problems have such tasks. Previous HC approaches mainly focus on generating data in batch, to gather benchmarks or perform
surveys demanding non-trivial interactions. We advocate a tighter integration of human computation into online, interactive algorithms. We aim to distill the differences between humans and computers and maximize the advantages of both in one algorithm. Our key idea is to decompose such a problem into a massive number of very simple, carefully designed, human micro-tasks that are based on perception, and whose answers can be combined algorithmically to solve the original problem.

We present three specific examples for the design of Perceptual Micro-HC algorithms to extract depth layers and image normals from a single photograph, and to augment an image with high-level semantic information such as symmetry.

Yotam Gingold