Advances in Artificial Intelligence: Human and Non-Human Gesture and Action Recognition

Prof. Fabio Cuzzolin, Head of Artificial Intelligence and Vision at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, United Kingdom participates in Risk Roundup to discuss “Advances in Artificial Intelligence: Human and Non-Human Gesture and Action Recognition”.



How would we define and describe man-machine or a machine-machine interface and why is it relevant to understanding Artificial Intelligence? Mediator between human (and non-human users) and machines, a man-machine or machine-machine interface, is basically a system that takes care of the entire human-non-human communication process. It is responsible for the delivery of the machine or computer knowledge, functionality and available information, in a way that is compatible with the end-user’s communication channels, be it human or non-human. It then translates the user’s (human or non-human) actions (user input) into a form (instructions/commands) that is understandable by a machine.

When increasingly complex Artificial Intelligence based systems, products and services are rapidly emerging across nations, the necessity for more user friendly man-machine or machine-machine interface is becoming increasingly necessary for their effective utilization, and consequently for the success that they were designed for.

Artificial Intelligence has come a long way. Over the years, graphical user interfaces, audio based interaction, speech synthesis and understanding, natural languages, direct manipulation, multimodal interaction dialogues, ergonomics as well as human factors evaluation have all contributed to the evolution of more powerful, more complex and more demanding man-machine and machine-machine user interfaces.

Having said that, as traditional computers give way to tablets, smartphones, internet of things, internet of nanothings and more, the need for symmetric communication between, we the humans and non-humans and different forms of computers (non-humans: AI based Robots and more) is becoming absolutely essential.

Advances in Artificial Intelligence have reached a point where different forms of computers or machines are not just receivers of human instructions but collaborators. When Artificial Intelligence based computers, machines or robots are now able to harness a full range of natural modes that includes language, gesture, facial and other expressions and actions that are hands-free and non-visual are becoming more important than ever.

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About the Guest

Fabio Cuzzolin was born in Jesolo, Italy. He received the laurea degree magna cum laude from the University of Padova, Italy, in 1997 and the Ph.D. degree from the same institution in 2001, with a thesis entitled “Visions of a generalized probability theory”. During his doctoral term he worked at the Autonomous Navigation and Computer Vision Laboratory at the University of Padova. He has been researcher in the Image and Sound Processing Group of the Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy, and postdoc with the UCLA Vision Lab at the University of California at Los Angeles, California. He was Marie Curie fellow with the Perception project at INRIA Rhone-Alpes, Grenoble.
He is with the Department of Computing of Oxford Brookes University since September 2008. He is a Reader there since September 2011, and has taken on the role of Head of the Artificial Intelligence and Vision research group in September 2012.
His research includes computer vision applications like gesture and action recognition, object pose estimation and identity recognition from gait. His main field of investigation remains however that of generalized and imprecise probabilities. In particular, he has formulated a geometric approach to uncertainty measures, focusing mainly on the probabilistic approximation problem, and studied the notion of independence of sources from an algebraic point of view.
He is the author of some 80 peer-reviewed publications, published or under review, including 2 monographs, 3 book chapters, 16 journal papers (+ 6u/r), 9 chapters in collections.
He is member of IEEE since 2001, and member of the Society for Imprecise Probabilities and Their Applications, member of the Board of Directors of the Belief Functions and Applications Society (BFAS), and was part of the Technical Programme Committe of some 50 international conferences. He is Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems and of the IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems.

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