Entries with tag national institute of informatics.

Facial-Recognition Blocking Glasses Designed

Japanese researchers have developed prototype glasses they call a “privacy visor” that are designed to stop users from being detected by hidden cameras using facial-recognition software. Designed by National Institute of Informatics and Kogakuin University researchers, the glasses use a near-infrared light source to create noise that ultimately confuses the software during the facial-recognition process, but the wearer’s vision isn’t impeded. Conventional goggles were augmented with a near-infrared light and power pocket supply. The researchers say the glasses should prevent the “secret and unintentional capture” of a user’s image and subsequent facial recognition, which might be used to obtain other personal information without the user’s consent. (BBC)(National Institute of Informatics)

Japanese Robot to Take University Entrance Exams

Researchers from Fujitsu and Japan's National Institute of Informatics are jointly developing a robot capable of taking the math portion of Tokyo University’s entrance exam. The university’s grueling examination tests prospective students on diverse subjects. The robot’s software will need to process text and formulas on the test into math problems it can solve using a format computers can process. The test typically includes word problems, geometry problems that rely on diagrams, and problems that require test-takers to apply memorized equations. Another challenge is that the problems must be solved quickly and with no mistakes. The researchers hope to have software for the task by 2021. The researchers are readying the robot by having it first take the national entrance exams required of all university-bound students by 2016. Fujitsu said that roughly half of the problems on these types of tests can currently be solved by computers, despite applying advanced algorithms. The goal is to use the technology developed in the creation of intelligent systems able to perform tasks such as self-optimization and other systems analysis. (PhysOrg)(PC World)(Popular Science) 

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