Sunday, August 12, 2007

'Google of Image Searching' with a little help from Grid!

Imense Using Grid to Become 'Google of Image Searching'
Looking for images on the Internet can be a frustrating business. Whether you want the perfect sunset over the sea or the London skyline by night, you’re dependent on people to describe the images on their Web pages. Now, Imense Ltd, a high-tech Cambridge start-up, has announced new investment to help them become the "Google of image searching," using Imense's revolutionary technology. To test its software, they’ve made an unexpected partnership with a group of particle physicists using a massive computer grid.

Cambridge Ontology's technology makes content-based retrieval of images as easy and powerful as the search for text documents on the Internet. Our technology combines state-of-the-art computer vision with machine learning, natural language processing, and information retrieval methods to give an incomparable search experience.

The system automatically labels semantic visual content in images. Our cutting edge computer vision and visual classifiers allow the system to recognise a wide range of visual categories (e.g. grass, sky, sunset, beach etc.), as well as to spot and interpret faces.

Our technology allows a user to type a plain text query to search large image collections for images with matching visual content.

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