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AIs That Deblur Faces Could Make People on CCTV Easier to Identify

By New Scientist

September 11, 2019

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins University and Adobe have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that can automatically deblur photographs of people's faces.

The program could be used to improve facial recognition on long-distance surveillance images, such as those taken from a drone.

The researchers trained the AI program by providing it with thousands of both clear and blurry photos of people's faces. In each picture, different facial features were labelled, such as the eyes, nose, and mouth.

In addition, the AI was trained to deblur individual features such as skin and hair, and then combine the deblurred features into a final clear photo.

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