March 2004

Pattern Recognition Technologies: Getting the Picture
40 pages

This report examines the current state of pattern recognition technologies, organizes key issues and puts them in context, and succinctly explains how the technologies work.

Because the ability to recognize patterns is so ingrained, it seems easy. But attempts to program a computer to pick out individual words from the continuous flow of noise we call speech, to recognize the difference between a green apple and a tennis ball, to tell the difference between a female and male face, or to paraphrase a sentence have shown that pattern recognition is a sophisticated task.

Combine the ability to recognize objects and data patterns with a computer's fast computational abilities and round-the-clock hours, however, and you have the means to automatically organize mountains of video and audio, greatly improve the human-computer interface, and enable high-level security.

Pattern recognition is also intrinsic to computer vision, network intruder detection, forgery detection, biometrics, next-generation computer interfaces and automatic paraphrasing, translation and language understanding.

The report includes an executive summary, a list of 21 developments to look for as these cutting-edge technologies take shape, and a section of 29 researchers to watch, including links to their Web pages. It also includes a quick tour of 29 recent developments in eight areas and a section of 27 in-depth news stories from TRN.

The stories are organized into eight categories: data, multimedia, computer vision, security, interfaces, language processing and neural networks.

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Report Sections

Executive Summary:
260 words

Main Report:
3,365 words

How It Works:
946 words

In-Depth Stories:
27 stories, including 6 images

Table of Contents:

Main Report
Understanding the world
Seeing things our way
Where things stand
Approaches to pattern recognition
Keen eye for the numbers
Genes an ocean of data
Seeing things
Digital watchdogs
Catch my meaning
More than words
Learning from the brain
Making sense

How It Works

Anatomy of a recognizer
To supervise or not to supervise
The technologies
Mimicking biology

In-Depth Story Categories
Data Multimedia
Computer vision
Language processing
Neural networks

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