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posted by martyb on Monday July 06 2015, @11:23AM   Printer-friendly
from the sees-the-moment dept.

Army researchers are improving how computers manage a myriad of images, which will help analysts across the DOD [Department of Defense] intelligence community.

In a new user interface developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Dr. Jeff Hansberger designed and created a system that facilitates the visualization, navigation and manipulation of tens of thousands of images.

Hansberger works at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, or ARL Human Research and Engineering Directorate field element at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. DARPA selected his design earlier this year for its Visual Media Reasoning, or VMR.

The DARPA VMR system aids intelligence analysts in searching, filtering, and exploring visual media through the use of advanced computer vision and reasoning techniques.

http://scienceblog.com/79144/army-researcher-invents-ways-intelligence-analysts-visualize-interact-information/

[Also Covered By]: http://www.engadget.com/2015/07/05/darpa-visual-media-reasoning/


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @11:29AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @11:29AM (#205565)

    looks like the fucking windows 8 start screen

    darpa should stick to what they're good at... developing terminators

    • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @12:19PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @12:19PM (#205586)

      If you want to succeed in the tech industry, remember one thing: hate Windows 8. If you don't hate Windows 8, you'd better find another career, because you're finished, unless you hate Windows 8. Put it on your resume, folks: hate Windows 8. It's a marketable skill, and in fact, the only skill that matters in today's job market: hate Windows 8. Successful people all hate Windows 8. If you want to be a successful person, hate Windows 8.

      • (Score: 2) by aristarchus on Monday July 06 2015, @08:59PM

        by aristarchus (2645) on Monday July 06 2015, @08:59PM (#205840) Journal

        Successful people all hate Windows 8. If you want to be a successful person, hate Windows 8.

        Correlation is not causation! But it can be. You seem to have it backwards here, however.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @03:40PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @03:40PM (#205670)

      You're joking, but DAPRA is responsible for some pretty amazing [alphr.com] and useful technologies, like the internet and GPS.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @03:50PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @03:50PM (#205681)

        Sure, but this time it just looks like they just reinvented thumbnails.

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by khakipuce on Monday July 06 2015, @11:56AM

    by khakipuce (233) on Monday July 06 2015, @11:56AM (#205573)

    Come on! that reads like the most vacuous press release going. This is supposed to be a site aimed a the technically minded, give us some detail other than "DARPA selected something to do better image handling"

    Why is this system so good, what new technologies does it introduce, how is it better than existing? I'm not reading the article if you don't give me a reason to.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @12:11PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @12:11PM (#205581)

      RFTA

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by c0lo on Monday July 06 2015, @12:16PM

      by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Monday July 06 2015, @12:16PM (#205584) Journal

      Mate, you joking aren't you? Of course the details are secret.
      What's not that secret: US has so brilliant students that only 2 working part time managed to solve a problem that US Army had.
      Or... hang on... maybe it suggests that the US Army is so backwards that only 2 students working part time managed to come with something better? (mumble-mumble) I don't know, I don't know

      (grin)

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @12:55PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @12:55PM (#205596)

      Your statements labeling TFS as a VPR are OTM IMHO. DOD'S DARPA & ARL HRED's VMR are A-OK and if you don't agree you're SOL so GTFO. Acronym alphabet FTW!

    • (Score: 2) by frojack on Monday July 06 2015, @11:10PM

      by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Monday July 06 2015, @11:10PM (#205886) Journal

      None of the links seem to point to any significant revaluations.

      Which is exactly what you expect when someone rips off Google images or Bing images and slaps a Secret stamp on it.

      Personally, I don't think there is anything here other than a semi-pirated image sorting and presentation platform.

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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @12:42PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @12:42PM (#205590)

    Finally! AI to find terrorist photos automatically. It's not racial profiling if a computer does it.

    • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Monday July 06 2015, @01:09PM

      by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Monday July 06 2015, @01:09PM (#205604) Journal

      God Bless idiot-proof Army Intelligence

      May as well include in your prayer: "electric candles", "plastic glass", "business ethics", "government worker", "honest broker", "educational television", "Microsoft Works".
      Ah, yes, tomorrow I'll be "working from home".

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  • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Monday July 06 2015, @12:47PM

    I remember hearing of a presumably-DARPA tank recognition program which was AI trained to recognise tanks by feeding it thousands of photos of tanks, and telling it where the tank was. It eventually learnt to recognise ... shadows. Nothing in the press release makes me feel confident it's any smarter than the old one (in particular any claims that its smart).
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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @01:02PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @01:02PM (#205600)

      I remember it learning sunny weather vs other weather. Because the photos of enemy tanks were made under all kinds of weather conditions, while the photos of friendly tanks were all made under the same sunny conditions.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @03:55PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @03:55PM (#205689)

    Looks like a treemap...