Monday, December 19, 2005

Software sees Mona Lisa's emotions

Emotion-recognizing software claims to have answered an age old question: Just what does Mona Lisa's face really say? The answer is that La Gioconda was 83% happy, 9% disgusted, 6% fearful, and 2% angry. The computer program that found the answer used an algorithm developed by Nicu Sebe, from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and was developed in collaboration with the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

The application bases its emotional classification on key facial features, including the curve of the lips and the crinkles around the eyes. A database of neutral expressions compiled from young females was used in comparison with the famous da Vinci painting to come up with the emotion ratings.

This type of technology, once it's further advanced, could be used to allow a computer to gauge the emotions of its user and react accordingly.

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