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PRDCSG participated in TechInnocation 2017


PRDCSG had a presence at TechInnovation 2017, a technology-industry brokerage event organized by IPI Singapore at Sands Expo & Convention Centre on 19-20 September 2017, to exhibit 12 posters featuring technologies such as artificial intelligence, autonomous driving, data analytics, wireless communications, etc.  In addition, PRDCSG made a crowd-pitching presentation on “Face Recognition and Person Re-Identification”. 


Joint collaborations with I2R: achieved the No. 2 position at MEC 2017 plus a paper accepted at ICMI 2017 (September 14th, 2017)


In collaboration with the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), PRDCSG achieved the No. 2 position in the audio-visual emotion recognition sub-challenge of the Multimodal Emotion Recognition Challenge (MEC) 2017.  The challenge (*1) is aimed at the comparison of multimedia processing and machine learning methods for automatic audio and visual emotion analysis. 

 

Apart from this achievement, collaborating with I2R, PRDCSG also co-authored a paper titled “Audio-Visual Emotion Recognition using Deep Transfer Learning and Multiple Temporal Models”. 

 

The paper, having been accepted at ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI) 2017 (*2), presents the techniques used in our contribution to Emotion Recognition in the Wild (EmotiW) 2017 under the audio-video-based sub-challenge, the purpose of which is to classify the six basic emotions (angry, sad, happy, surprise, fear and disgust) and neutral.

 

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* Jointly organized by Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Science (CASIA), Technical Committee of Artificial Psychology and Artificial Emotion of Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAAI), Technical Committee of Human-Computer Interaction of China Computer Federation (CCF) and the Association for the Advancement of Affective Computing (AAAC)

 

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* ICMI 2017 to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, on 13-17th November 2017 is a premier international forum for multidisciplinary research on multimodal human-human and human-computer interaction, interfaces, and system development.


Paper accepted at NIPS2017 and another paper at CoR2017 (September 6th, 2017)


PRDCSG, collaborating with Assistant Professor Feng Jiashi of the National University of Singapore (NUS), co-authored a paper1 titled “Dual-Agent GANs for Photorealistic and Identity Preserving Profile Face Synthesis” that has been accepted at the Conference and Workshop on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) 2017, a machine learning and computational neuroscience conference.  This year, NIPS, a top-rated annual conference with a 22% acceptance rate in most cases, will be held in Long Beach, USA, from December 4th through December 9th, 2017.

 

Moreover, PRDCSG, in collaboration with Professor David Hsu of NUS, co-authored a paper2 titled “Intention-Net: Integrated Planning and Deep Learning for Autonomous Navigation” that has been accepted at the Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL) 2017, a new annual international conference focusing on the intersection of robotics and machine learning.  This year’s CoRL will be held in Mountain View, California, USA, from November 13th through November 15th, 2017.  Despite being its first-ever event, CoRL has invited a lot of interest from reputable sponsors (with Panasonic being one of the Gold sponsors), famous speakers (such as Yann LeCun, a computer scientist well known for Deep Learning) as well as keen attendees in the fields of robotics, autonomous perception and control.

 

The publication of the two papers upholds PRDCSG’s mission to promote Panasonic’s technologies at top conferences of respective fields.

 

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  • paper1: proposes a Dual-Agent Generative Adversarial Network (DA-GAN) model which can improve the realism of a face simulator’s output using unlabelled real faces, while preserving the identity information during realism refinement.  The dual agents are specifically designed for distinguishing real vs. fake and identities simultaneously. 

     

  • paper2: proposes a single unified framework that connects model-based planning and deep learning for autonomous navigation, via an interface named intention to encode where robots would go in the near future. 


Acceptance of two papers by ICCV’17 Workshop on MS-Celeb-1M: Recognizing One Million Celebrities in the Real World (August 17th, 2017)


PRDCSG, collaborating with the National University of Singapore (NUS), co-authored two papers that have been accepted by ICCV (International Conference on Computer Vision*) 2017 Workshop on MS-Celeb-1M: Recognizing One Million Celebrities in the Real World, which will be held in Venice, Italy, on October 28th, 2017.

 

The two papers are titled: "High Performance Large Scale Face Recognition with Multi-Cognition Softmax and Feature Retrieval" and "Know You at One Glance: A Compact Vector Representation for Low-Shot Learning", which, respectively, correspond to Challenge 1 and Challenge 2 of the MS-Celeb-1M, in which we achieved the No.1 position in both competitions.

 

* A premier international computer vision event


Panasonic tops MS-Celeb-1M Challenges (July 19th, 2017)


PRDCSG, in collaboration with the National University of Singapore (NUS), has achieved the No. 1 position in MS-Celeb-1M Challenge 2017 , which is organized by Microsoft, for both Challenge 1 and Challenge 2.  The results are in alignment with our mission to promote Panasonic’s outstanding Face Recognition technology worldwide.

 

In Challenge 1, the task is to recognize one million celebrities from their face images and identify them by linking to unique entity keys in a knowledge base.  This task introduces very large-scale face recognition with disambiguation.

 

In Challenge 2, the task is to solve problem of low-shot face recognition where the number of images available for training is limited.

 

(Reference links)

The general website:

http://www.msceleb.org/

 

The leaderboard for challenge 1:

http://www.msceleb.org/leaderboard/iccvworkshop-c1

 

The leaderboard for challenge 2:

http://www.msceleb.org/leaderboard/c2

 


PRDCSG Achieving the World’s Top Best Accuracy for Face Recognition


In collaboration with the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Innovation Center of Connected Solutions of Panasonic Corporation, PRDCSG has recently developed face recognition technology that has achieved the world’s Top Best Accuracy for Face Recognition by benchmarking the dataset covering all the conditions taken in the surveillance market, the dataset of which is provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

 

Official NIST reports: NUS-Panasonic top leaderboards of IJB-A Face Recognition challenges

On 28th April 2017, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the United States Department of Commerce has officially updated results of the IJB-A Face Recognition challenges in its reports.  The information including the reports can be found at:

https://www.nist.gov/programs-projects/face-challenges.

The reports show that “NUS−Panasonic−032917” tops the leaderboards of both Face Verification (1:1) and Face Identification (1:N), leading the next best result by significant margins.

The “NUS−Panasonic−032917” results were the fruits of PRDCSG’s partnership with the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Panasonic CNS-IC.

PRDCSG will continue enhancing our core competency in this area, aiming to not only maintain our lead in IJB-A Face Recognition challenge but also participate in other NIST challenges.


The ITS Summit Singapore 2017 @Marina Bay Sands (12-13 April 2017)


PRDCSG partook in a 2-day Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) Summit Singapore 2017, which attracted more than 300 delegates, industry partners and speakers from the Asia Pacific countries.  At this summit, we showcased our initiatives in autonomous automotive technologies and solutions as well as our efforts to accelerate Singapore’s Autonomous Vehicle landscape.  

 

Not only that, our booth was visited by government and industry leaders, CTOs, and experts from the Land Transport Authority (LTA), National Research Foundation, Smart Nation Programme Office and big players like ST Kinetics, Intel, HPE, NCS, QI, etc.  They were impressed with PRDCSG’s computer vision and Deep Learning capabilities, in addition to the applicability of our technologies. 

 

Moreover, PRDCSG’s rare appearance as an exhibitor surprised the visitors pleasantly, thus sparking their interest and curiosity to have follow-up and in-depth discussions with us.  In the past recent years, PRDCSG has been creating awareness of our R&D strengths in Singapore’s growing digital landscape and will further bolster our presence in the ecosystem of Autonomous Vehicles.


1-day Design Thinking Workshop @Singapore Polytechnic (December 21, 2016)


We believe creativity is an essential skill for our members trying to make a difference in their work at PRDCSG. At this, in collaboration with LWC-S (Live Well Collaborative Singapore) which is based at Singapore Polytechnic, PRDCSG organized a one-day design thinking workshop for PRDCSG’s members on December 21, 2016. Run by LWC-S to offer PRDCSG’s members the chance to be exposed to Design Thinking, the workshop was a fun-filled one-day crash course in design thinking through which PRDCSG’s members learned how to unlock their creative potential and enhance their capacity for driving innovation within PRDCSG.


IPBC Asia 2016 @Shanghai, China (December 4-6, 2016)


PRDCSG-IPG attended the IPBC Asia (held in Shanghai on December 4-6, 2016), which is one of the leading events in the IP industry.  IPBC Asia attracted top IP executives of global companies to gather and take center stage to discuss issues about the global IP development with a focus on how IP owners can strategically utilize their IP assets, especially in Asia.  Same as last year, this year too, Panasonic was honoured as one of the “Asia IP Elites” for successful drive in creating IP value through many IP monetization and licensing deals concluded in the past year.  It is an award that heralds Panasonic’s success in leveraging the patents as a strategic business asset. 


Deep Learning Summit Asia @SG 2016 (October 20-21, 2016)


Members from PRDCSG and various Panasonic divisions and centres in Japan attended the Deep Learning Summit Asia, which presented a great opportunity for us to gain new perspectives on approaches to technical advances in deep learning and smart AI, as well as new forms of creativity in the new technological era. It also provided us with new opportunities for business networking with other participants.

To date, the Deep Learning Summit Asia @SG 2016 is the 7th global Deep Learning Summit, and the first in Asia. It brought together industry leaders, CTOs, founders, research scientists, and entrepreneurs to explore the latest advancements and methods employed in deep learning, ranging from speech/text/image recognition to big data.

Speakers in the summit included representatives from companies and institutions such as NVIDIA, Yahoo Japan, UC Berkeley, Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Advanced Digital Sciences Center (ADSC), Google Brain, lloopp, just a few to name. They demonstrated the impact of deep learning revolution on various real applications including communications, manufacturing, healthcare and transportation.

The next Deep Learning Summit Singapore is scheduled to take place on April 27-28, 2017.


TechInnovation @SG 2016 (September 20-21, 2016)


PRDCSG partook in TechInnovation 2016 as one of the exhibitors to appeal to local collaboration through crowd-sourcing and crowd-pitching. TechInnovation has been a technology-industry brokerage event organized by IPI Singapore since 2012. It serves as a platform to bring together international and Singapore technology providers and seekers to explore technology and business collaboration opportunities through open innovation, and this year it successfully attracted over 2,700 participants from about 40 nations. At this, PIPM (Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.), as PRDCSG’s co-exhibitor, hit a great success in attracting many enquiries and interests in their technology offer through licensing, while IPG of PRDCSG gained extensive exposure and further established a presence in the local technology market.


IP Week @ SG 2016 (August 22-24, 2016)


The Intellectual Property Group (IPG) of Panasonic R&D Center Singapore (PRDCSG) participated, as one of the exhibitors, in IP Ecosystem Fair, which is a part of the IP Week @ SG 2016 events organized by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) from August 22nd to 24th. 2016 marked the fifth run of IP Week in Singapore and attracted over 1,000 participants from close to 30 countries, including government officials, leaders from the IP community as well as global business partners to grace the occasion, and offer their insights into the latest trends and developments in IP. While providing abundant networking opportunities among the exhibitors and participants, the fair also serves as a one-stop platform for the ‘Best of Class’ IP intermediaries and service providers to showcase their service offerings.