A group of West Virginia University faculty and students led by Guodong Guo, associate professor of computer science and electrical engineering, placed third in the world, first in the nation in ChaLearn’s apparent age challenge.

The challenge was part of the 2015 Looking at People International Conference of Computer Vision. Guo was joined by Guowang Mu, a visiting professor from Hebei University of Technology in Tianjin, China. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources student Yu Zhu, a computer science graduate student, and Yan Li, a visiting student, also participated in the challenge.

The team used two high-performance computers and worked for more than four months to complete the challenge, in which they performed apparent age estimations from 5,000 face still images. The challenge uses the first state-of-the-art database for apparent age recognition rather than real age recognition.

The team will accept their award – a cash prize, travel stipend and a NVIDIA Tesla Accelerated-Computing Platform – at the ICCV workshop on December 12, in Santiago, Chile.

“This is truly a significant achievement as there are many participants from world-wide institutions that participate,” said Guo. “Our students received great experience from this challenge and we are proud of the research we were able to accomplish.”



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