New tool that can identify human emotions
14 November 2015, Nirapad News: Microsoft has come up with a new tool that can identify human emotions in pictures. Recent advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence have made this possible. What does the person feel? Sad? Anger? Something else? The software can “read” into the emotion. The special tool was announced at Microsoft’s Future Decoded conference in the UK. The Microsoft Project Oxford team is behind the new tool.
Fundamentally they are telling developers that this Microsoft Project Oxford Emotion API will allow them to build more personalized apps, with Microsoft’s cloud-based emotion recognition algorithm. The Microsoft Project Oxford page tells developers that “Microsoft’s cutting edge cloud-based emotion recognition algorithms let you build more personalized apps. The API identifies emotions in the wild based on facial expressions that are universal.”
Using machine learning, the Emotion API can distinguish among eight emotions: happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, disgust, fear, contempt and neutral, based on facial expressions.
The Project Oxford team explained more about the tool. “The Emotion API takes an image as an input, and returns the confidence across a set of emotions for each face in the image, as well as bounding box for the face, using the Face API. If a user has already called the Face API, they can submit the face rectangle as an optional input.” Also, “In interpreting results from the Emotion API, the emotion detected should be interpreted as the emotion with the highest score, as scores are normalized to sum to one. Users may choose to set a higher confidence threshold within their application, depending on their needs.”