WIRED VOL.18 STAR WARS ISSUE
Meet the Legend vol.4
The “vision” of the vision
Professor Takeo Kanade is a computer scientist who has conducted many pioneering studies in the field of 'computer vision', in other words, the eyes of robots, or image recognition. Kanade is one of the researchers who has received the greatest amount of research funding from DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency).
Computer vision is an important technology behind self-driving cars, which has made remarkable strides in technological development recently. Astonishingly, Professor Kanade was the first to conduct a successful experiment to travel about 3000 miles across the US, from Pittsburgh to San Diego, by a computer controlled car in 1995.
What I covered:
I introduced the scientist Takeo Kanade’s extensive research from the birth of computer vision to smartphone’s facial recognition system.
Why I covered:
This WIRED’s feature is the Star Wars. Like many robots (droids) appear in the film to help characters, in modern society, people's lives are supported by a great number of 'robot eyes'.
How did I cover it:
In collaboration with the WIRED editors, I conducted an interview and researched Kanade's papers closely. I wrote a biography on Professor Kanade's career in a four-page article.