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High-Level Overview:

The goal of our project was to write a function that allowed students to "fix" pictures before uploading them to Facebook. Due to the time constraints of the project, we decided to define "fix" as altering a picture so that if one casually glanced at it, they would not be able to tell that it had been changed. Below are two figures that demonstrate this casual glance test.

Figure 1:


Figure 2:


It is visually obvious that Figure 1 has been "fixed" to produce Figure 2. Looking closely at Figure 2 alone, it is also blatant that many of the "fixed" objects look slightly strange and out of place. This imperfection is intended. Our goal was not to make the "fixed" picture look perfect, but to make it look passable if viewed briefly when scrolling through countless Facebook pictures. This way, if a student’s relative or future employer finds their Facebook page, they will not find any suspect pictures while scanning over the thousands of tagged photographs. In addition to this casual glance limitation, we also decided to only remove red cups from pictures. There are simply too many suspect items that college students can be holding these days, and identifying them all would be absolutely impossible. Thus we decided to only identify red solo cups as a “proof of concept.” This decision was made because red cups are fairly easy to identify with their red base and white top.

The function we used to “fix” pictures can be broken down into two key processes: first we identify the red cups in the picture, and then we replace them with more appropriate items.


We start the identification process using a process called template matching. First, we create a bank of template images that we wish to use to identify red solo cups. This image bank contains a variety of red solo cups with different backgrounds, angles, hands holding them, etc. The reason for such a broad range of templates will be explained later in this module. Then, one by one, we use each template image to identify red solo cups in the target image. This is done by shifting the template across the target image, and computing the sum of products at each position. This sum of products, otherwise known as the cross-correlation, between the template and the selected portion of the target image represents how closely the template and the selected portion match. This process is shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3:


If the calculated correlation is above a certain threshold, we save the location and size of the template and identify this position as a red solo cup. This process is shown is Figure 4. Once a template image has been shifted across all possible positions in the target image, the size of the target image is reduced and the shifting starts over. This re-scaling method is repeated until the template is the same size of the target image. The reason for re-sizing will be discussed later in this module.

Figure 4:


Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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