Inflations got nothing to do with it. Since the beginning of time, a picture has always been worth more than a thousand words. But in this age of information proliferation, that reality is the taproot of a vexing problem that Zhongfei "Mark" Zhang, an assistant professor of computer science at Binghamton University, is determined to help solve.
From personal and commercial digital image libraries and multimedia databases to data mining programs and high-tech security and defense surveillance, our need for more efficient and more effective ways to index, retrieve, manipulate and understand complex video or images is pressing. Verbal cues--whether keywords or multiple page abstracts--are just not cut out for the job and neither coercion nor clichés can change that fact, Zhang said.
"Its very difficult to capture the entire content of a picture with any number of words," Zhang said. "And you certainly cant capture an image with a single word or with a few key words. In terms of effectiveness, this is not a good approach."
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