15 seconds of fame - the use of computer vision in a modern art installation

Franc Solina, University of Ljubljana

15 seconds of fame” is an interactive art installation which elevates the face of a randomly selected observer for 15 seconds into a “work of art”. The installation was inspired by Andy Warhol’s statement that “In the future everybody will be famous for 15 minutes” as well as by the pop-art style of his works. The critical part of the installation is detection of faces which enables the cropping of faces from the wide-angle images of people standing in front of the installation. The method for color-based face detection which must be reliable in different illumination conditions and scenes will be described as well as the Internet dissemination of the resulting portraits.

Speaker Biography

Franc Solina is a professor of computer science at University of Ljubljana and Head of Computer Vision Laboratory at the Faculty of Computer and Information Science. He received a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1979 and 1982, respectively, and a Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. His research interests include range image interpretation, 3D shape reconstruction, panoramic imaging, and applications of computer vision in the arts.