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EmoPy: A Machine Learning Toolkit For Emotional Expression

Angelica Perez
Posted by Angelica Perez
Thursday, 6 September 2018

I recently led a project team at ThoughtWorks to create and open source a new Facial Expression Recognition (FER) toolkit named EmoPy. The system produces accuracy rates comparable to the highest rates achievable in FER, and is now available for anyone to use for free.

Working with Sofia Tania (left) and Karen Palmer (right) to create EmoPy
Working with Sofia Tania (left) and Karen Palmer (right) to create EmoPy

This article explains how the EmoPy system is designed and how it can be used. It will examine the architectures and datasets selected, and illustrate why those choices were made.

Industrial Robotics and Human Movement: New Experiments

Posted by the Residency Team
Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Interactions between humans and robots are becoming increasingly ubiquitous. Questions naturally emerge about the how human-robot communications can be understood, now and in the future.

A preview of Catie Cuan’s new piece ‘OUTPUT’

Where does communication flow, and where are there ‘gaps’? Further, what is not said in human-robot interactions? Movement and gesture are vital aspects of HRI, often making up shades of unspoken meaning.

Recognizing Human Facial Expressions With Machine Learning

Angelica Perez
Posted by Angelica Perez
Thursday, 23 August 2018

Machine learning systems can be trained to recognize emotional expressions from images of human faces, with a high degree of accuracy in many cases.

Image by Tsukiko Kiyomidzu
Image by Tsukiko Kiyomidzu

However, implementation can be a complex and difficult task. The technology is at a relatively early stage. High quality datasets can be hard to find. And there are various pitfalls to avoid when designing new systems.

How Art Programs Drive Innovation at ThoughtWorks

Andrew McWilliams
Posted by Andrew McWilliams
Thursday, 28 June 2018

Artists working with emerging technologies frequently generate new insights on the future of culture, industry and society.

Cyborg artists Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas during their residency at ThoughtWorks
Cyborg artists Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas during their residency at ThoughtWorks

At ThoughtWorks we regularly engage with artists, collaborating on cutting edge technology projects, and enriching the perspectives we bring to our clients. Our recent explorations have taken us on journeys into cyborgism and transhumanism, bias in machine intelligence, movement in robotics, and more.

How Artists Are Reshaping Emerging Technology Research

Andrew McWilliams
Posted by Andrew McWilliams
Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Waves of technology-driven change now regularly disrupt industry, culture and society. The challenge of navigating this turbulence grows increasingly complex, requiring deep examination of overlapping trajectories in search of hidden insights.

TEDxVilnius: How art & technology predict the future

Research of this kind necessitates synthesis from varied disciplines, viewpoints and areas of expertise. However as the speed of change accelerates, new forms of collaboration are required — forms capable of producing original, far-reaching perspectives from the cutting edge of cultural and technological transformation.

Robotics Artists Begin Their Residencies at ThoughtWorks

Posted by the Residency Team
Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The robotics artists Adrianne Wortzel and Catie Cuan have begun their dual residencies at ThoughtWorks.

Adrianne has been exploring the expressive potential of the non-humanoid MekaMon, manufactured by Reach Robotics. During her residency, Adrianne will be initiating a project to develop a social and psychotherapeutic tool for nonverbal expression through gesture.

Karen Palmer: The Film That Watches You Back

Posted by the Residency Team
Friday, 25 May 2018

In her TED talk, former resident Karen Palmer discusses the inspiration behind her immersive, emotionally responsive film RIOT.

Karen begins the presentation with a simple question, ‘how would you respond in a riot situation?’ This is the question she asked herself beginning in 2014 as she watched riots unfold across the world.