银河水滴获2018财富中国创新大赛年度四强

2018年《财富》全球科技论坛于2018年11月30日在广州落幕。从百余家创新公司中脱颖而出的12强公司登上《财富》舞台,向全世界的科技创新精英展示产品和理念。中国领先的专注于计算机视觉和视频大数据分析的人工智能企业——银河水滴获得年度四强。银河水滴全球领先的步态识别技术以及该技术所展现的广阔应用场景得到了专家评委的一致好评。

银河水滴创始人兼CEO黄永祯表示:“银河水滴致力于以全球领先的步态识别技术为平安城市护航,以先进的视频大数据分析技术为智慧交通提速,以独特的小样本视觉检测技术为工业互联网赋能,将充分释放人工智能的技术优势,不断打磨更多优秀的产品服务社会。”

银河水滴于2016年6月由中科院自动化所孵化,联想等机构投资。团队在计算机视觉领域,已有20多年的技术积累,拥有全球最先进的步态识别技术和领先的工业视觉技术。成立以来,银河水滴在人工智能产业化落地方面积极探索,目前已形成智慧安防、智能工业检测、智慧轨道交通三大战略板块,相关解决方案已经广泛应用于为安防、交通、制造、家居、机器人等行业。

此前,银河水滴还发布了多款拥有独立自主知识产权的重磅产品:通过步态识别技术在海量视频中快速进行目标人物检索和身份识别的银河水滴步态检索智能一体机“水滴神鉴”,这是全球首款步态识别商用产品;可替代工人对地铁轨道与隧道等完成智能化巡检的银河水滴轨道交通综合智能检测车“水滴智检”,这是中国首台小型化轨道交通综合智能监测车;银河水滴智能安检分析仪也同时发布;银河水滴工业视觉平台“IndustryAI”的工业视觉检测算法将面向工业用户三年免费开放,大幅降低智能工业检测算法门槛,提升中国工业检测的智能化水平。

业内人士认为,银河水滴多款商用产品的推出和商业应用的落地,意味着步态识别进入商用发展的快速通道,步态识别或将迎来比肩人脸识别的新风口,银河水滴作为步态识别领域的领军企业,有望发展成为新一代独角兽。

2018财富中国创新大赛年度四强

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银河水滴工业视觉检测技术斩获阿里巴巴创新大赛创新奖

日前,由广东省人民政府与阿里巴巴集团联合举办的“广东省工业制造大数据创新大赛”在广东省佛山市南海区广发金融学院落下帷幕。银河水滴专注于智能工业检测业务的子公司——中科水滴科技(深圳)有限公司斩获大赛创新奖。

据悉,银河水滴独特的小样本视觉检测技术——通过对跨行业、跨领域小样本深度学习进行深入研究,可实现不需副样本或只需极少副样本的视觉检测建模,对于肉眼无法检测到的微小瑕疵仍能实现毫秒级的实时检测,这一核心技术获得评委的高度认可。

现场,银河水滴相关负责人介绍了银河水滴智能工业检测业务产品与技术优势以及应用情况。银河水滴基于领先的计算机视觉技术与独特的小样本视觉检测技术,打造了银河水滴工业视觉平台“IndustryAI”。银河水滴创始人兼CEO黄永祯曾宣布, “IndustryAI”的工业视觉检测算法将面向工业用户三年免费开放,算法将全面涵盖工业视觉应用的四大类别——定位引导、尺寸测量、异常检测和识别分类,将工业数据采集与标注、模型训练、部署应用等算法相关环节标准化。

此外,银河水滴还打造了和“IndustryAI”软件平台相匹配的线下检测生产线,集成各种常用的成像设备和自动化执行机构,为用户省去了算法软件和硬件设备接口不一致的麻烦,配合开放的视觉检测算法,为制造行业提供先进的软硬件一体化视觉检测方案。

广东省作为我国制造业发展重地,有着非常好的工业基础和商业资源。随着以深度学习为代表的人工智能技术的迅猛发展以及传统工业产业结构的调整需求,广东省政府十分重视利用先进智能技术为制造业进行产业赋能,充分挖掘工业制造大数据的价值,从而帮助更多企业进行智能化升级转型,实现降本、提质、增效的总体目标。

阿里巴巴集团作为大赛的主办方之一,也十分注重人工智能技术在工业制造领域的落地和发展。作为2018广东云栖大会的重要内容之一,本次大赛旨在发掘全球先进的智能制造应用成果,促进广东智能制造产业发展。其中,应用创新赛以阿里云天池作为唯一竞赛平台,以工业智能制造为主题,在全国范围内征集智慧工业创新方案。中科水滴科技(深圳)有限公司经历了应用创新赛初赛、复赛的层层选拔,顺利冲入总决赛并斩获大赛创新奖。

银河水滴再次登陆央视《机智过人》 通过步态精确识别四胞胎

10月27日晚8点,《机智过人》第二季在央视1套综合频道精彩播出,全球步态识别领导者、新锐人工智能企业——银河水滴第二次登上这个人工智能现象级节目。韩雪、鲁白八十岁的步态究竟什么样?戴着面具的八位舞者中,四胞胎都分别是哪一个,能被准确识别么?这都考验着银河水滴步态识别技术一年来是否有较大进步。

在上一期,银河水滴步态识别技术技惊四座,战胜《最强大脑》记忆大师袁梦,成功从10个身高体型相似的人中识别出目标“嫌疑犯”、从21只体型毛色相似的金毛犬及剪影中识别出目标金毛犬,被图灵奖得主姚期智称赞“机智过人”。

一年来,银河水滴继续不懈努力在技术和商业化方面都取得了巨大突破:

技术方面, 银河水滴是全球唯一步态识别商业化企业,拥有全球最先进的步态识别技术和全球最大的步态数据库,跨视角步态识别精度高达94%,居全球首位。目前,银河水滴步态识别技术可对2K高清摄像机下50米外的目标人员进行360度全视角识别。

商业化方面,10月26日,银河水滴发布了多款拥有独立自主知识产权的重磅产品:通过步态识别技术在海量视频中快速进行目标人物检索和身份识别的银河水滴步态检索智能一体机“水滴神鉴”,这是全球首款步态识别商用产品;可替代工人对地铁轨道与隧道等完成智能化巡检的银河水滴轨道交通综合智能检测车“水滴智检”,这是中国首台小型化轨道交通综合智能监测车;银河水滴智能安检仪也同时发布;银河水滴还宣布,工业视觉平台“IndustryAI”的工业视觉检测算法将面向工业用户三年免费开放,大幅降低智能工业检测算法门槛,提升中国工业检测的智能化水平。

AI预测人类80岁步态 

银河水滴亮出的第一个本领是通过识别某人当下的步态特征,运用算法来“想象”出该人未来的步态。

现场,机智见证团也对银河水滴的新本领大呼惊奇,各个跃跃欲试:女神范的韩雪优雅标准地完成了步态信息的采集;科学家鲁白教授玩心大发,转着圈地“为难”水滴,但这都没难倒银河水滴,分分钟带两位机智见证团“穿越”到了自己的80岁。当看到韩雪和鲁白80岁的步态被模拟出来,现场所有人都连连称奇。

蒙面舞者中的四胞胎 他们都是哪一位

人气偶像王栎鑫担任此次对决的检验官,他用一种比步态更为激烈的身体表达方式——舞蹈来检测银河水滴的技术能力。同时来到现场与银河水滴一较高下的还有一位记忆力超群的天才少年——梅轩宇,只有19岁的他,已经荣获多项脑力比赛的冠军,同时他还自创了一套记忆法。

在首轮对战中,有八位舞者来到舞台。第一段表演完毕后,换掉其中两位舞者,新的八位舞者戴上面具进行第二段表演。表演完毕,银河水滴和梅轩宇需选出哪两位选手被替换。最终,双方都成功给出正确答案。

答案揭晓后,观众发现,其中四位来自云南曲靖的四胞胎“四小龙”,从小一起长大,一起学习拉丁舞,从样貌体态到行为举止都极为相似。据说大龙有一次顶替弟弟们给爷爷背乘法口诀,背了四遍爷爷都没分出自己检查的其实是一个人。以四胞胎的相似程度,日常生活中看脸都难以区分开,更何况还是在蒙面的舞蹈表演中。

第二轮对战中,王栎鑫亲自上阵,加码“侧面、影子、伪装”三大难点。第一段表演,所有舞者随王栎鑫一起在观众面前起舞;第二段表演,所有舞者转到幕布后进行表演,并且只展示90°侧面体态剪影,并且其中“四小龙”做了位置互换。

“四小龙”互换位置后,为了增加识别难度,还在灯光距离等方面故意做了文章,让银河水滴和梅轩宇不能从身高的指标进行判断,只能从体型和舞蹈姿态进行识别。

幕布上剪影微妙的差别,让挑战者梅轩宇头痛不已,短时间的舞蹈片段可供银河水滴采集分析的数据也太少,但银河水滴人工智能算法的联想功能在此刻发挥了巨大威力,通过自主学习功能,迅速完成了识别。最终,银河水滴和梅轩宇都对四小龙的顺序做出成功判断,让四小龙各归其位。

银河水滴的精彩表现征服了现场嘉宾,最终,撒贝宁、韩雪、鲁白三位嘉宾全票通过,支持银河水滴入选2018智能先锋。

节目网址:

央视网:http://tv.cctv.com/2018/09/28/VIDEm5xaZSsNMUcZqJH56UI2180928.shtml

爱奇艺:https://www.iqiyi.com/v_19rr2vwe98.html?vfm=2008_aldbd

美联社:Chinese ‘gait recognition’ tech IDs people by how they walk

  • By dake kang, associated press

BEIJING — Nov 5, 2018, 9:49 PM ET

In this Oct. 31, 2018, photo, Huang Yongzhen, CEO of Watrix, demonstrates the use of his firm’s gait recognition software at his company’s offices in Beijing. A Chinese technology startup hopes to begin selling software that recognizes people by their body shape and how they walk, enabling identification when faces are hidden from cameras. Already used by police on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai, “gait recognition” is part of a major push to develop artificial-intelligence and data-driven surveillance across China, raising concern about how far the technology will go. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)


Chinese authorities have begun deploying a new surveillance tool: “gait recognition” software that uses people’s body shapes and how they walk to identify them, even when their faces are hidden from cameras.

Already used by police on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai, “gait recognition” is part of a push across  China to develop artificial-intelligence and data-driven surveillance that is raising concern about how far the technology will go.

Huang Yongzhen, the CEO of Watrix, said that its system can identify people from up to 50 meters (165 feet) away, even with their back turned or face covered. This can fill a gap in facial recognition, which needs close-up, high-resolution images of a person’s face to work.

“You don’t need people’s cooperation for us to be able to recognize their identity,” Huang said in an interview in his Beijing office. “Gait analysis can’t be fooled by simply limping, walking with splayed feet or hunching over, because we’re analyzing all the features of an entire body.”

Watrix announced last month that it had raised 100 million yuan ($14.5 million) to accelerate the development and sale of its gait recognition technology, according to Chinese media reports.

Chinese police are using facial recognition to identify people in crowds and nab jaywalkers, and are developing an integrated national system of surveillance camera data. Not everyone is comfortable with gait recognition’s use.

Shi Shusi, a Chinese columnist and commentator, says it’s unsurprising that the technology is catching on in China faster than the rest of the world because of Beijing’s emphasis on social control.

“Using biometric recognition to maintain social stability and manage society is an unstoppable trend,” he said. “It’s great business.”

The technology isn’t new. Scientists in Japan, the United Kingdom and the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency have been researching gait recognition for over a decade, trying different ways to overcome skepticism that people could be recognized by the way they walk. Professors from Osaka University have worked with Japan’s National Police Agency to use gait recognition software on a pilot basis since 2013.

But few have tried to commercialize gait recognition. Israel-based FST Biometrics shut down earlier this year amid company infighting after encountering technical difficulties with its products, according to former advisory board member Gabriel Tal.

“It’s more complex than other biometrics, computationally,” said Mark Nixon, a leading expert on gait recognition at the University of Southampton in Britain. “It takes bigger computers to do gait because you need a sequence of images rather than a single image.”

Watrix’s software extracts a person’s silhouette from video and analyzes the silhouette’s movement to create a model of the way the person walks. It isn’t capable of identifying people in real-time yet. Users must upload video into the program, which takes about 10 minutes to search through an hour of video. It doesn’t require special cameras — the software can use footage from surveillance cameras to analyze gait.

Huang, a former researcher, said he left academia to co-found Watrix in 2016 after seeing how promising the technology had become. The company was incubated by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Though the software isn’t as good as facial recognition, Huang said its 94 percent accuracy rate is good enough for commercial use.

He envisions gait recognition being used alongside face-scanning software.

Beyond surveillance, Huang says gait recognition can also be used to spot people in distress such as elderly individuals who have fallen down. Nixon believes that the technology can make life safer and more convenient.

“People still don’t recognize they can be recognized by their gait, whereas everybody knows you can be recognized by your face,” Nixon said. “We believe you are totally unique in the way you walk.”

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Associated Press video producer Olivia Zhang contributed to this story.