Assistant Professor Vishal Patel and ECE PhD student He Zhang have won the 1st prize at the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME) Grand Challengefor their work on heterogeneous face recognition. Their algorithm for polarimetric thermal-to-visible face recognition achieved the best performance on the Heterogeneous Face Recognition Grand Challenge organized by the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) as part of the 2018 IEEE ICME. Professor Patel and Zhang's approach is based on a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) which uses a multi-stream feature-level fusion technique to synthesize high-quality visible images from polarimetric thermal images. They will receive a $1000 cash prize for winning this challenge. More information about the ICME Grand Challenge can be found at https://sites.google.com/view/hfr-challenge18/home.
Congratulations to Vishal and He on this accomplishment!