What makes Tom Hanks look like Tom Hanks?

December 7, 2015 Tom Hanks has appeared in many acting roles over the years, playing young and old, smart and simple. Yet we always recognize him as Tom Hanks. Why? Is it his appearance? His mannerisms? The way he moves? UW researchers have reconstructed 3-D models of celebrities such as Tom Hanks from large Internet photo collections. The models can be controlled by photos or videos of another person.University of Washington University of Washington researchers have demonstrated that it’s possible for machine learning algorithms to capture the “persona” and create a digital model of a well-photographed person like Tom Hanks from the vast number of images of them available on the Internet. With enough visual data to mine, the algorithms can also animate the digital model of Tom Hanks to…


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