Andrew Han, Rosendo Narvaez, Hoa Nguyen, Faith Mitchell, and Taylor Wilson with their Senior Capstone Project titled “Walmart Anonymization Pipeline” won 1st place in the UG poster presentation organized by Student Research Week (SRW) recently.
Their senior capstone class is taught by Dr. Tracy Hammond, Director of IEEI and professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, at Texas A&M University. The Teaching Assistant for this capstone class is Adrita Anika.
Their goal was to anonymize subjects by creating an algorithm that will detect faces in any given frame and cover them with a solid color that matches their skin tone. The software is evaluated based on two metrics: the ability to fully anonymize subjects in a video file and whether the anonymized subjects can still be detected as humans using object detection. While Walmart is the current target audience for this project, they are confident that this type of research will be applicable to many other computer vision projects.
The students said “Student Research Week was an exciting event that gave us an opportunity to share our learning experience in Capstone. Our experience has been unique, as we have had the opportunity to collaborate with representatives from Walmart, since our project is industry-sponsored. We are honored to have been recognized and thankful that Texas A&M University provides enriching opportunities such as this.”
Student Research Week (SRW) is the largest student-run research symposium in the nation. SRW is a four-day competition that highlights Texas A&M student research, through either oral presentations or poster sessions. This event allows students, faculty, and the community to see the full extent of research conducted at Texas A&M.
For the past 20 years, SRW has been a valuable tool in meeting the university’s mission of academic, research, and service excellence.