iHero - using facial recognition in First World War photo collections
iHero is the aptly named web application that uses facial recognition technology to search the photos of Australian war service men and women. Users of iHero upload a photo to begin a search. The application uses facial analytics to determine which photos from the major libraries are a match.
Search results include:
- The match confidence (e.g. 90%)
- Detected characteristics (gender, glasses, smile, age)
- The matching images with a bounding box to indicate the person matched against (for images with multiple people)
iHero was created as part of GovHack 2016 by Hack To The Future.
iHero uses data from:
- State Library of Queensland – World War 1 soldier portraits from Queensland and World War 1 soldier portraits from Australia
- National Archives of Australia – Bond of sacrifice
- State Library of Western Australia – Adopt a soldier
- Australian War Memorial
View a demo video of the iHero web app. The interface is clean and simple, and includes a quick search and a deeper search, which produces more results.
Researchers and family historians may be able to identify unnamed portraits of Australian servicemen and women using their own photographs. Unnamed photos in collections in cultural institutions can also be identified and matched to valuable information/records.
The facial recognition capacity explored in this entry can be used across a wide range of applications enabling photos sitting in archives and family shoe boxes to be discovered.