The ability to recognize facial expression in humans is performed with the amygdala which uses parallel processing streams to identify the expressions quickly and accurately. Additionally, it is possible that a feedback mechanism may play a role in this process as well. Implementing a model with similar parallel structure and feedback mechanisms could be used to improve current facial recognition algorithms for which varied expressions are a source for error. An anatomically constrained artificial neural-network model was created that uses this parallel processing architecture and feedback to categorize facial expressions. The presence of a feedback mechanism was not found to significantly improve performance for models with parallel architecture. However the use of parallel processing streams significantly improved accuracy over a similar network that did not have parallel architecture. Further investigation is necessary to determine the benefits of using parallel streams and feedback mechanisms in more advanced object recognition tasks.
An interesting problem in analysis of video data concerns design of algorithms that detect perceptually significant features in an unsupervised manner, for instance methods of machine learning for automatic classification of human expression. A geometric formulation of this genre of problems could be modeled with help of perceptual psychology. In this article, we outline one approach for a special case where video segments are to be classified according to expression of emotion or other similar facial motions. The encoding of realistic facial motions that convey expression of emotions for a particular person P forms a parameter space XP whose study reveals the “objective geometry” for the problem of unsupervised feature detection from video. The geometric features and discrete representation of the space XP are independent of subjective evaluations by observers. While the “subjective geometry” of XP varies from observer to observer, levels of sensitivity and variation in perception of facial expressions appear to share a certain level of universality among members of similar cultures. Therefore, statistical geometry of invariants of XP for a sample of population could provide effective algorithms for extraction of such features. In cases where frequency of events is sufficiently large in the sample data, a suitable framework could be provided to facilitate the information-theoretic organization and study of statistical invariants of such features. This article provides a general approach to encode motion in terms of a particular genre of dynamical systems and the geometry of their flow. An example is provided to illustrate the general theory.