The AICOM project aims to create better communication between scientists and local communities for democratising latest AI technologies and building the future society together.
AICOM provides a new gamified experience for collecting training datasets required for developing gaze estimation models. Two players are paired up during the game. One player looks at a character on a transparent board, and the second player has to guess which character the other player is looking at. They will compete with each other while enjoying the face to face communication during the game.
The player’s face images are recorded during the game, and the face images with their corresponding gaze direction annotation will be saved as a part of the dataset after the game. Such a large and diverse image dataset will contribute to gaze estimation research.
Unlike previous data collection schemes, the AICOM project will also provide a workshop session after the game experience, to create a better understanding of the technology and imagine the future of AI together. Using the tools designed for the workshop, participants will think together about their own new AI ideas based on the game and lecture experience.
AICOM is a collaboration project with the Sugano lab at IIS, which researches artificial intelligence and machine learning as a leading expert in gaze estimation.
Dataset collection is a common bottleneck of AI research. Instead of the data set has been recorded in shadow, we would like to provide an opportunity, users can understand the process of the dataset generation, at the same time AI researchers can receive the benefit to gain the better data sets which will help their latest AI research.
We would like to provide an opportunity for better understanding and positive inspirations of the latest AI researches and increase the number of people in society who would like to make their own AIs. We are hoping to create communication and engagement between the researchers and local people for fostering advanced AI technologies and building a better society together.
This project is part of “future society project”, which has been started as an international research exchange project in between The University of Tokyo IIS, DLX Design Lab and National University of Singapore, Keio-NUS CUTE centre under the support of The University of Tokyo Ushioda Foundation.
AICOM project won on Judge recommendation Award, 2021 Japan Media Art Festival, Entertainment division.