Day: December 2, 2008

Faces in the Crowd

Neural networks–by now a household term, at least in our IT house–are kind of ambidextrous.  They can use historical data to either predict or classify.  Sometimes both hands work together, and a neural network will make predictions based on classification.  One of the more interesting classification applications of this technology that made it into the press this week is software that analyzes the human traffic that makes its way through a particular room.  

The ‘intelligence audience measurement’ software can count people.  It can recognize and categorize gestures.  It can recognize people according to their gender or their generation.  Isafetek, the company that developed the software, calls its ability to count and classify people in a group “pattern recognition.”   According to the developer the platform has promise not only as operational risk software for public spaces such as airports but for advertising and marketing efforts, where statistical analysis of the data collected on a particular group of passersby in a particular place could be useful.

If this introduction brings up fears about Big Brother, don’t worry.   You won’t be an identifiable face in the crowd.  You won’t even be a face in the crowd.  You’ll be a type of face in a group in another group in a crowd.

Simulation Presentations at Upcoming Six Sigma Conferences

Believe it or not, 2009 is upon us. The introduction of @RISK – Palisade Corporation’s Monte Carlo simulation add-in for MS Excel – into the Six Sigma and DFSS communities has been has been incredible! Many large and small corporations have standardized on @RISK for their quality, process improvement or development projects, as well as in their Six Sigma Black Belt and DFSS training courses.

If you are interested in sharing your success stories at an upcoming event or through a white paper, by all means please do. Between the almost countless events put on by ASQ, IQPC, ISSSP, iSixSigma and Marcus Evans, there is bound to be an event near you. Please let me know about your project and how you used @RISK and if there is any way we can support you in your desire to share your story. 

You can contact the event organizers directly, or contact me and I can help point you to the proper venue to present at. Also, please feel free to contact me at any time should you have any questions about Palisade Corporation, @RISK, or the advantages of simulation to save time and money in improvement and development projects, or if you would simply like a free trial.

Steve Hunt