AI Applied To Cookies

Are you one of those people who, when eating an unfamiliar dish, attempts to work out its ingredients in order to re-create it at home? It’s something programmers are particularly prone to and now researchers at CSAIL are giving it a deep learning makeover. In a joint study with the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) and the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, the team trained an artificial intelligence system called Pic2Recipe to look at a photo of food and be able to predict the ingredients and suggest similar recipes. You can see it in action in this video: This may seem like the same sort of photo recognition exercise that has proliferated over the last couple of years, with apps for plant, bird and dog breed identification, and yes there are many elements in common. However the reason that Pic2Recipe is sufficiently novel to merit a paper to be presented at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Honolulu, according to MIT postdoc Yusuf Aytar is that: “In computer vision, food is mostly neglected because we don’t have the large-scale datasets needed to make predictions.”  The rest of the team consists of  MIT Professor Antonio Torralba, CSAIL graduate students Nick Hynes andf Javier Marin,…

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