From Handwriting to Human Personality and Facial Beauty

This talk will start with a discussion on the sound and meaning of names (like “King-Ching” and “Sun-Suen”). It will recap pioneering research on printed and handwritten characters, and our original ideas in promoting and facilitating the global exchange of concepts and results, from   publications to the creation of new workshops and conferences. Various efforts of uniting the strength of scientists and experts in the different parts of the world will be highlighted. Recognition techniques based on in depth research andextensive experiments, plus explorations of perceptual studies will be summarized together with practical applications. Comments on the immense popularity of writing messages on mobile devices will be made. We will introduce techniques of linking handwritten samples and drawings (such as the Wartegg test) to human personality (such as the Big Five Psychological Traits). This talk will conclude with our recent analyses of the effects of makeup colour space, texture, contrast, and golden ratios to assess human beauty and the transformation of cGANs to produce desirable beauty scores without altering the identity of female faces.”


Dr. Ching Y. Suen is the Director of CENPARMI and the Honorary Chair in AI & Pattern Recognition of Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Prof. Suen has served at numerous national and international professional societies as President, Vice-President, Governor, and Director. He has published about 200 papers in the proceedings of IAPR conferences and journals, 45 invited/keynote speeches at international conferences, and more than 350 regular papers at other conferences and journals, plus 200 invited talks at companies and academic institutions around the world. He has been the Principal Investigator or Consultant of 30 international industrial projects. Dr. Suen has published 7 conference proceedings and 16 books involving handwriting recognition, thinning methodologies, font analysis, multiple classifiers, detection of fake coins, and human beauty. He is the recipient of numerous awards. Prof. Suen has supervised 120 doctoral and master’s students to completion, and guided/hosted 100 long-term visiting scientists and professors. He is a fellow of the IEEE (since 1986), IAPR (1994), and the Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada (1995). Currently, he is the Emeritus Editor-in-Chief of the journal of Pattern Recognition, an Adviser or Associate Editor of 5 journals, and Editor of a new book series on Language Processing and Pattern Recognition. He is not only the founder of four conferences: ICDAR, IWFHR/ICFHR, ICPRAI, and VI, but has also organized many international conferences including ICPR, ICDAR, ICFHR, ICPRAI, and ICCPOL, and as the Honorary Chair of several conferences.

Date: January 12th, 2021 Time: 1:00-2:00 PM CET
King-Sun Fu Award