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CloudCV: Deep Learning and Computer Vision on the Cloud
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We are witnessing a proliferation of massive visual data. Visual content is arguably the fastest growing data on the web. Photo-sharing websites like Flickr and Facebook now host more than 6 and 90 billion photos, respectively. Unfortunately, scaling existing computer vision algorithms to large datasets leaves researchers repeatedly solving the same algorithmic and infrastructural problems. Designing and implementing efficient and provably correct computer vision algorithms is extremely challenging. Researchers must repeatedly solve the same low-level problems: building and maintaining a cluster of machines, formulating each component of the computer vision pipeline, designing new deep learning layers, writing custom hardware wrappers, etc. This thesis introduces CloudCV, an ambitious system that contain algorithms for end-to-end processing of visual content. The goal of the project is to democratize computer vision; one should not have to be a computer vision, big data and deep learning expert to have access to state-of-the-art distributed computer vision algorithms. We provide researchers, students and developers access to state-of-art distributed computer vision and deep learning algorithms as a cloud service through web interface and APIs.
- Masters Theses