Kyle McDonald kylemcdonald.net/ is an artist and researcher in New York with a background in computer science and philosophy. In October 2011, he released FaceOSC vimeo.com/26098366, a tool for prototyping face-based interaction. FaceOSC was based on the work of Jason Saragih web.mac.com/jsaragih, a research scientist at CSIRO. In addition to FaceOSC, Kyle has produced an addon for working with face tracking in OpenFrameworks github.com/kylemcdonald/ofxfacetracker as well as a growing body of work that uses face tracking in an artistic context, notably Face Substitution vimeo.com/29348533 with Arturo Castro.
I interviewed Kyle about FaceTracker on March 20, 2012. I asked him to explain how the FaceTracker algorithm works. We started the conversation by talking about his prior experience with face tracking and how he first came across Saragih's work.
This interview is part of Makematics, an attempt to turn advanced mathematical techniques and computer science research into Maker tools. Read a full transcript of the interview along with many accompanying links here: makematics.com/research/facetracker