Switched to WordPress Platform

Posted by Kurt on July 15th, 2008

Well I finally switched to a real blogging platform, namely WordPress. Since it will be a lot easier to post content, that means I should be posting more often (in theory at least). Also, I stole my theme choice from my friend’s blog @ RespectCapitalism.com. There are very few good looking WP themes in my opinion…sorry Ben :)

Video Tagging Experiment

Posted by Kurt on July 1st, 2008


As many of you know, I am in the process of completing my MS thesis in Computer Science at RIT. My area of research is online human verification (i.e., proving that a human is behind an online request, and not an automated computer program). When completing an online form, users are often presented with a distorted string of text which they are forced to transcribe. These are known as CAPTCHAs, and exist to prevent automated programs from abusing online services (humans can read the distorted text but most computer programs cannot). My thesis idea is to create a Video CAPTCHA, where instead of transcribing a string of distorted text, users must supply an appropriate label for a short video (a challenge which computers cannot complete but humans should be able to).

What you can do for me:

I have setup an online data collection website, which will allow me analyze how people label (tag) online videos. You will be asked to quickly tag 20 short online videos. I would greatly appreciate your help in completing the short (10-15 minutes) experiment at the following link:


Feel free to forward this request to anyone else you know who may be interested in participating. If you have any questions, please let me know. The experiment will remain open until July 14th, 2008.

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