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A mash-up of the Geneia logo and Van Gogh's Starry Night

August 1, 2018
Geneia's CATO uses machine learning to render a more colorful version of the company logo.
Elysia Woody

Over the past 10 years, technology has been increasing in complexity just about every day. In some ways, computers, in particular, have become smarter than humans. They can now perform accurate quantum calculations, deliver a correct medical diagnosis, and even determine a user’s emotions by their text pattern.

Another lighter, more entertaining feat computers are now able to accomplish is computational photography. Computational photography is image processing that uses neural networks to correct artifacts, eliminate noise and generate works of art.

So, how does this involve Geneia?

One Saturday night while our readers were celebrating the weekend with food and drink or watching Saturday Night Live, our chief technology officer, Fred Rahmanian, had a decidedly different way of relaxing. He took advantage of computational photography by using an algorithm called “neural network style transfer” to generate some works of art, pictured below.

Image of Geneia logo morphing into a Van Gogh image.

Do these colors look familiar? You might recognize them from the color scheme of the painting Starry Night painted by Vincent Van Gogh in 1889.

Van Gogh's Starry night.

The inputs for this algorithm are a content image - in this case, the Geneia logo - and a style image - Van Gogh’s painting, and the output is the content image as if it was painted using the artistic style of the style image. With this algorithm, the computer is essentially being trained to paint in the style of the artist; however, the actual output depends on the specific painting.

So, this is how the Geneia logo could look if it were painted by Van Gogh! The weight of the content image and the style image can be balanced in different ways, meaning there can be multiple versions painted in the style of Starry Night.

Our CTO also used this algorithm for a portrait painting. Here is what a painting of our vice president of business development, Steve Bennett, could look like had he posed for Pablo Picasso. 

Image of Steve Bennett Geneia VP of Business Development. 

This expressionist style is based on one of Picasso’s self-portraits painted in 1907 titled Autoportrait. Thank you for sharing your computer doodles, Fred! We should all be so ‘productive’ on Saturday nights.