Milanfar: To some extent, this problem of being able to search for images with a single image has been, in a way, the Holy Grail of this particular field of research.
Narrator: Peyman Milanfar, a professor of electrical engineering at UC Santa Cruz, led the team that developed this software.
Milanfar: I think it's fair to say that for a fair amount of time, people simple didn't believe it was doable. That there was just not enough information in a single image so that you cold reliably find other things that are comparable in a way that we're presenting. We are currently in the process of patenting these results, and over the next few years, I can imagine this technology also being spun out, licensed to somebody perhaps and various commercial products build on top of it.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.