Chinese Exam Authorities Use Facial Recognition, Drones to Catch Cheats

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese education authorities have gone high-tech to catch cheaters as millions of high-school students take their "gaokao", the annual university entrance exam seen as key to landing a lucrative white-collar job.

Student project places one person's face on another to thwart facial recognition software.

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Over the weekend, bizarre footage of a facial projection technology circulated on social media in connection with the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. The mysterious device shows a headband with a large digital projector, which projects a digital image of another person's face onto whoever is wearing the device. The device was assumed to be a countermeasure to the recent ban on face coverings in Hong Kong. Initially images from the 2017 art project were thought to come from the Hong Kong protests. In fact, the videos came from a 2017 art project called'Anonymous,' created by students at Utrecht School of the Arts in the Netherlands.

Eyes to the front camera: Chinese facial recognition tech targets inattentive students


Surely at one point or another you've been caught daydreaming at school, but in future it might not be a teacher catching you first. In China, the Hangzhou No. 11 Middle School is trialling a smart classroom behaviour management system which uses cameras and facial recognition to keep track of student performance. The system is able to measure the expressions of students, including anger, annoyance, surprise, and of course, happiness. According to Hangzhou Network, the system can provide an alert to the teacher when a student's inattentive behaviour reaches a certain value. What else can surveillance cameras do in classroom other than exam supervision?

China's facial recognition AI has a new target: Students


China, in a bid to be the biggest big brother of them all, has expanded its already massive facial recognition AI system. What a great idea: Students at the Hangzhou No. 11 middle school are being monitored by a set of three AI-powered cameras that provide real-time emotional recognition and analysis. According to a report from, the system is quite robust: How much time do you have in one day? What are you doing when you are not focused? Which teachers' classes do students like most?

China Is Cracking Down On Cheating High School Exam Takers With Drones, Facial Recognition

International Business Times

"Gaokao" week in China is a stressful time for students taking college entrance exams (like the SAT or ACT in the United States) as students have high hopes of garnering acceptance to a top university and eventually landing a white collar job. With such high stakes some students, however, find themselves resorting to desperate measures for good scores. With cheating being more prevalent during "Gaokao" week, authorities are cracking down on the widespread problem among the teen students who take the two-day exam each year. After years of students using sophisticated technology like small ear pieces and wireless devices designed to look like ordinary belts, pencil erasers and more to cheat, authorities are responding with some counteractive technology. They're using drones, facial recognition software, metal detectors and more to try to eliminate cheating in all forms, reports Reuters.