To cap our AI-focused Transform 2019 event, taking place July 10-11 in San Francisco, VentureBeat will recognize and award emergent, compelling, and influential work in AI through the inaugural AI Innovation Awards. We take pride in shining a light on innovation, and these awards, presented by Ople, give us a chance to do so in a new way. This series highlights the nominees in each of our five award categories: NLP/NLU, Business Application, Computer Vision, AI for Good, and Startup Spotlight.

Computer vision is an exciting subfield of AI that’s at the core of applications like facial recognition, object recognition, event detection, image restoration, and scene reconstruction — and is fast becoming an inescapable part of our everyday lives.

Affectiva

Founded back in 2009, Affectiva measures emotion on people’s faces and applies that insight to practical solutions in the automotive field, biometrics, and more. Affectiva has analyzed more than 8 million faces for its data repository and uses a combination of computer vision, speech analytics, and deep learning to create solutions and APIs that keep drivers and their passengers safe, help organizations conduct market research, and give researchers a better understanding of human emotions.

Vue.ai

Vue.ai is bringing personalization to the online shopping experience. Instead of a shopkeeper suggesting garments you might like while you spending hours twirling in front of mirrors, Vue.ai uses image recognition and data to offer tailored services online. With a whole stack of tools,  Vue.ai lowers the barrier to entry for companies that know they need AI but are unsure how to start.

Hoobox

Hoobox partnered with Intel’s AI for Social Good initiative on Wheelie, which lets people move their motorized wheelchair using just facial recognition. The Wheelie kit for wheelchairs is powered by a deep integration with Intel’s RealSense 3D camera, the OpenVINO computer vision toolkit, and a processor. Puckered lips, a smile, a stuck-out tongue, or other expressions can give someone a great deal of freedom and control.

Density.io

Density.io figured out how to use computer vision to count people in a way that helps organizations become more efficient, without jeopardizing privacy. The company’s solution involves a small physical box — a complex sensor — that can be placed in any location and uses two IR beams to note and count people passing by. Notably, it does so without using a camera that could record faces or other identifying information. Applications for Density’s tech range from detecting when a room is at capacity or spotting inefficiencies in building and office use to determining how many uses a facility gets before it needs to be cleaned.

The Transform AI Innovation award ceremony will be held on the evening of July 11 to wrap up Transform 2019.