Michael Murdock

Michael Murdock is a senior software development manager at Ancestry.com where he has worked for the last 9 years. He holds 8 patents in the areas of image and signal processing, and loves drinking 7-Up while thinking about the cool products he has helped create at the 6 companies he's worked for since graduating a long time ago from the University of Utah. He occasionally runs a 5K with one of his 4 children, recently finishing 3rd in his age group. He loves to read and found time to finish 2 books recently. He loves to travel with his wife, the 1 and only love of his life.

Competition as Collaboration – Ancestry.com Handwriting Recognition Competition

Posted by Michael Murdock on March 14, 2014 in Image Processing and Analysis

We are excited to announce that the Ancestry.com handwriting recognition competition proposal was accepted as one of seven, official International Conference on the Frontiers of Handwriting (ICFHR-2014) competitions. As part of our competition on word recognition from segmented historical documents, we are announcing the availability of a new image database1, ANWRESH-1, which contains segmented and labeled Read More

Document Analysis and Recognition – What is Document Analysis?

Posted by Michael Murdock on October 5, 2013 in Image Processing and Analysis

I recently attended the three-day biennial International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR-2013) in Washington, DC. ICDAR is sponsored by the International Association for Pattern Recognition and is the premier event for those working in the field of Document Analysis (DA). Primarily the attendees are from corporate and university labs; they are professors, graduate students and technologists involved Read More

Image Processing at Ancestry.com – Part 6: Auto-Sharpening

Posted by Michael Murdock on July 17, 2013 in Image Processing and Analysis

This post is the sixth in a series about the Ancestry.com Image Processing Pipeline (IPP). The IPP is the part of the content pipeline that is responsible for digitizing and processing the millions of images we publish to our site.  The core functionality of the IPP is illustrated in the following diagram. In this post I continue with the material from Read More

Image Processing at Ancestry.com – Part 1: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Posted by Michael Murdock on April 10, 2013 in Image Processing and Analysis

  Images of original historical records play a key role in the way Ancestry.com presents family history information to the user. An image of a historical record is much more than evidentiary support for some family history assertion. An image can become the anchor for an engaging and compelling historical narrative. A properly captured and Read More