To celebrate its 150-year anniversary, The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) enlisted the help of IBM Watson’s visual recognition interface to construct a poster consisting of 300,000 separate images.

Founded in 1868, The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) – the organisation behind the annual Wimbledon tournament – requested the help of IBM after deciding on an ambitious plan to celebrate it’s 150-year anniversary. In order to create the spectacular poster, IBM Watson’s visual recognition interface was tasked with rigorously sifting through 300,000 separate images in order to construct the poster. After a short teaching session, and with the assistance from another piece of software from IBM, namely IBM ix, both platforms worked collaboratively to select only the best images to weave and stitch into the poster, resulting in a final mosaic composed of 9,000 separate images carefully picked out of the Wimbledon photo archive.

Furthermore, all the photos taken from the Wimbledon photo archive were matched specifically to their corresponding visuals in the main image, and the Watson visual recognition platform was also taught to discover elements contained within larger images that could be cropped, extracted and included where and when necessary.

photo courtesy of AELTC


The All England Lawn Tennis Club, a client of IBM since 1990, has been working in partnership to improve the experience of players, visitors and home TV viewers. The AELTC believes the cutting-edge art direction will prove “how Wimbledon is never afraid to innovate in [its] own pursuit of greatness”.

IBM Watson’s visual recognition interface is trained to accurately and quickly tag and classify visual content using machine learning. The platform understands the contents of images, and will identify scenes, objects, faces, colours, food and text. In addition to helping AELTC to craft it’s 150-year anniversary poster, the Watson visual recognition platform has also been used to tackle severe global water shortages that could impact more than half of the world’s population by 2050. Read more.

For a demonstration of IBM Watson’s visual recognition platform, click the link here.

Posted in AI, Machine Learning

June 19, 2018

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Oliver Bowie

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Oliver Bowie is the Marketing Manager at Triangle. Oliver is committed to driving awareness of our products and services through creative and strategic thinking.

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