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"facial recognition": models, code, and papers

Learning Multi-dimensional Edge Feature-based AU Relation Graph for Facial Action Unit Recognition

May 02, 2022
Cheng Luo, Siyang Song, Weicheng Xie, Linlin Shen, Hatice Gunes

The activations of Facial Action Units (AUs) mutually influence one another. While the relationship between a pair of AUs can be complex and unique, existing approaches fail to specifically and explicitly represent such cues for each pair of AUs in each facial display. This paper proposes an AU relationship modelling approach that deep learns a unique graph to explicitly describe the relationship between each pair of AUs of the target facial display. Our approach first encodes each AU's activation status and its association with other AUs into a node feature. Then, it learns a pair of multi-dimensional edge features to describe multiple task-specific relationship cues between each pair of AUs. During both node and edge feature learning, our approach also considers the influence of the unique facial display on AUs' relationship by taking the full face representation as an input. Experimental results on BP4D and DISFA datasets show that both node and edge feature learning modules provide large performance improvements for CNN and transformer-based backbones, with our best systems achieving the state-of-the-art AU recognition results. Our approach not only has a strong capability in modelling relationship cues for AU recognition but also can be easily incorporated into various backbones. Our PyTorch code is made available.

* IJCAI 2022 conference (accepted) 

3DPalsyNet: A Facial Palsy Grading and Motion Recognition Framework using Fully 3D Convolutional Neural Networks

May 31, 2019
Gary Storey, Richard Jiang, Shelagh Keogh, Ahmed Bouridane, Chang-Tsun Li

The capability to perform facial analysis from video sequences has significant potential to positively impact in many areas of life. One such area relates to the medical domain to specifically aid in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of patients with facial palsy. With this application in mind, this paper presents an end-to-end framework, named 3DPalsyNet, for the tasks of mouth motion recognition and facial palsy grading. 3DPalsyNet utilizes a 3D CNN architecture with a ResNet backbone for the prediction of these dynamic tasks. Leveraging transfer learning from a 3D CNNs pre-trained on the Kinetics data set for general action recognition, the model is modified to apply joint supervised learning using center and softmax loss concepts. 3DPalsyNet is evaluated on a test set consisting of individuals with varying ranges of facial palsy and mouth motions and the results have shown an attractive level of classification accuracy in these task of 82% and 86% respectively. The frame duration and the loss function affect was studied in terms of the predictive qualities of the proposed 3DPalsyNet, where it was found shorter frame duration's of 8 performed best for this specific task. Centre loss and softmax have shown improvements in spatio-temporal feature learning than softmax loss alone, this is in agreement with earlier work involving the spatial domain.


OFF-ApexNet on Micro-expression Recognition System

May 10, 2018
Sze-Teng Liong, Y. S. Gan, Wei-Chuen Yau, Yen-Chang Huang, Tan Lit Ken

When a person attempts to conceal an emotion, the genuine emotion is manifest as a micro-expression. Exploration of automatic facial micro-expression recognition systems is relatively new in the computer vision domain. This is due to the difficulty in implementing optimal feature extraction methods to cope with the subtlety and brief motion characteristics of the expression. Most of the existing approaches extract the subtle facial movements based on hand-crafted features. In this paper, we address the micro-expression recognition task with a convolutional neural network (CNN) architecture, which well integrates the features extracted from each video. A new feature descriptor, Optical Flow Features from Apex frame Network (OFF-ApexNet) is introduced. This feature descriptor combines the optical ow guided context with the CNN. Firstly, we obtain the location of the apex frame from each video sequence as it portrays the highest intensity of facial motion among all frames. Then, the optical ow information are attained from the apex frame and a reference frame (i.e., onset frame). Finally, the optical flow features are fed into a pre-designed CNN model for further feature enhancement as well as to carry out the expression classification. To evaluate the effectiveness of OFF-ApexNet, comprehensive evaluations are conducted on three public spontaneous micro-expression datasets (i.e., SMIC, CASME II and SAMM). The promising recognition result suggests that the proposed method can optimally describe the significant micro-expression details. In particular, we report that, in a multi-database with leave-one-subject-out cross-validation experimental protocol, the recognition performance reaches 74.60% of recognition accuracy and F-measure of 71.04%. We also note that this is the first work that performs cross-dataset validation on three databases in this domain.


MorphGAN: One-Shot Face Synthesis GAN for Detecting Recognition Bias

Dec 10, 2020
Nataniel Ruiz, Barry-John Theobald, Anurag Ranjan, Ahmed Hussein Abdelaziz, Nicholas Apostoloff

To detect bias in face recognition networks, it can be useful to probe a network under test using samples in which only specific attributes vary in some controlled way. However, capturing a sufficiently large dataset with specific control over the attributes of interest is difficult. In this work, we describe a simulator that applies specific head pose and facial expression adjustments to images of previously unseen people. The simulator first fits a 3D morphable model to a provided image, applies the desired head pose and facial expression controls, then renders the model into an image. Next, a conditional Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) conditioned on the original image and the rendered morphable model is used to produce the image of the original person with the new facial expression and head pose. We call this conditional GAN -- MorphGAN. Images generated using MorphGAN conserve the identity of the person in the original image, and the provided control over head pose and facial expression allows test sets to be created to identify robustness issues of a facial recognition deep network with respect to pose and expression. Images generated by MorphGAN can also serve as data augmentation when training data are scarce. We show that by augmenting small datasets of faces with new poses and expressions improves the recognition performance by up to 9% depending on the augmentation and data scarcity.


Towards NIR-VIS Masked Face Recognition

Apr 14, 2021
Hang Du, Hailin Shi, Yinglu Liu, Dan Zeng, Tao Mei

Near-infrared to visible (NIR-VIS) face recognition is the most common case in heterogeneous face recognition, which aims to match a pair of face images captured from two different modalities. Existing deep learning based methods have made remarkable progress in NIR-VIS face recognition, while it encounters certain newly-emerged difficulties during the pandemic of COVID-19, since people are supposed to wear facial masks to cut off the spread of the virus. We define this task as NIR-VIS masked face recognition, and find it problematic with the masked face in the NIR probe image. First, the lack of masked face data is a challenging issue for the network training. Second, most of the facial parts (cheeks, mouth, nose etc.) are fully occluded by the mask, which leads to a large amount of loss of information. Third, the domain gap still exists in the remaining facial parts. In such scenario, the existing methods suffer from significant performance degradation caused by the above issues. In this paper, we aim to address the challenge of NIR-VIS masked face recognition from the perspectives of training data and training method. Specifically, we propose a novel heterogeneous training method to maximize the mutual information shared by the face representation of two domains with the help of semi-siamese networks. In addition, a 3D face reconstruction based approach is employed to synthesize masked face from the existing NIR image. Resorting to these practices, our solution provides the domain-invariant face representation which is also robust to the mask occlusion. Extensive experiments on three NIR-VIS face datasets demonstrate the effectiveness and cross-dataset-generalization capacity of our method.


A Study of Local Binary Pattern Method for Facial Expression Detection

Feb 04, 2014
Ms. Drashti H. Bhatt, Mr. Kirit R. Rathod, Mr. Shardul J. Agravat

Face detection is a basic task for expression recognition. The reliability of face detection & face recognition approach has a major role on the performance and usability of the entire system. There are several ways to undergo face detection & recognition. We can use Image Processing Operations, various classifiers, filters or virtual machines for the former. Various strategies are being available for Facial Expression Detection. The field of facial expression detection can have various applications along with its importance & can be interacted between human being & computer. Many few options are available to identify a face in an image in accurate & efficient manner. Local Binary Pattern (LBP) based texture algorithms have gained popularity in these years. LBP is an effective approach to have facial expression recognition & is a feature-based approach.

* Ms.Drashti H. Bhatt , Mr.Kirit R. Rathod , Mr.Shardul J. Agravat. Article: A Study of Local Binary Pattern Method for Facial Expression Detection. IJCTT 7(3):151-153, January 2014. Published by Seventh Sense Research Group 
* 3 pages, 2 images, International Journal of Computer Trends and Technology (IJCTT) 

Accurate Facial Parts Localization and Deep Learning for 3D Facial Expression Recognition

Mar 04, 2018
Asim Jan, Huaxiong Ding, Hongying Meng, Liming Chen, Huibin Li

Meaningful facial parts can convey key cues for both facial action unit detection and expression prediction. Textured 3D face scan can provide both detailed 3D geometric shape and 2D texture appearance cues of the face which are beneficial for Facial Expression Recognition (FER). However, accurate facial parts extraction as well as their fusion are challenging tasks. In this paper, a novel system for 3D FER is designed based on accurate facial parts extraction and deep feature fusion of facial parts. In particular, each textured 3D face scan is firstly represented as a 2D texture map and a depth map with one-to-one dense correspondence. Then, the facial parts of both texture map and depth map are extracted using a novel 4-stage process consists of facial landmark localization, facial rotation correction, facial resizing, facial parts bounding box extraction and post-processing procedures. Finally, deep fusion Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) features of all facial parts are learned from both texture maps and depth maps, respectively and nonlinear SVMs are used for expression prediction. Experiments are conducted on the BU-3DFE database, demonstrating the effectiveness of combing different facial parts, texture and depth cues and reporting the state-of-the-art results in comparison with all existing methods under the same setting.

* 7 pages, 3 figures 

Emotion recognition techniques with rule based and machine learning approaches

Feb 28, 2021
Aasma Aslam, Babar Hussian

Emotion recognition using digital image processing is a multifarious task because facial emotions depend on warped facial features as well as on gender, age, and culture. Furthermore, there are several factors such as varied illumination and intricate settings that increase complexity in facial emotion recognition. In this paper, we used four salient facial features, Eyebrows, Mouth opening, Mouth corners, and Forehead wrinkles to identifying emotions from normal, occluded and partially-occluded images. We have employed rule-based approach and developed new methods to extract aforementioned facial features similar to local bit patterns using novel techniques. We propose new methods to detect eye location, eyebrow contraction, and mouth corners. For eye detection, the proposed methods are Enhancement of Cr Red (ECrR) and Suppression of Cr Blue (SCrB) which results in 98% accuracy. Additionally, for eyebrow contraction detection, we propose two techniques (1) Morphological Gradient Image Intensity (MGII) and (2) Degree of Curvature Line (DCL). Additionally, we present a new method for mouth corners detection. For classification purpose, we use an individual classifier, majority voting (MV) and weighted majority voting (WMV) methods which mimic Human Emotions Sensitivity (HES). These methods are straightforward to implement, improve the accuracy of results, and work best for emotion recognition using partially occluded images. It is ascertained from the results that our method outperforms previous approaches. Overall accuracy rates are around 94%. The processing time on one image using processor core i5 is ~0.12 sec.


Deep Covariance Descriptors for Facial Expression Recognition

May 10, 2018
Naima Otberdout, Anis Kacem, Mohamed Daoudi, Lahoucine Ballihi, Stefano Berretti

In this paper, covariance matrices are exploited to encode the deep convolutional neural networks (DCNN) features for facial expression recognition. The space geometry of the covariance matrices is that of Symmetric Positive Definite (SPD) matrices. By performing the classification of the facial expressions using Gaussian kernel on SPD manifold, we show that the covariance descriptors computed on DCNN features are more efficient than the standard classification with fully connected layers and softmax. By implementing our approach using the VGG-face and ExpNet architectures with extensive experiments on the Oulu-CASIA and SFEW datasets, we show that the proposed approach achieves performance at the state of the art for facial expression recognition.


Diversity in Faces

Jan 30, 2019
Michele Merler, Nalini Ratha, Rogerio S. Feris, John R. Smith

Face recognition is a long standing challenge in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The goal is to create systems that accurately detect, recognize, verify, and understand human faces. There are significant technical hurdles in making these systems accurate, particularly in unconstrained settings due to confounding factors related to pose, resolution, illumination, occlusion, and viewpoint. However, with recent advances in neural networks, face recognition has achieved unprecedented accuracy, largely built on data-driven deep learning methods. While this is encouraging, a critical aspect that is limiting facial recognition accuracy and fairness is inherent facial diversity. Every face is different. Every face reflects something unique about us. Aspects of our heritage - including race, ethnicity, culture, geography - and our individual identify - age, gender, and other visible manifestations of self-expression, are reflected in our faces. We expect face recognition to work equally accurately for every face. Face recognition needs to be fair. As we rely on data-driven methods to create face recognition technology, we need to ensure necessary balance and coverage in training data. However, there are still scientific questions about how to represent and extract pertinent facial features and quantitatively measure facial diversity. Towards this goal, Diversity in Faces (DiF) provides a data set of one million annotated human face images for advancing the study of facial diversity. The annotations are generated using ten well-established facial coding schemes from the scientific literature. The facial coding schemes provide human-interpretable quantitative measures of facial features. We believe that by making the extracted coding schemes available on a large set of faces, we can accelerate research and development towards creating more fair and accurate facial recognition systems.