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"facial recognition": models, code, and papers

Attributes in Multiple Facial Images

May 23, 2018
Xudong Liu, Guodong Guo

Facial attribute recognition is conventionally computed from a single image. In practice, each subject may have multiple face images. Taking the eye size as an example, it should not change, but it may have different estimation in multiple images, which would make a negative impact on face recognition. Thus, how to compute these attributes corresponding to each subject rather than each single image is a profound work. To address this question, we deploy deep training for facial attributes prediction, and we explore the inconsistency issue among the attributes computed from each single image. Then, we develop two approaches to address the inconsistency issue. Experimental results show that the proposed methods can handle facial attribute estimation on either multiple still images or video frames, and can correct the incorrectly annotated labels. The experiments are conducted on two large public databases with annotations of facial attributes.

* Accepted by 2018 13th IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face & Gesture Recognition (FG 2018 Spotlight) 

Dual-discriminator GAN: A GAN way of profile face recognition

Mar 20, 2020
Xinyu Zhang, Yang Zhao, Hao Zhang

A wealth of angle problems occur when facial recognition is performed: At present, the feature extraction network presents eigenvectors with large differences between the frontal face and profile face recognition of the same person in many cases. For this reason, the state-of-the-art facial recognition network will use multiple samples for the same target to ensure that eigenvector differences caused by angles are ignored during training. However, there is another solution available, which is to generate frontal face images with profile face images before recognition. In this paper, we proposed a method of generating frontal faces with image-to-image profile faces based on Generative Adversarial Network (GAN).


Robust features for facial action recognition

Jun 11, 2017
Nadav Israel, Lior Wolf, Ran Barzilay, Gal Shoval

Automatic recognition of facial gestures is becoming increasingly important as real world AI agents become a reality. In this paper, we present an automated system that recognizes facial gestures by capturing local changes and encoding the motion into a histogram of frequencies. We evaluate the proposed method by demonstrating its effectiveness on spontaneous face action benchmarks: the FEEDTUM dataset, the Pain dataset and the HMDB51 dataset. The results show that, compared to known methods, the new encoding methods significantly improve the recognition accuracy and the robustness of analysis for a variety of applications.


Using Deep Autoencoders for Facial Expression Recognition

Jan 25, 2018
Muhammad Usman, Siddique Latif, Junaid Qadir

Feature descriptors involved in image processing are generally manually chosen and high dimensional in nature. Selecting the most important features is a very crucial task for systems like facial expression recognition. This paper investigates the performance of deep autoencoders for feature selection and dimension reduction for facial expression recognition on multiple levels of hidden layers. The features extracted from the stacked autoencoder outperformed when compared to other state-of-the-art feature selection and dimension reduction techniques.


Masked Face Recognition Challenge: The WebFace260M Track Report

Aug 16, 2021
Zheng Zhu, Guan Huang, Jiankang Deng, Yun Ye, Junjie Huang, Xinze Chen, Jiagang Zhu, Tian Yang, Jia Guo, Jiwen Lu, Dalong Du, Jie Zhou

According to WHO statistics, there are more than 204,617,027 confirmed COVID-19 cases including 4,323,247 deaths worldwide till August 12, 2021. During the coronavirus epidemic, almost everyone wears a facial mask. Traditionally, face recognition approaches process mostly non-occluded faces, which include primary facial features such as the eyes, nose, and mouth. Removing the mask for authentication in airports or laboratories will increase the risk of virus infection, posing a huge challenge to current face recognition systems. Due to the sudden outbreak of the epidemic, there are yet no publicly available real-world masked face recognition (MFR) benchmark. To cope with the above-mentioned issue, we organize the Face Bio-metrics under COVID Workshop and Masked Face Recognition Challenge in ICCV 2021. Enabled by the ultra-large-scale WebFace260M benchmark and the Face Recognition Under Inference Time conStraint (FRUITS) protocol, this challenge (WebFace260M Track) aims to push the frontiers of practical MFR. Since public evaluation sets are mostly saturated or contain noise, a new test set is gathered consisting of elaborated 2,478 celebrities and 60,926 faces. Meanwhile, we collect the world-largest real-world masked test set. In the first phase of WebFace260M Track, 69 teams (total 833 solutions) participate in the challenge and 49 teams exceed the performance of our baseline. There are second phase of the challenge till October 1, 2021 and on-going leaderboard. We will actively update this report in the future.

* The WebFace260M Track of ICCV-21 MFR Challenge is still open in 

Face frontalization for Alignment and Recognition

Feb 03, 2015
Christos Sagonas, Yannis Panagakis, Stefanos Zafeiriou, Maja Pantic

Recently, it was shown that excellent results can be achieved in both face landmark localization and pose-invariant face recognition. These breakthroughs are attributed to the efforts of the community to manually annotate facial images in many different poses and to collect 3D faces data. In this paper, we propose a novel method for joint face landmark localization and frontal face reconstruction (pose correction) using a small set of frontal images only. By observing that the frontal facial image is the one with the minimum rank from all different poses we formulate an appropriate model which is able to jointly recover the facial landmarks as well as the frontalized version of the face. To this end, a suitable optimization problem, involving the minimization of the nuclear norm and the matrix $\ell_1$ norm, is solved. The proposed method is assessed in frontal face reconstruction (pose correction), face landmark localization, and pose-invariant face recognition and verification by conducting experiments on $6$ facial images databases. The experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method.

* 8 pages, 8 figures 

A novel database of Children's Spontaneous Facial Expressions (LIRIS-CSE)

Jan 20, 2019
Rizwan Ahmed Khan, Crenn Arthur, Alexandre Meyer, Saida Bouakaz

Computing environment is moving towards human-centered designs instead of computer centered designs and human's tend to communicate wealth of information through affective states or expressions. Traditional Human Computer Interaction (HCI) based systems ignores bulk of information communicated through those affective states and just caters for user's intentional input. Generally, for evaluating and benchmarking different facial expression analysis algorithms, standardized databases are needed to enable a meaningful comparison. In the absence of comparative tests on such standardized databases it is difficult to find relative strengths and weaknesses of different facial expression recognition algorithms. In this article we present a novel video database for Children's Spontaneous facial Expressions (LIRIS-CSE). Proposed video database contains six basic spontaneous facial expressions shown by 12 ethnically diverse children between the ages of 6 and 12 years with mean age of 7.3 years. To the best of our knowledge, this database is first of its kind as it records and shows spontaneous facial expressions of children. Previously there were few database of children expressions and all of them show posed or exaggerated expressions which are different from spontaneous or natural expressions. Thus, this database will be a milestone for human behavior researchers. This database will be a excellent resource for vision community for benchmarking and comparing results. In this article, we have also proposed framework for automatic expression recognition based on convolutional neural network (CNN) architecture with transfer learning approach. Proposed architecture achieved average classification accuracy of 75% on our proposed database i.e. LIRIS-CSE.


DuetFace: Collaborative Privacy-Preserving Face Recognition via Channel Splitting in the Frequency Domain

Jul 15, 2022
Yuxi Mi, Yuge Huang, Jiazhen Ji, Hongquan Liu, Xingkun Xu, Shouhong Ding, Shuigeng Zhou

With the wide application of face recognition systems, there is rising concern that original face images could be exposed to malicious intents and consequently cause personal privacy breaches. This paper presents DuetFace, a novel privacy-preserving face recognition method that employs collaborative inference in the frequency domain. Starting from a counterintuitive discovery that face recognition can achieve surprisingly good performance with only visually indistinguishable high-frequency channels, this method designs a credible split of frequency channels by their cruciality for visualization and operates the server-side model on non-crucial channels. However, the model degrades in its attention to facial features due to the missing visual information. To compensate, the method introduces a plug-in interactive block to allow attention transfer from the client-side by producing a feature mask. The mask is further refined by deriving and overlaying a facial region of interest (ROI). Extensive experiments on multiple datasets validate the effectiveness of the proposed method in protecting face images from undesired visual inspection, reconstruction, and identification while maintaining high task availability and performance. Results show that the proposed method achieves a comparable recognition accuracy and computation cost to the unprotected ArcFace and outperforms the state-of-the-art privacy-preserving methods. The source code is available at

* Accepted to ACM Multimedia 2022 

SCUT-FBP5500: A Diverse Benchmark Dataset for Multi-Paradigm Facial Beauty Prediction

Jan 19, 2018
Lingyu Liang, Luojun Lin, Lianwen Jin, Duorui Xie, Mengru Li

Facial beauty prediction (FBP) is a significant visual recognition problem to make assessment of facial attractiveness that is consistent to human perception. To tackle this problem, various data-driven models, especially state-of-the-art deep learning techniques, were introduced, and benchmark dataset become one of the essential elements to achieve FBP. Previous works have formulated the recognition of facial beauty as a specific supervised learning problem of classification, regression or ranking, which indicates that FBP is intrinsically a computation problem with multiple paradigms. However, most of FBP benchmark datasets were built under specific computation constrains, which limits the performance and flexibility of the computational model trained on the dataset. In this paper, we argue that FBP is a multi-paradigm computation problem, and propose a new diverse benchmark dataset, called SCUT-FBP5500, to achieve multi-paradigm facial beauty prediction. The SCUT-FBP5500 dataset has totally 5500 frontal faces with diverse properties (male/female, Asian/Caucasian, ages) and diverse labels (face landmarks, beauty scores within [1,~5], beauty score distribution), which allows different computational models with different FBP paradigms, such as appearance-based/shape-based facial beauty classification/regression model for male/female of Asian/Caucasian. We evaluated the SCUT-FBP5500 dataset for FBP using different combinations of feature and predictor, and various deep learning methods. The results indicates the improvement of FBP and the potential applications based on the SCUT-FBP5500.

* 6 pages, 14 figures, conference paper 

Automatic Recognition of Facial Displays of Unfelt Emotions

Jan 09, 2018
Kaustubh Kulkarni, Ciprian Adrian Corneanu, Ikechukwu Ofodile, Sergio Escalera, Xavier Baro, Sylwia Hyniewska, Juri Allik, Gholamreza Anbarjafari

Humans modify their facial expressions in order to communicate their internal states and sometimes to mislead observers regarding their true emotional states. Evidence in experimental psychology shows that discriminative facial responses are short and subtle. This suggests that such behavior would be easier to distinguish when captured in high resolution at an increased frame rate. We are proposing SASE-FE, the first dataset of facial expressions that are either congruent or incongruent with underlying emotion states. We show that overall the problem of recognizing whether facial movements are expressions of authentic emotions or not can be successfully addressed by learning spatio-temporal representations of the data. For this purpose, we propose a method that aggregates features along fiducial trajectories in a deeply learnt space. Performance of the proposed model shows that on average it is easier to distinguish among genuine facial expressions of emotion than among unfelt facial expressions of emotion and that certain emotion pairs such as contempt and disgust are more difficult to distinguish than the rest. Furthermore, the proposed methodology improves state of the art results on CK+ and OULU-CASIA datasets for video emotion recognition, and achieves competitive results when classifying facial action units on BP4D datase.