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"facial recognition": models, code, and papers

Weakly Supervised Regional and Temporal Learning for Facial Action Unit Recognition

Apr 01, 2022
Jingwei Yan, Jingjing Wang, Qiang Li, Chunmao Wang, Shiliang Pu

Automatic facial action unit (AU) recognition is a challenging task due to the scarcity of manual annotations. To alleviate this problem, a large amount of efforts has been dedicated to exploiting various weakly supervised methods which leverage numerous unlabeled data. However, many aspects with regard to some unique properties of AUs, such as the regional and relational characteristics, are not sufficiently explored in previous works. Motivated by this, we take the AU properties into consideration and propose two auxiliary AU related tasks to bridge the gap between limited annotations and the model performance in a self-supervised manner via the unlabeled data. Specifically, to enhance the discrimination of regional features with AU relation embedding, we design a task of RoI inpainting to recover the randomly cropped AU patches. Meanwhile, a single image based optical flow estimation task is proposed to leverage the dynamic change of facial muscles and encode the motion information into the global feature representation. Based on these two self-supervised auxiliary tasks, local features, mutual relation and motion cues of AUs are better captured in the backbone network. Furthermore, by incorporating semi-supervised learning, we propose an end-to-end trainable framework named weakly supervised regional and temporal learning (WSRTL) for AU recognition. Extensive experiments on BP4D and DISFA demonstrate the superiority of our method and new state-of-the-art performances are achieved.

* The first two authors contributed equally to this work. Extension of arXiv:2107.14399. Accepted to IEEE Transactions on Multimedia 2022 

Suppressing Uncertainties for Large-Scale Facial Expression Recognition

Mar 06, 2020
Kai Wang, Xiaojiang Peng, Jianfei Yang, Shijian Lu, Yu Qiao

Annotating a qualitative large-scale facial expression dataset is extremely difficult due to the uncertainties caused by ambiguous facial expressions, low-quality facial images, and the subjectiveness of annotators. These uncertainties lead to a key challenge of large-scale Facial Expression Recognition (FER) in deep learning era. To address this problem, this paper proposes a simple yet efficient Self-Cure Network (SCN) which suppresses the uncertainties efficiently and prevents deep networks from over-fitting uncertain facial images. Specifically, SCN suppresses the uncertainty from two different aspects: 1) a self-attention mechanism over mini-batch to weight each training sample with a ranking regularization, and 2) a careful relabeling mechanism to modify the labels of these samples in the lowest-ranked group. Experiments on synthetic FER datasets and our collected WebEmotion dataset validate the effectiveness of our method. Results on public benchmarks demonstrate that our SCN outperforms current state-of-the-art methods with \textbf{88.14}\% on RAF-DB, \textbf{60.23}\% on AffectNet, and \textbf{89.35}\% on FERPlus. The code will be available at \href{}{}.

* This manuscript has been accepted by CVPR2020 

Efficient Facial Representations for Age, Gender and Identity Recognition in Organizing Photo Albums using Multi-output CNN

Aug 15, 2018
Andrey V. Savchenko

This paper is focused on the automatic extraction of persons and their attributes (gender, year of born) from album of photos and videos. We propose the two-stage approach, in which, firstly, the convolutional neural network simultaneously predicts age/gender from all photos and additionally extracts facial representations suitable for face identification. We modified the MobileNet, which is preliminarily trained to perform face recognition, in order to additionally recognize age and gender. In the second stage of our approach, extracted faces are grouped using hierarchical agglomerative clustering techniques. The born year and gender of a person in each cluster are estimated using aggregation of predictions for individual photos. We experimentally demonstrated that our facial clustering quality is competitive with the state-of-the-art neural networks, though our implementation is much computationally cheaper. Moreover, our approach is characterized by more accurate video-based age/gender recognition when compared to the publicly available models.

* 14 pages, 2 figures, 6 tables 

Towards Semi-Supervised Deep Facial Expression Recognition with An Adaptive Confidence Margin

Mar 24, 2022
Hangyu Li, Nannan Wang, Xi Yang, Xiaoyu Wang, Xinbo Gao

Only parts of unlabeled data are selected to train models for most semi-supervised learning methods, whose confidence scores are usually higher than the pre-defined threshold (i.e., the confidence margin). We argue that the recognition performance should be further improved by making full use of all unlabeled data. In this paper, we learn an Adaptive Confidence Margin (Ada-CM) to fully leverage all unlabeled data for semi-supervised deep facial expression recognition. All unlabeled samples are partitioned into two subsets by comparing their confidence scores with the adaptively learned confidence margin at each training epoch: (1) subset I including samples whose confidence scores are no lower than the margin; (2) subset II including samples whose confidence scores are lower than the margin. For samples in subset I, we constrain their predictions to match pseudo labels. Meanwhile, samples in subset II participate in the feature-level contrastive objective to learn effective facial expression features. We extensively evaluate Ada-CM on four challenging datasets, showing that our method achieves state-of-the-art performance, especially surpassing fully-supervised baselines in a semi-supervised manner. Ablation study further proves the effectiveness of our method. The source code is available at

* Accepted by CVPR2022 

Deep Learning For Smile Recognition

Jul 25, 2017
Patrick O. Glauner

Inspired by recent successes of deep learning in computer vision, we propose a novel application of deep convolutional neural networks to facial expression recognition, in particular smile recognition. A smile recognition test accuracy of 99.45% is achieved for the Denver Intensity of Spontaneous Facial Action (DISFA) database, significantly outperforming existing approaches based on hand-crafted features with accuracies ranging from 65.55% to 79.67%. The novelty of this approach includes a comprehensive model selection of the architecture parameters, allowing to find an appropriate architecture for each expression such as smile. This is feasible because all experiments were run on a Tesla K40c GPU, allowing a speedup of factor 10 over traditional computations on a CPU.

* Proceedings of the 12th Conference on Uncertainty Modelling in Knowledge Engineering and Decision Making (FLINS 2016) 

Domain-Incremental Continual Learning for Mitigating Bias in Facial Expression and Action Unit Recognition

Mar 15, 2021
Nikhil Churamani, Ozgur Kara, Hatice Gunes

As Facial Expression Recognition (FER) systems become integrated into our daily lives, these systems need to prioritise making fair decisions instead of aiming at higher individual accuracy scores. Ranging from surveillance systems to diagnosing mental and emotional health conditions of individuals, these systems need to balance the accuracy vs fairness trade-off to make decisions that do not unjustly discriminate against specific under-represented demographic groups. Identifying bias as a critical problem in facial analysis systems, different methods have been proposed that aim to mitigate bias both at data and algorithmic levels. In this work, we propose the novel usage of Continual Learning (CL), in particular, using Domain-Incremental Learning (Domain-IL) settings, as a potent bias mitigation method to enhance the fairness of FER systems while guarding against biases arising from skewed data distributions. We compare different non-CL-based and CL-based methods for their classification accuracy and fairness scores on expression recognition and Action Unit (AU) detection tasks using two popular benchmarks, the RAF-DB and BP4D datasets, respectively. Our experimental results show that CL-based methods, on average, outperform other popular bias mitigation techniques on both accuracy and fairness metrics.


Emotive Response to a Hybrid-Face Robot and Translation to Consumer Social Robots

Dec 08, 2020
Maitreyee Wairagkar, Maria R Lima, Daniel Bazo, Richard Craig, Hugo Weissbart, Appolinaire C Etoundi, Tobias Reichenbach, Prashant Iyenger, Sneh Vaswani, Christopher James, Payam Barnaghi, Chris Melhuish, Ravi Vaidyanathan

We introduce the conceptual formulation, design, fabrication, control and commercial translation with IoT connection of a hybrid-face social robot and validation of human emotional response to its affective interactions. The hybrid-face robot integrates a 3D printed faceplate and a digital display to simplify conveyance of complex facial movements while providing the impression of three-dimensional depth for natural interaction. We map the space of potential emotions of the robot to specific facial feature parameters and characterise the recognisability of the humanoid hybrid-face robot's archetypal facial expressions. We introduce pupil dilation as an additional degree of freedom for conveyance of emotive states. Human interaction experiments demonstrate the ability to effectively convey emotion from the hybrid-robot face to human observers by mapping their neurophysiological electroencephalography (EEG) response to perceived emotional information and through interviews. Results show main hybrid-face robotic expressions can be discriminated with recognition rates above 80% and invoke human emotive response similar to that of actual human faces as measured by the face-specific N170 event-related potentials in EEG. The hybrid-face robot concept has been modified, implemented, and released in the commercial IoT robotic platform Miko (My Companion), an affective robot with facial and conversational features currently in use for human-robot interaction in children by Emotix Inc. We demonstrate that human EEG responses to Miko emotions are comparative to neurophysiological responses for actual human facial recognition. Finally, interviews show above 90% expression recognition rates in our commercial robot. We conclude that simplified hybrid-face abstraction conveys emotions effectively and enhances human-robot interaction.

* This work has been submitted to the IEEE for possible publication. Copyright may be transferred without notice, after which this version may no longer be accessible 

UV-GAN: Adversarial Facial UV Map Completion for Pose-invariant Face Recognition

Dec 13, 2017
Jiankang Deng, Shiyang Cheng, Niannan Xue, Yuxiang Zhou, Stefanos Zafeiriou

Recently proposed robust 3D face alignment methods establish either dense or sparse correspondence between a 3D face model and a 2D facial image. The use of these methods presents new challenges as well as opportunities for facial texture analysis. In particular, by sampling the image using the fitted model, a facial UV can be created. Unfortunately, due to self-occlusion, such a UV map is always incomplete. In this paper, we propose a framework for training Deep Convolutional Neural Network (DCNN) to complete the facial UV map extracted from in-the-wild images. To this end, we first gather complete UV maps by fitting a 3D Morphable Model (3DMM) to various multiview image and video datasets, as well as leveraging on a new 3D dataset with over 3,000 identities. Second, we devise a meticulously designed architecture that combines local and global adversarial DCNNs to learn an identity-preserving facial UV completion model. We demonstrate that by attaching the completed UV to the fitted mesh and generating instances of arbitrary poses, we can increase pose variations for training deep face recognition/verification models, and minimise pose discrepancy during testing, which lead to better performance. Experiments on both controlled and in-the-wild UV datasets prove the effectiveness of our adversarial UV completion model. We achieve state-of-the-art verification accuracy, $94.05\%$, under the CFP frontal-profile protocol only by combining pose augmentation during training and pose discrepancy reduction during testing. We will release the first in-the-wild UV dataset (we refer as WildUV) that comprises of complete facial UV maps from 1,892 identities for research purposes.


Deep Representation of Facial Geometric and Photometric Attributes for Automatic 3D Facial Expression Recognition

Nov 10, 2015
Huibin Li, Jian Sun, Dong Wang, Zongben Xu, Liming Chen

In this paper, we present a novel approach to automatic 3D Facial Expression Recognition (FER) based on deep representation of facial 3D geometric and 2D photometric attributes. A 3D face is firstly represented by its geometric and photometric attributes, including the geometry map, normal maps, normalized curvature map and texture map. These maps are then fed into a pre-trained deep convolutional neural network to generate the deep representation. Then the facial expression prediction is simplyachieved by training linear SVMs over the deep representation for different maps and fusing these SVM scores. The visualizations show that the deep representation provides a complete and highly discriminative coding scheme for 3D faces. Comprehensive experiments on the BU-3DFE database demonstrate that the proposed deep representation can outperform the widely used hand-crafted descriptors (i.e., LBP, SIFT, HOG, Gabor) and the state-of-art approaches under the same experimental protocols.