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"facial recognition": models, code, and papers

Priming Deep Neural Networks with Synthetic Faces for Enhanced Performance

Nov 19, 2018
Adam Kortylewski, Andreas Schneider, Thomas Gerig, Clemens Blumer, Bernhard Egger, Corius Reyneke, Andreas Morel-Forster, Thomas Vetter

Today's most successful facial image analysis systems are based on deep neural networks. However, a major limitation of such deep learning approaches is that their performance depends strongly on the availability of large annotated datasets. In this work, we prime deep neural networks by pre-training them with synthetic face images for specific facial analysis tasks. We demonstrate that this approach enhances both the generalization performance as well as the dataset efficiency of deep neural networks. Using a 3D morphable face model, we generate arbitrary amounts of annotated data with full control over image characteristics such as facial shape and color, pose, illumination, and background. With a series of experiments, we extensively test the effect of priming deep neural networks with synthetic face examples for two popular facial image analysis tasks: face recognition and facial landmark detection. We observed the following positive effects for both tasks: 1) Priming with synthetic face images improves the generalization performance consistently across all benchmark datasets. 2) The amount of real-world data needed to achieve competitive performance is reduced by 75% for face recognition and by 50% for facial landmark detection. 3) Priming with synthetic faces is consistently superior at enhancing the performance of deep neural networks than data augmentation and transfer learning techniques. Furthermore, our experiments provide evidence that priming with synthetic faces is able to enhance performance because it reduces the negative effects of biases present in real-world training data. The proposed synthetic face image generator, as well as the software used for our experiments, have been made publicly available.

* Preprint. arXiv admin note: text overlap with arXiv:1802.05891 

Learning Grimaces by Watching TV

Oct 07, 2016
Samuel Albanie, Andrea Vedaldi

Differently from computer vision systems which require explicit supervision, humans can learn facial expressions by observing people in their environment. In this paper, we look at how similar capabilities could be developed in machine vision. As a starting point, we consider the problem of relating facial expressions to objectively measurable events occurring in videos. In particular, we consider a gameshow in which contestants play to win significant sums of money. We extract events affecting the game and corresponding facial expressions objectively and automatically from the videos, obtaining large quantities of labelled data for our study. We also develop, using benchmarks such as FER and SFEW 2.0, state-of-the-art deep neural networks for facial expression recognition, showing that pre-training on face verification data can be highly beneficial for this task. Then, we extend these models to use facial expressions to predict events in videos and learn nameable expressions from them. The dataset and emotion recognition models are available at

* British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC) 2016 

POSTER: A Pyramid Cross-Fusion Transformer Network for Facial Expression Recognition

Apr 08, 2022
Ce Zheng, Matias Mendieta, Chen Chen

Facial Expression Recognition (FER) has received increasing interest in the computer vision community. As a challenging task, there are three key issues especially prevalent in FER: inter-class similarity, intra-class discrepancy, and scale sensitivity. Existing methods typically address some of these issues, but do not tackle them all in a unified framework. Therefore, in this paper, we propose a two-stream Pyramid crOss-fuSion TransformER network (POSTER) that aims to holistically solve these issues. Specifically, we design a transformer-based cross-fusion paradigm that enables effective collaboration of facial landmark and direct image features to maximize proper attention to salient facial regions. Furthermore, POSTER employs a pyramid structure to promote scale invariance. Extensive experimental results demonstrate that our POSTER outperforms SOTA methods on RAF-DB with 92.05%, FERPlus with 91.62%, AffectNet (7 cls) with 67.31%, and AffectNet (8 cls) with 63.34%, respectively.


Spatio-Temporal Transformer for Dynamic Facial Expression Recognition in the Wild

May 10, 2022
Fuyan Ma, Bin Sun, Shutao Li

Previous methods for dynamic facial expression in the wild are mainly based on Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs), whose local operations ignore the long-range dependencies in videos. To solve this problem, we propose the spatio-temporal Transformer (STT) to capture discriminative features within each frame and model contextual relationships among frames. Spatio-temporal dependencies are captured and integrated by our unified Transformer. Specifically, given an image sequence consisting of multiple frames as input, we utilize the CNN backbone to translate each frame into a visual feature sequence. Subsequently, the spatial attention and the temporal attention within each block are jointly applied for learning spatio-temporal representations at the sequence level. In addition, we propose the compact softmax cross entropy loss to further encourage the learned features have the minimum intra-class distance and the maximum inter-class distance. Experiments on two in-the-wild dynamic facial expression datasets (i.e., DFEW and AFEW) indicate that our method provides an effective way to make use of the spatial and temporal dependencies for dynamic facial expression recognition. The source code and the training logs will be made publicly available.


AU-Guided Unsupervised Domain Adaptive Facial Expression Recognition

Dec 18, 2020
Kai Wang, Yuxin Gu, Xiaojiang Peng, Baigui Sun, Hao Li

The domain diversities including inconsistent annotation and varied image collection conditions inevitably exist among different facial expression recognition (FER) datasets, which pose an evident challenge for adapting the FER model trained on one dataset to another one. Recent works mainly focus on domain-invariant deep feature learning with adversarial learning mechanism, ignoring the sibling facial action unit (AU) detection task which has obtained great progress. Considering AUs objectively determine facial expressions, this paper proposes an AU-guided unsupervised Domain Adaptive FER (AdaFER) framework. In AdaFER, we first leverage an advanced model for AU detection on both source and target domain. Then, we compare the AU results to perform AU-guided annotating, i.e., target faces that own the same AUs with source faces would inherit the labels from source domain. Meanwhile, to achieve domain-invariant compact features, we utilize an AU-guided triplet training which randomly collects anchor-positive-negative triplets on both domains with AUs. We conduct extensive experiments on several popular benchmarks and show that AdaFER achieves state-of-the-art results on all the benchmarks.

* This is a very simple CD-FER framework 

Pose-adaptive Hierarchical Attention Network for Facial Expression Recognition

May 24, 2019
Yuanyuan Liu, Jiyao Peng, Jiabei Zeng, Shiguang Shan

Multi-view facial expression recognition (FER) is a challenging task because the appearance of an expression varies in poses. To alleviate the influences of poses, recent methods either perform pose normalization or learn separate FER classifiers for each pose. However, these methods usually have two stages and rely on good performance of pose estimators. Different from existing methods, we propose a pose-adaptive hierarchical attention network (PhaNet) that can jointly recognize the facial expressions and poses in unconstrained environment. Specifically, PhaNet discovers the most relevant regions to the facial expression by an attention mechanism in hierarchical scales, and the most informative scales are then selected to learn the pose-invariant and expression-discriminative representations. PhaNet is end-to-end trainable by minimizing the hierarchical attention losses, the FER loss and pose loss with dynamically learned loss weights. We validate the effectiveness of the proposed PhaNet on three multi-view datasets (BU-3DFE, Multi-pie, and KDEF) and two in-the-wild FER datasets (AffectNet and SFEW). Extensive experiments demonstrate that our framework outperforms the state-of-the-arts under both within-dataset and cross-dataset settings, achieving the average accuracies of 84.92\%, 93.53\%, 88.5\%, 54.82\% and 31.25\% respectively.

* 12 pages, 15 figures 

Human Face Recognition from Part of a Facial Image based on Image Stitching

Mar 10, 2022
Osama R. Shahin, Rami Ayedi, Alanazi Rayan, Rasha M. Abd El-Aziz, Ahmed I. Taloba

Most of the current techniques for face recognition require the presence of a full face of the person to be recognized, and this situation is difficult to achieve in practice, the required person may appear with a part of his face, which requires prediction of the part that did not appear. Most of the current forecasting processes are done by what is known as image interpolation, which does not give reliable results, especially if the missing part is large. In this work, we adopted the process of stitching the face by completing the missing part with the flipping of the part shown in the picture, depending on the fact that the human face is characterized by symmetry in most cases. To create a complete model, two facial recognition methods were used to prove the efficiency of the algorithm. The selected face recognition algorithms that are applied here are Eigenfaces and geometrical methods. Image stitching is the process during which distinctive photographic images are combined to make a complete scene or a high-resolution image. Several images are integrated to form a wide-angle panoramic image. The quality of the image stitching is determined by calculating the similarity among the stitched image and original images and by the presence of the seam lines through the stitched images. The Eigenfaces approach utilizes PCA calculation to reduce the feature vector dimensions. It provides an effective approach for discovering the lower-dimensional space. In addition, to enable the proposed algorithm to recognize the face, it also ensures a fast and effective way of classifying faces. The phase of feature extraction is followed by the classifier phase.


Optimizing Filter Size in Convolutional Neural Networks for Facial Action Unit Recognition

Nov 22, 2017
Shizhong Han, Zibo Meng, Zhiyuan Li, James O'Reilly, Jie Cai, Xiaofeng Wang, Yan Tong

Recognizing facial action units (AUs) during spontaneous facial displays is a challenging problem. Most recently, Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) have shown promise for facial AU recognition, where predefined and fixed convolution filter sizes are employed. In order to achieve the best performance, the optimal filter size is often empirically found by conducting extensive experimental validation. Such a training process suffers from expensive training cost, especially as the network becomes deeper. This paper proposes a novel Optimized Filter Size CNN (OFS-CNN), where the filter sizes and weights of all convolutional layers are learned simultaneously from the training data along with learning convolution filters. Specifically, the filter size is defined as a continuous variable, which is optimized by minimizing the training loss. Experimental results on two AU-coded spontaneous databases have shown that the proposed OFS-CNN is capable of estimating optimal filter size for varying image resolution and outperforms traditional CNNs with the best filter size obtained by exhaustive search. The OFS-CNN also beats the CNN using multiple filter sizes and more importantly, is much more efficient during testing with the proposed forward-backward propagation algorithm.


On the Learning of Deep Local Features for Robust Face Spoofing Detection

Oct 11, 2018
Gustavo Botelho de Souza, João Paulo Papa, Aparecido Nilceu Marana

Biometrics emerged as a robust solution for security systems. However, given the dissemination of biometric applications, criminals are developing techniques to circumvent them by simulating physical or behavioral traits of legal users (spoofing attacks). Despite face being a promising characteristic due to its universality, acceptability and presence of cameras almost everywhere, face recognition systems are extremely vulnerable to such frauds since they can be easily fooled with common printed facial photographs. State-of-the-art approaches, based on Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs), present good results in face spoofing detection. However, these methods do not consider the importance of learning deep local features from each facial region, even though it is known from face recognition that each facial region presents different visual aspects, which can also be exploited for face spoofing detection. In this work we propose a novel CNN architecture trained in two steps for such task. Initially, each part of the neural network learns features from a given facial region. Afterwards, the whole model is fine-tuned on the whole facial images. Results show that such pre-training step allows the CNN to learn different local spoofing cues, improving the performance and the convergence speed of the final model, outperforming the state-of-the-art approaches.

* Proceedings of 31st Conference on Graphics, Patterns and Images (SIBGRAPI) 2018 

Multimodal Affect Recognition using Kinect

Jul 09, 2016
Amol Patwardhan, Gerald Knapp

Affect (emotion) recognition has gained significant attention from researchers in the past decade. Emotion-aware computer systems and devices have many applications ranging from interactive robots, intelligent online tutor to emotion based navigation assistant. In this research data from multiple modalities such as face, head, hand, body and speech was utilized for affect recognition. The research used color and depth sensing device such as Kinect for facial feature extraction and tracking human body joints. Temporal features across multiple frames were used for affect recognition. Event driven decision level fusion was used to combine the results from each individual modality using majority voting to recognize the emotions. The study also implemented affect recognition by matching the features to the rule based emotion templates per modality. Experiments showed that multimodal affect recognition rates using combination of emotion templates and supervised learning were better compared to recognition rates based on supervised learning alone. Recognition rates obtained using temporal feature were higher compared to recognition rates obtained using position based features only.

* 9 pages, 2 tables, 1 figure, Peer reviewed in ACM TIST