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Photofeeler-D3: A Neural Network with Voter Modeling for Dating Photo Impression Prediction

May 10, 2019
Agastya Kalra, Ben Peterson

In just a few years, online dating has become the dominant way that young people meet to date, making the deceptively error-prone task of picking good dating profile photos vital to a generation's ability to form romantic connections. Until now, artificial intelligence approaches to Dating Photo Impression Prediction (DPIP) have been very inaccurate, unadaptable to real-world application, and have only taken into account a subject's physical attractiveness. To that effect, we propose Photofeeler-D3 - the first convolutional neural network as accurate as 10 human votes for how smart, trustworthy, and attractive the subject appears in highly variable dating photos. Our "attractive" output is also applicable to Facial Beauty Prediction (FBP), making Photofeeler-D3 state-of-the-art for both DPIP and FBP. We achieve this by leveraging Photofeeler's Dating Dataset (PDD) with over 1 million images and tens of millions of votes, our novel technique of voter modeling, and cutting-edge computer vision techniques.

* 10 pages, 3 figures, 5 tables 

Photofeeler-D3: A Neural Network with Voter Modeling for Dating Photo Rating

Apr 16, 2019
Agastya Kalra, Ben Peterson

Online dating has gained substantial popularity in the last twenty years, making picking one's best dating profile photos more vital than ever before. To that effect, we propose Photofeeler-D3 - the first convolutional neural network to rate dating photos for how smart, trustworthy, and attractive the subject appears. We name this task Dating Photo Rating (DPR). Leveraging Photofeeler's Dating Dataset (PDD) with over 1 million images and tens of millions of votes, Photofeeler-D3 achieves a 28\% higher correlation to human votes than existing online AI platforms for DPR. We introduce the novel concept of voter modeling and use it to achieve this benchmark. The "attractive" output of our model can also be used for Facial Beauty Prediction (FBP) and achieve state-of-the-art results. Without training on a single image from the HotOrNot dataset, we achieve 10\% higher correlation than any model from literature. Finally, we demonstrate that Photofeeler-D3 achieves approximately the same correlation as 10 unnormalized and unweighted human votes, making it the state-of-the-art for both tasks: DPR and FBP.

* 10 pages, 3 figures, 5 tables 

Netizen-Style Commenting on Fashion Photos: Dataset and Diversity Measures

Jan 31, 2018
Wen Hua Lin, Kuan-Ting Chen, Hung Yueh Chiang, Winston Hsu

Recently, deep neural network models have achieved promising results in image captioning task. Yet, "vanilla" sentences, only describing shallow appearances (e.g., types, colors), generated by current works are not satisfied netizen style resulting in lacking engagements, contexts, and user intentions. To tackle this problem, we propose Netizen Style Commenting (NSC), to automatically generate characteristic comments to a user-contributed fashion photo. We are devoted to modulating the comments in a vivid "netizen" style which reflects the culture in a designated social community and hopes to facilitate more engagement with users. In this work, we design a novel framework that consists of three major components: (1) We construct a large-scale clothing dataset named NetiLook, which contains 300K posts (photos) with 5M comments to discover netizen-style comments. (2) We propose three unique measures to estimate the diversity of comments. (3) We bring diversity by marrying topic models with neural networks to make up the insufficiency of conventional image captioning works. Experimenting over Flickr30k and our NetiLook datasets, we demonstrate our proposed approaches benefit fashion photo commenting and improve image captioning tasks both in accuracy and diversity.

* The Web Conference (WWW) 2018 

Using User Generated Online Photos to Estimate and Monitor Air Pollution in Major Cities

Aug 20, 2015
Yuncheng Li, Jifei Huang, Jiebo Luo

With the rapid development of economy in China over the past decade, air pollution has become an increasingly serious problem in major cities and caused grave public health concerns in China. Recently, a number of studies have dealt with air quality and air pollution. Among them, some attempt to predict and monitor the air quality from different sources of information, ranging from deployed physical sensors to social media. These methods are either too expensive or unreliable, prompting us to search for a novel and effective way to sense the air quality. In this study, we propose to employ the state of the art in computer vision techniques to analyze photos that can be easily acquired from online social media. Next, we establish the correlation between the haze level computed directly from photos with the official PM 2.5 record of the taken city at the taken time. Our experiments based on both synthetic and real photos have shown the promise of this image-based approach to estimating and monitoring air pollution.

* ICIMCS '15 

Learning Pixel-Adaptive Weights for Portrait Photo Retouching

Dec 07, 2021
Binglu Wang, Chengzhe Lu, Dawei Yan, Yongqiang Zhao

Portrait photo retouching is a photo retouching task that emphasizes human-region priority and group-level consistency. The lookup table-based method achieves promising retouching performance by learning image-adaptive weights to combine 3-dimensional lookup tables (3D LUTs) and conducting pixel-to-pixel color transformation. However, this paradigm ignores the local context cues and applies the same transformation to portrait pixels and background pixels when they exhibit the same raw RGB values. In contrast, an expert usually conducts different operations to adjust the color temperatures and tones of portrait regions and background regions. This inspires us to model local context cues to improve the retouching quality explicitly. Firstly, we consider an image patch and predict pixel-adaptive lookup table weights to precisely retouch the center pixel. Secondly, as neighboring pixels exhibit different affinities to the center pixel, we estimate a local attention mask to modulate the influence of neighboring pixels. Thirdly, the quality of the local attention mask can be further improved by applying supervision, which is based on the affinity map calculated by the groundtruth portrait mask. As for group-level consistency, we propose to directly constrain the variance of mean color components in the Lab space. Extensive experiments on PPR10K dataset verify the effectiveness of our method, e.g. on high-resolution photos, the PSNR metric receives over 0.5 gains while the group-level consistency metric obtains at least 2.1 decreases.

* Techinical report 

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 

Semi-Supervised Learning for Face Sketch Synthesis in the Wild

Dec 12, 2018
Chaofeng Chen, Wei Liu, Xiao Tan, Kwan-Yee K. Wong

Face sketch synthesis has made great progress in the past few years. Recent methods based on deep neural networks are able to generate high quality sketches from face photos. However, due to the lack of training data (photo-sketch pairs), none of such deep learning based methods can be applied successfully to face photos in the wild. In this paper, we propose a semi-supervised deep learning architecture which extends face sketch synthesis to handle face photos in the wild by exploiting additional face photos in training. Instead of supervising the network with ground truth sketches, we first perform patch matching in feature space between the input photo and photos in a small reference set of photo-sketch pairs. We then compose a pseudo sketch feature representation using the corresponding sketch feature patches to supervise our network. With the proposed approach, we can train our networks using a small reference set of photo-sketch pairs together with a large face photo dataset without ground truth sketches. Experiments show that our method achieve state-of-the-art performance both on public benchmarks and face photos in the wild. Codes are available at

* ACCV2018, Codes are available at 

Storytelling of Photo Stream with Bidirectional Multi-thread Recurrent Neural Network

Jun 02, 2016
Yu Liu, Jianlong Fu, Tao Mei, Chang Wen Chen

Visual storytelling aims to generate human-level narrative language (i.e., a natural paragraph with multiple sentences) from a photo streams. A typical photo story consists of a global timeline with multi-thread local storylines, where each storyline occurs in one different scene. Such complex structure leads to large content gaps at scene transitions between consecutive photos. Most existing image/video captioning methods can only achieve limited performance, because the units in traditional recurrent neural networks (RNN) tend to "forget" the previous state when the visual sequence is inconsistent. In this paper, we propose a novel visual storytelling approach with Bidirectional Multi-thread Recurrent Neural Network (BMRNN). First, based on the mined local storylines, a skip gated recurrent unit (sGRU) with delay control is proposed to maintain longer range visual information. Second, by using sGRU as basic units, the BMRNN is trained to align the local storylines into the global sequential timeline. Third, a new training scheme with a storyline-constrained objective function is proposed by jointly considering both global and local matches. Experiments on three standard storytelling datasets show that the BMRNN model outperforms the state-of-the-art methods.


Understanding Aesthetics with Language: A Photo Critique Dataset for Aesthetic Assessment

Jun 17, 2022
Daniel Vera Nieto, Luigi Celona, Clara Fernandez-Labrador

Computational inference of aesthetics is an ill-defined task due to its subjective nature. Many datasets have been proposed to tackle the problem by providing pairs of images and aesthetic scores based on human ratings. However, humans are better at expressing their opinion, taste, and emotions by means of language rather than summarizing them in a single number. In fact, photo critiques provide much richer information as they reveal how and why users rate the aesthetics of visual stimuli. In this regard, we propose the Reddit Photo Critique Dataset (RPCD), which contains tuples of image and photo critiques. RPCD consists of 74K images and 220K comments and is collected from a Reddit community used by hobbyists and professional photographers to improve their photography skills by leveraging constructive community feedback. The proposed dataset differs from previous aesthetics datasets mainly in three aspects, namely (i) the large scale of the dataset and the extension of the comments criticizing different aspects of the image, (ii) it contains mostly UltraHD images, and (iii) it can easily be extended to new data as it is collected through an automatic pipeline. To the best of our knowledge, in this work, we propose the first attempt to estimate the aesthetic quality of visual stimuli from the critiques. To this end, we exploit the polarity of the sentiment of criticism as an indicator of aesthetic judgment. We demonstrate how sentiment polarity correlates positively with the aesthetic judgment available for two aesthetic assessment benchmarks. Finally, we experiment with several models by using the sentiment scores as a target for ranking images. Dataset and baselines are available (


Deep Sketch-Photo Face Recognition Assisted by Facial Attributes

Jul 31, 2018
Seyed Mehdi Iranmanesh, Hadi Kazemi, Sobhan Soleymani, Ali Dabouei, Nasser M. Nasrabadi

In this paper, we present a deep coupled framework to address the problem of matching sketch image against a gallery of mugshots. Face sketches have the essential in- formation about the spatial topology and geometric details of faces while missing some important facial attributes such as ethnicity, hair, eye, and skin color. We propose a cou- pled deep neural network architecture which utilizes facial attributes in order to improve the sketch-photo recognition performance. The proposed Attribute-Assisted Deep Con- volutional Neural Network (AADCNN) method exploits the facial attributes and leverages the loss functions from the facial attributes identification and face verification tasks in order to learn rich discriminative features in a common em- bedding subspace. The facial attribute identification task increases the inter-personal variations by pushing apart the embedded features extracted from individuals with differ- ent facial attributes, while the verification task reduces the intra-personal variations by pulling together all the fea- tures that are related to one person. The learned discrim- inative features can be well generalized to new identities not seen in the training data. The proposed architecture is able to make full use of the sketch and complementary fa- cial attribute information to train a deep model compared to the conventional sketch-photo recognition methods. Exten- sive experiments are performed on composite (E-PRIP) and semi-forensic (IIIT-D semi-forensic) datasets. The results show the superiority of our method compared to the state- of-the-art models in sketch-photo recognition algorithms