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GMFIM: A Generative Mask-guided Facial Image Manipulation Model for Privacy Preservation

Jan 10, 2022
Mohammad Hossein Khojaste, Nastaran Moradzadeh Farid, Ahmad Nickabadi

The use of social media websites and applications has become very popular and people share their photos on these networks. Automatic recognition and tagging of people's photos on these networks has raised privacy preservation issues and users seek methods for hiding their identities from these algorithms. Generative adversarial networks (GANs) are shown to be very powerful in generating face images in high diversity and also in editing face images. In this paper, we propose a Generative Mask-guided Face Image Manipulation (GMFIM) model based on GANs to apply imperceptible editing to the input face image to preserve the privacy of the person in the image. Our model consists of three main components: a) the face mask module to cut the face area out of the input image and omit the background, b) the GAN-based optimization module for manipulating the face image and hiding the identity and, c) the merge module for combining the background of the input image and the manipulated de-identified face image. Different criteria are considered in the loss function of the optimization step to produce high-quality images that are as similar as possible to the input image while they cannot be recognized by AFR systems. The results of the experiments on different datasets show that our model can achieve better performance against automated face recognition systems in comparison to the state-of-the-art methods and it catches a higher attack success rate in most experiments from a total of 18. Moreover, the generated images of our proposed model have the highest quality and are more pleasing to human eyes.


Audio2Head: Audio-driven One-shot Talking-head Generation with Natural Head Motion

Jul 20, 2021
Suzhen Wang, Lincheng Li, Yu Ding, Changjie Fan, Xin Yu

We propose an audio-driven talking-head method to generate photo-realistic talking-head videos from a single reference image. In this work, we tackle two key challenges: (i) producing natural head motions that match speech prosody, and (ii) maintaining the appearance of a speaker in a large head motion while stabilizing the non-face regions. We first design a head pose predictor by modeling rigid 6D head movements with a motion-aware recurrent neural network (RNN). In this way, the predicted head poses act as the low-frequency holistic movements of a talking head, thus allowing our latter network to focus on detailed facial movement generation. To depict the entire image motions arising from audio, we exploit a keypoint based dense motion field representation. Then, we develop a motion field generator to produce the dense motion fields from input audio, head poses, and a reference image. As this keypoint based representation models the motions of facial regions, head, and backgrounds integrally, our method can better constrain the spatial and temporal consistency of the generated videos. Finally, an image generation network is employed to render photo-realistic talking-head videos from the estimated keypoint based motion fields and the input reference image. Extensive experiments demonstrate that our method produces videos with plausible head motions, synchronized facial expressions, and stable backgrounds and outperforms the state-of-the-art.

* IJCAI 2021 

Neural Free-Viewpoint Performance Rendering under Complex Human-object Interactions

Aug 03, 2021
Guoxing Sun, Xin Chen, Yizhang Chen, Anqi Pang, Pei Lin, Yuheng Jiang, Lan Xu, Jingya Wang, Jingyi Yu

4D reconstruction of human-object interaction is critical for immersive VR/AR experience and human activity understanding. Recent advances still fail to recover fine geometry and texture results from sparse RGB inputs, especially under challenging human-object interactions scenarios. In this paper, we propose a neural human performance capture and rendering system to generate both high-quality geometry and photo-realistic texture of both human and objects under challenging interaction scenarios in arbitrary novel views, from only sparse RGB streams. To deal with complex occlusions raised by human-object interactions, we adopt a layer-wise scene decoupling strategy and perform volumetric reconstruction and neural rendering of the human and object. Specifically, for geometry reconstruction, we propose an interaction-aware human-object capture scheme that jointly considers the human reconstruction and object reconstruction with their correlations. Occlusion-aware human reconstruction and robust human-aware object tracking are proposed for consistent 4D human-object dynamic reconstruction. For neural texture rendering, we propose a layer-wise human-object rendering scheme, which combines direction-aware neural blending weight learning and spatial-temporal texture completion to provide high-resolution and photo-realistic texture results in the occluded scenarios. Extensive experiments demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach to achieve high-quality geometry and texture reconstruction in free viewpoints for challenging human-object interactions.

* Accepted by ACM MM 2021 

Will People Like Your Image? Learning the Aesthetic Space

Dec 04, 2017
Katharina Schwarz, Patrick Wieschollek, Hendrik P. A. Lensch

Rating how aesthetically pleasing an image appears is a highly complex matter and depends on a large number of different visual factors. Previous work has tackled the aesthetic rating problem by ranking on a 1-dimensional rating scale, e.g., incorporating handcrafted attributes. In this paper, we propose a rather general approach to automatically map aesthetic pleasingness with all its complexity into an "aesthetic space" to allow for a highly fine-grained resolution. In detail, making use of deep learning, our method directly learns an encoding of a given image into this high-dimensional feature space resembling visual aesthetics. Additionally to the mentioned visual factors, differences in personal judgments have a large impact on the likeableness of a photograph. Nowadays, online platforms allow users to "like" or favor certain content with a single click. To incorporate a huge diversity of people, we make use of such multi-user agreements and assemble a large data set of 380K images (AROD) with associated meta information and derive a score to rate how visually pleasing a given photo is. We validate our derived model of aesthetics in a user study. Further, without any extra data labeling or handcrafted features, we achieve state-of-the art accuracy on the AVA benchmark data set. Finally, as our approach is able to predict the aesthetic quality of any arbitrary image or video, we demonstrate our results on applications for resorting photo collections, capturing the best shot on mobile devices and aesthetic key-frame extraction from videos.


Diamond in the rough: Improving image realism by traversing the GAN latent space

Apr 12, 2021
Jeffrey Wen, Fabian Benitez-Quiroz, Qianli Feng, Aleix Martinez

In just a few years, the photo-realism of images synthesized by Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) has gone from somewhat reasonable to almost perfect largely by increasing the complexity of the networks, e.g., adding layers, intermediate latent spaces, style-transfer parameters, etc. This trajectory has led many of the state-of-the-art GANs to be inaccessibly large, disengaging many without large computational resources. Recognizing this, we explore a method for squeezing additional performance from existing, low-complexity GANs. Formally, we present an unsupervised method to find a direction in the latent space that aligns with improved photo-realism. Our approach leaves the network unchanged while enhancing the fidelity of the generated image. We use a simple generator inversion to find the direction in the latent space that results in the smallest change in the image space. Leveraging the learned structure of the latent space, we find moving in this direction corrects many image artifacts and brings the image into greater realism. We verify our findings qualitatively and quantitatively, showing an improvement in Frechet Inception Distance (FID) exists along our trajectory which surpasses the original GAN and other approaches including a supervised method. We expand further and provide an optimization method to automatically select latent vectors along the path that balance the variation and realism of samples. We apply our method to several diverse datasets and three architectures of varying complexity to illustrate the generalizability of our approach. By expanding the utility of low-complexity and existing networks, we hope to encourage the democratization of GANs.


Neutral Face Game Character Auto-Creation via PokerFace-GAN

Aug 17, 2020
Tianyang Shi, Zhengxia Zou, Xinhui Song, Zheng Song, Changjian Gu, Changjie Fan, Yi Yuan

Game character customization is one of the core features of many recent Role-Playing Games (RPGs), where players can edit the appearance of their in-game characters with their preferences. This paper studies the problem of automatically creating in-game characters with a single photo. In recent literature on this topic, neural networks are introduced to make game engine differentiable and the self-supervised learning is used to predict facial customization parameters. However, in previous methods, the expression parameters and facial identity parameters are highly coupled with each other, making it difficult to model the intrinsic facial features of the character. Besides, the neural network based renderer used in previous methods is also difficult to be extended to multi-view rendering cases. In this paper, considering the above problems, we propose a novel method named "PokerFace-GAN" for neutral face game character auto-creation. We first build a differentiable character renderer which is more flexible than the previous methods in multi-view rendering cases. We then take advantage of the adversarial training to effectively disentangle the expression parameters from the identity parameters and thus generate player-preferred neutral face (expression-less) characters. Since all components of our method are differentiable, our method can be easily trained under a multi-task self-supervised learning paradigm. Experiment results show that our method can generate vivid neutral face game characters that are highly similar to the input photos. The effectiveness of our method is verified by comparison results and ablation studies.

* Accepted by ACMMM 2020 

Relightable Neural Video Portrait

Jul 30, 2021
Youjia Wang, Taotao Zhou, Minzhang Li, Teng Xu, Minye Wu, Lan Xu, Jingyi Yu

Photo-realistic facial video portrait reenactment benefits virtual production and numerous VR/AR experiences. The task remains challenging as the portrait should maintain high realism and consistency with the target environment. In this paper, we present a relightable neural video portrait, a simultaneous relighting and reenactment scheme that transfers the head pose and facial expressions from a source actor to a portrait video of a target actor with arbitrary new backgrounds and lighting conditions. Our approach combines 4D reflectance field learning, model-based facial performance capture and target-aware neural rendering. Specifically, we adopt a rendering-to-video translation network to first synthesize high-quality OLAT imagesets and alpha mattes from hybrid facial performance capture results. We then design a semantic-aware facial normalization scheme to enable reliable explicit control as well as a multi-frame multi-task learning strategy to encode content, segmentation and temporal information simultaneously for high-quality reflectance field inference. After training, our approach further enables photo-realistic and controllable video portrait editing of the target performer. Reliable face poses and expression editing is obtained by applying the same hybrid facial capture and normalization scheme to the source video input, while our explicit alpha and OLAT output enable high-quality relit and background editing. With the ability to achieve simultaneous relighting and reenactment, we are able to improve the realism in a variety of virtual production and video rewrite applications.


Dual Attention GANs for Semantic Image Synthesis

Aug 29, 2020
Hao Tang, Song Bai, Nicu Sebe

In this paper, we focus on the semantic image synthesis task that aims at transferring semantic label maps to photo-realistic images. Existing methods lack effective semantic constraints to preserve the semantic information and ignore the structural correlations in both spatial and channel dimensions, leading to unsatisfactory blurry and artifact-prone results. To address these limitations, we propose a novel Dual Attention GAN (DAGAN) to synthesize photo-realistic and semantically-consistent images with fine details from the input layouts without imposing extra training overhead or modifying the network architectures of existing methods. We also propose two novel modules, i.e., position-wise Spatial Attention Module (SAM) and scale-wise Channel Attention Module (CAM), to capture semantic structure attention in spatial and channel dimensions, respectively. Specifically, SAM selectively correlates the pixels at each position by a spatial attention map, leading to pixels with the same semantic label being related to each other regardless of their spatial distances. Meanwhile, CAM selectively emphasizes the scale-wise features at each channel by a channel attention map, which integrates associated features among all channel maps regardless of their scales. We finally sum the outputs of SAM and CAM to further improve feature representation. Extensive experiments on four challenging datasets show that DAGAN achieves remarkably better results than state-of-the-art methods, while using fewer model parameters. The source code and trained models are available at

* Accepted to ACM MM 2020, camera ready (9 pages) + supplementary (10 pages) 

Deep Video Portraits

May 29, 2018
Hyeongwoo Kim, Pablo Garrido, Ayush Tewari, Weipeng Xu, Justus Thies, Matthias Nießner, Patrick Pérez, Christian Richardt, Michael Zollhöfer, Christian Theobalt

We present a novel approach that enables photo-realistic re-animation of portrait videos using only an input video. In contrast to existing approaches that are restricted to manipulations of facial expressions only, we are the first to transfer the full 3D head position, head rotation, face expression, eye gaze, and eye blinking from a source actor to a portrait video of a target actor. The core of our approach is a generative neural network with a novel space-time architecture. The network takes as input synthetic renderings of a parametric face model, based on which it predicts photo-realistic video frames for a given target actor. The realism in this rendering-to-video transfer is achieved by careful adversarial training, and as a result, we can create modified target videos that mimic the behavior of the synthetically-created input. In order to enable source-to-target video re-animation, we render a synthetic target video with the reconstructed head animation parameters from a source video, and feed it into the trained network -- thus taking full control of the target. With the ability to freely recombine source and target parameters, we are able to demonstrate a large variety of video rewrite applications without explicitly modeling hair, body or background. For instance, we can reenact the full head using interactive user-controlled editing, and realize high-fidelity visual dubbing. To demonstrate the high quality of our output, we conduct an extensive series of experiments and evaluations, where for instance a user study shows that our video edits are hard to detect.

* SIGGRAPH 2018, Video: 

MIDV-2020: A Comprehensive Benchmark Dataset for Identity Document Analysis

Jul 01, 2021
Konstantin Bulatov, Ekaterina Emelianova, Daniil Tropin, Natalya Skoryukina, Yulia Chernyshova, Alexander Sheshkus, Sergey Usilin, Zuheng Ming, Jean-Christophe Burie, Muhammad Muzzamil Luqman, Vladimir V. Arlazarov

Identity documents recognition is an important sub-field of document analysis, which deals with tasks of robust document detection, type identification, text fields recognition, as well as identity fraud prevention and document authenticity validation given photos, scans, or video frames of an identity document capture. Significant amount of research has been published on this topic in recent years, however a chief difficulty for such research is scarcity of datasets, due to the subject matter being protected by security requirements. A few datasets of identity documents which are available lack diversity of document types, capturing conditions, or variability of document field values. In addition, the published datasets were typically designed only for a subset of document recognition problems, not for a complex identity document analysis. In this paper, we present a dataset MIDV-2020 which consists of 1000 video clips, 2000 scanned images, and 1000 photos of 1000 unique mock identity documents, each with unique text field values and unique artificially generated faces, with rich annotation. For the presented benchmark dataset baselines are provided for such tasks as document location and identification, text fields recognition, and face detection. With 72409 annotated images in total, to the date of publication the proposed dataset is the largest publicly available identity documents dataset with variable artificially generated data, and we believe that it will prove invaluable for advancement of the field of document analysis and recognition. The dataset is available for download at and .