TR2011-055

Pose Normalization via Learned 2D Warping for Fully Automatic Face Recognition


    •  Asthana, A.; Jones, M.J.; Marks, T.K.; Tieu, K.H.; Goecke, R., "Pose Normalization via Learned 2D Warping for Fully Automatic Face Recognition", British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC), August 2011.
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      • @inproceedings{Asthana2011aug,
      • author = {Asthana, A. and Jones, M.J. and Marks, T.K. and Tieu, K.H. and Goecke, R.},
      • title = {Pose Normalization via Learned 2D Warping for Fully Automatic Face Recognition},
      • booktitle = {British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC)},
      • year = 2011,
      • month = aug,
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2011-055}
      • }
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We present a novel approach to pose-invariant face recognition that handles continuous pose variations, is not database-specific, and achieves high accuracy without any manual intervention. Our method uses multi dimensional Gaussian process regression to learn a nonlinear mapping function from the 2D shapes of faces at any non-frontal pose to the corresponding 2D frontal face shapes. We use this mapping to take an input image of a new face at an arbitrary pose and pose-normalize it, generating a synthetic frontal image of the face that is then used for recognition. Our fully automatic system for face recognition includes automatic methods for extracting 2D facial feature points and accurately estimating 3D head pose, and this information is used as input to the 2D pose-normalization algorithm. The current system can handle pose variation up to 45 degrees to the left or right (yaw angle) and up to 30 degrees up or down (pitch angle). The system demonstrates high accuracy in recognition experiments on the CMU-PIE, USF 3D, and Multi-PIE databases, showing excellent generalization across databases and convincingly outperforming other automatic methods.