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Abstract for oa214_BMVC_2004_paper1

In Proc. British Machine Vision Conference, 2004


O. Arandjelović and R. Cipolla.


Illumination and pose invariance are the most challenging aspects of face recognition. In this paper we describe a fully automatic face recognition system that uses video information to achieve illumination and pose robustness. In the proposed method, highly nonlinear manifolds of face motion are approximated using three Gaussian pose clusters. Pose robustness is achieved by comparing the corresponding pose clusters and probabilistically combining the results to derive a measure of similarity between two manifolds. Illumination is normalized on a per-pose basis. Region-based gamma intensity correction is used to correct for coarse illumination changes, while further refinement is achieved by combining a learnt linear manifold of illumination variation with constraints on face pattern distribution, derived from video. Comparative experimental evaluation is presented and the proposed method is shown to greatly outperform state-of-the-art algorithms. Consistent recognition rates of 94-100% are achieved across dramatic changes in illumination.

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