Fusing Robust Face Region Descriptors via Multiple Metric Learning for Face Recognition in the Wild

Zhen Cui, Wen Li, Dong Xu, Shiguang Shan, Xilin Chen; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2013, pp. 3554-3561

Abstract


In many real-world face recognition scenarios, face images can hardly be aligned accurately due to complex appearance variations or low-quality images. To address this issue, we propose a new approach to extract robust face region descriptors. Specifically, we divide each image (resp. video) into several spatial blocks (resp. spatial-temporal volumes) and then represent each block (resp. volume) by sum-pooling the nonnegative sparse codes of position-free patches sampled within the block (resp. volume). Whitened Principal Component Analysis (WPCA) is further utilized to reduce the feature dimension, which leads to our Spatial Face Region Descriptor (SFRD) (resp. Spatial-Temporal Face Region Descriptor, STFRD) for images (resp. videos). Moreover, we develop a new distance metric learning method for face verification called Pairwise-constrained Multiple Metric Learning (PMML) to effectively integrate the face region descriptors of all blocks (resp. volumes) from an image (resp. a video). Our work achieves the stateof-the-art performances on two real-world datasets LFW and YouTube Faces (YTF) according to the restricted protocol.

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@InProceedings{Cui_2013_CVPR,
author = {Cui, Zhen and Li, Wen and Xu, Dong and Shan, Shiguang and Chen, Xilin},
title = {Fusing Robust Face Region Descriptors via Multiple Metric Learning for Face Recognition in the Wild},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2013}
}