Regression based automatic face annotation for deformable model building

Akshay Asthana, Simon Lucey, Roland Goecke

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    A major drawback of statistical models of non-rigid, deformable objects, such as the active appearance model (AAM), is the required pseudo-dense annotation of landmark points for every training image. We propose a regression-based approach for automatic annotation of face images at arbitrary pose and expression, and for deformable model building using only the annotated frontal images. We pose the problem of learning the pattern of manual annotation as a data-driven regression problem and explore several regression strategies to effectively predict the spatial arrangement of the landmark points for unseen face images, with arbitrary expression, at arbitrary poses. We show that the proposed fully sparse non-linear regression approach outperforms other regression strategies by effectively modelling the changes in the shape of the face under varying pose and is capable of capturing the subtleties of different facial expressions at the same time, thus, ensuring the high quality of the generated synthetic images. We show the generalisability of the proposed approach by automatically annotating the face images from four different databases and verifying the results by comparing them with a ground truth obtained from manual annotations
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2598-2613
    Number of pages16
    JournalPattern Recognition
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


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