Deep low-rank feature learning and encoding for cross-age face recognition

M. Saad Shakeel, Kin Man Lam

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Cross-age face recognition (CAFR) is a challenging task, due to significant intra-personal variations. Furthermore, the training and testing data may contain random noise components. To address these issues, this paper proposes a deep low-rank feature learning and encoding method. Firstly, our method employs manifold learning in the low-rank optimization, which preserves the global and local structure of the data samples, while learning the clean low-rank features. Secondly, we encode the low-rank features using our locality-constrained feature encoding method, which learns an age-insensitive codebook from training data, and enables the intra-class samples to share the same local bases in a codebook. In the testing stage, the gallery and probe features are encoded by the learned codebook, which represents the images of the same identity by similar codewords for recognition. Furthermore, the periocular region of human faces is investigated for CAFR. Extensive experiments on five datasets demonstrate the effectiveness of our method.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberArticle number 103423
JournalJournal of Visual Communication and Image Representation
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022


  • Cross-age face recognition
  • Feature encoding
  • Kernel canonical correlation analysis
  • Low-rank features
  • Manifold learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Media Technology
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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