Deep multi-task learning for facial expression recognition and synthesis based on selective feature sharing

Rui Zhao, Tianshan Liu, Jun Xiao, Daniel P.K. Lun, Kin Man Lam

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Abstract

Multi-task learning is an effective learning strategy for deep-learning-based facial expression recognition tasks. However, most existing methods take into limited consideration the feature selection, when transferring information between different tasks, which may lead to task interference when training the multi-task networks. To address this problem, we propose a novel selective feature-sharing method, and establish a multi-task network for facial expression recognition and facial expression synthesis. The proposed method can effectively transfer beneficial features between different tasks, while filtering out useless and harmful information. Moreover, we employ the facial expression synthesis task to enlarge and balance the training dataset to further enhance the generalization ability of the proposed method. Experimental results show that the proposed method achieves state-of-the-art performance on those commonly used facial expression recognition benchmarks, which makes it a potential solution to real-world facial expression recognition problems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ICPR 2020 - 25th International Conference on Pattern Recognition
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages4412-4419
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781728188089
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021
Event25th International Conference on Pattern Recognition, ICPR 2020 - Virtual, Milan, Italy
Duration: 10 Jan 202115 Jan 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Pattern Recognition
ISSN (Print)1051-4651

Conference

Conference25th International Conference on Pattern Recognition, ICPR 2020
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityVirtual, Milan
Period10/01/2115/01/21

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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