Efficient misalignment-robust representation for real-time face recognition

Meng Yang, Lei Zhang, Dapeng Zhang

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Sparse representation techniques for robust face recognition have been widely studied in the past several years. Recently face recognition with simultaneous misalignment, occlusion and other variations has achieved interesting results via robust alignment by sparse representation (RASR). In RASR, the best alignment of a testing sample is sought subject by subject in the database. However, such an exhaustive search strategy can make the time complexity of RASR prohibitive in large-scale face databases. In this paper, we propose a novel scheme, namely misalignment robust representation (MRR), by representing the misaligned testing sample in the transformed face space spanned by all subjects. The MRR seeks the best alignment via a two-step optimization with a coarse-to-fine search strategy, which needs only two deformation-recovery operations. Extensive experiments on representative face databases show that MRR has almost the same accuracy as RASR in various face recognition and verification tasks but it runs tens to hundreds of times faster than RASR. The running time of MRR is less than 1 second in the large-scale Multi-PIE face database, demonstrating its great potential for real-time face recognition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Vision, ECCV 2012 - 12th European Conference on Computer Vision, Proceedings
Number of pages14
EditionPART 1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2012
Event12th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2012 - Florence, Italy
Duration: 7 Oct 201213 Oct 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 1
Volume7572 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference12th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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