3D Facial Model Creation Using Generic Model and Front and Side Views of Face

Takaaki AKIMOTO  Yasuhito SUENAGA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E75-D   No.2   pp.191-197
Publication Date: 1992/03/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Image Processing, Computer Graphics and Pattern Recognition
image processing,  facial images,  feature extraction,  computer graphics,  facial animation,  

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This paper presents an automatic creation method of 3D facial models which are needed for facial image generation by 3D computer graphics. A 3D facial model of a specific person is obtained from just the front and side view images without any human operation. The method has two parts; feature extraction and generic model modification. In the feature extraction part, the regions or edges which express the facial features such as eyes, nose, mouth or chin outline are extracted from the front and side view images. A generic head model is then modified based on the position and shape of the extracted facial features in the generic model modification part. As a result, a 3D model for persons is obtained. By using the specific model and the front and side view images, texture-mapped facial images can be generated easily.