Human Face Extraction and Recognition Using Radial Basis Function Networks

Kiminori SATO
Nan HE
Yukitoshi TAKAHASHI

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E86-D    No.5    pp.956-963
Publication Date: 2003/05/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Image Processing, Image Pattern Recognition
Keyword: 
face recognition,  radial basis function network,  dynamic radius,  

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Summary: 
Partial face images, e.g., eyes, nose, and ear images are significant for face recognition. In this paper, we present a method for partial face extraction and recognition based on Radial Basis Function (RBF) networks. Focus has been centered on using ear images because they are not influenced by facial expression, and the influences of aging are negligible. Original human side face image with 320240 pixels is input, and then the RBF network locates the ear and extracts it with a 200120 pixel image. Next, another RBF network is constructed for the purpose of recognition. An algorithm that determines the radius of an RBF function is proposed. Dynamic radius, so called as compared to static one, is found through the algorithm that makes RBF functions adaptable to the training samples. We built a database that contains 600 side face images, from 100 people, to test the method and the results of both extraction and recognition are satisfied.