Robust Face Recognition under Various Illumination Conditions

Atsushi MATSUMOTO  Yoshiaki SHIRAI  Nobutaka SHIMADA  Takuro SAKIYAMA  Jun MIURA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E89-D   No.7   pp.2157-2163
Publication Date: 2006/07/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1093/ietisy/e89-d.7.2157
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Machine Vision Applications)
Category: Face, Gesture, and Action Recognition
Keyword: 
face recognition,  mutual subspace method,  normalization of illumination,  multiple subspaces,  

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Summary: 
We propose a method of face identification under various illumination conditions. Because we use image based method for identification, the accurate position of the face is required. First, face features are detected, and the face region is determined using the features. Then, by registering the face region to the average face, the horizontal position of the face is adjusted. Finally, the size of the face region is adjusted based on the distance of two eyes determined from all input frames. If the sizes of images for all faces are normalized into one size, the face length feature is lost in the normalized face image. The face is classified into three categories according to the face length, and the subspace is generated in each category so that the face length feature is preserved. We demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method by experiments.