A Flexible Gaze Detection Method Using Single PTZ Camera

Masakazu MORIMOTO  Kensaku FUJII  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E90-D   No.1   pp.199-207
Publication Date: 2007/01/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Advanced Image Technology)
eye gaze detection,  facial direction,  viewing point detection,  face tracking,  

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In this paper, we propose a flexible gaze detection method using single PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) camera. In this method, a PTZ camera traces user's face and measures position of their viewing point, so they do not need to fix their head in front of camera. Furthermore, to realize accurate gaze detection, we employ elliptical iris template matching. To reduce calculation amount of iris template matching, we get rough gaze direction by simple method on ahead to decide ellipse shape. In this paper, we also adapt to variation of facial orientations, which will affect to detect viewing position and gaze direction. After several experiments, we examine accuracy of gaze detection and head tracking ability of this system.