Detection of Facial Features in Scale-Space

P. Hosten, M. Asbach


This paper presents a new approach to the detection of facial features. A scale adapted Harris Corner detector is used to find interest points in scale-space. These points are described by the SIFT descriptor. Thus invariance with respect to image scale, rotation and illumination is obtained. Applying a Karhunen-Loeve transform reduces the dimensionality of the feature space. In the training process these features are clustered by the k-means algorithm, followed by a cluster analysis to find the most distinctive clusters, which represent facial features in feature space. Finally, a classifier based on the nearest neighbor approach is used to decide whether the features obtained from the interest points are facial features or not. 


clustering methods; face recognition; feature extraction; interest points; Karhunen-Loeve transforms; object detection; pattern classification

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ISSN 1210-2709 (Print)
ISSN 1805-2363 (Online)
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