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Sign-correlation partition based on global supervised descent method for face alignment.

Zhang, Y., Liu, S., Yang, X., Shi, D. and Zhang, J. J., 2016. Sign-correlation partition based on global supervised descent method for face alignment. In: ACCV 2016: 13th Asian Conference on Computer Vision, 20-24 Nov 2016, Taipei, 281 - 295.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-54187-7_19


Face alignment is an essential task for facial performance capture and expression analysis. As a complex nonlinear problem in computer vision, face alignment across poses is still not studied well. Although the state-of-the-art Supervised Descent Method (SDM) has shown good performance, it learns conflict descent direction in the whole complex space due to various poses and expressions. Global SDM has been presented to deal with this case by domain partition in feature and shape PCA spaces for face tracking and pose estimation. However, it is not suitable for the face alignment problem due to unknown ground truth shapes. In this paper we propose a sign-correlation subspace method for the domain partition of global SDM. In our method only one reduced low dimensional subspace is enough for domain partition, thus adjusting the global SDM efficiently for face alignment. Unlike previous methods, we analyze the sign correlation between features and shapes, and project both of them into a mutual sign-correlation subspace. Each pair of projected shape and feature keep sign consistent in each dimension of the subspace, so that each hyperoctant holds the condition that one general descent exists. Then a set of general descent directions are learned from the samples in different hyperoctants. Our sign-correlation partition method is validated in the public face datasets, which includes a range of poses. It indicates that our methods can reveal their latent relationships to poses. The comparison with state-of-the-art methods for face alignment demonstrates that our method outperforms them especially in uncontrolled conditions with various poses, while keeping comparable speed.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:29290
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:05 Jun 2017 10:57
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