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Performance evaluation of no-reference image quality metrics for face biometric images
Author(s): Xinwei Liu; Marius Pedersen; Christophe M. Charrier; Patrick Bours

Paper Abstract

The accuracy of face recognition systems is significantly affected by the quality of face sample images. The recent established standardization proposed several important aspects for the assessment of face sample quality. There are many existing no-reference image quality metrics (IQMs) that are able to assess natural image quality by taking into account similar image-based quality attributes as introduced in the standardization. However, whether such metrics can assess face sample quality is rarely considered. We evaluate the performance of 13 selected no-reference IQMs on face biometrics. The experimental results show that several of them can assess face sample quality according to the system performance. We also analyze the strengths and weaknesses of different IQMs as well as why some of them failed to assess face sample quality. Retraining an original IQM by using face database can improve the performance of such a metric. In addition, the contribution of this paper can be used for the evaluation of IQMs on other biometric modalities; furthermore, it can be used for the development of multimodality biometric IQMs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 March 2018
PDF: 24 pages
J. Electron. Imag. 27(2) 023001 doi: 10.1117/1.JEI.27.2.023001
Published in: Journal of Electronic Imaging Volume 27, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
Xinwei Liu, Univ. de Caen Basse-Normandie (France)
Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology (Norway)
Marius Pedersen, Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology (Norway)
Christophe M. Charrier, Univ. de Caen Basse-Normandie (France)
Patrick Bours, Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology (Norway)

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