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Sub-component modeling for face image reconstruction in video communications
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Paper Abstract

Emerging communications trends point to streaming video as a new form of content delivery. These systems are implemented over wired systems, such as cable or ethernet, and wireless networks, cell phones, and portable game systems. These communications systems require sophisticated methods of compression and error-resilience encoding to enable communications across band-limited and noisy delivery channels. Additionally, the transmitted video data must be of high enough quality to ensure a satisfactory end-user experience. Traditionally, video compression makes use of temporal and spatial coherence to reduce the information required to represent an image. In many communications systems, the communications channel is characterized by a probabilistic model which describes the capacity or fidelity of the channel. The implication is that information is lost or distorted in the channel, and requires concealment on the receiving end. We demonstrate a generative model based transmission scheme to compress human face images in video, which has the advantages of a potentially higher compression ratio, while maintaining robustness to errors and data corruption. This is accomplished by training an offline face model and using the model to reconstruct face images on the receiving end. We propose a sub-component AAM modeling the appearance of sub-facial components individually, and show face reconstruction results under different types of video degradation using a weighted and non-weighted version of the sub-component AAM.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7073, Applications of Digital Image Processing XXXI, 70730Q (15 September 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.796748
Show Author Affiliations
Derek J. Shiell, Epson Research & Development, Inc. (United States)
Jing Xiao, Epson Research & Development, Inc. (United States)
Aggelos K. Katsaggelos, Northwestern Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7073:
Applications of Digital Image Processing XXXI
Andrew G. Tescher, Editor(s)

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