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Block-based face detection scheme using face color and motion information
Author(s): Soohyun Kim; Sunghyun Lim; Hyungtai Cha; Hernsoo Hahn
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Paper Abstract

This paper proposes a new approach of fusing skin color and motion information to detect face areas in moving pictures. For reducing the computation time and also the effect of lighting conditions, the block based analysis technique is used in the fusion process. Motion is detected from a difference image segmented into blocks having 4x4 pixels, and a block is classified as a MB (motion block) if the sum of pixel values in the blocks is larger than a specific threshold. Similarly, each block is marked as a FB (face block) if it contains more than one skin color pixels. Then the candidates for face regions (CF) are selected by fusing MB and FB images using the logical AND operation. Among CFs, the face regions are selected by using the heuristic rules on human faces such as the ratio of width and height, the high frequency portion in a face region, etc. In the final step, the selected CFs are tested by the facial feature scoring scheme which selects the CF having a score larger than a threshold as a face. The experimental results have shown that the proposed algorithm determines face regions in 0.08 sec with the correct decision rate of 91.7% and false detection rate 4.26%.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 May 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5297, Real-Time Imaging VIII, (18 May 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.526332
Show Author Affiliations
Soohyun Kim, Soongsil Univ. (South Korea)
Sunghyun Lim, Soongsil Univ. (South Korea)
Hyungtai Cha, Soongsil Univ. (South Korea)
Hernsoo Hahn, Soongsil Univ. (South Korea)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5297:
Real-Time Imaging VIII
Nasser Kehtarnavaz; Phillip A. Laplante, Editor(s)

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