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Quality based approach for adaptive face recognition
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Paper Abstract

Recent advances in biometric technology have pushed towards more robust and reliable systems. We aim to build systems that have low recognition errors and are less affected by variation in recording conditions. Recognition errors are often attributed to the usage of low quality biometric samples. Hence, there is a need to develop new intelligent techniques and strategies to automatically measure/quantify the quality of biometric image samples and if necessary restore image quality according to the need of the intended application. In this paper, we present no-reference image quality measures in the spatial domain that have impact on face recognition. The first is called symmetrical adaptive local quality index (SALQI) and the second is called middle halve (MH). Also, an adaptive strategy has been developed to select the best way to restore the image quality, called symmetrical adaptive histogram equalization (SAHE). The main benefits of using quality measures for adaptive strategy are: (1) avoidance of excessive unnecessary enhancement procedures that may cause undesired artifacts, and (2) reduced computational complexity which is essential for real time applications. We test the success of the proposed measures and adaptive approach for a wavelet-based face recognition system that uses the nearest neighborhood classifier. We shall demonstrate noticeable improvements in the performance of adaptive face recognition system over the corresponding non-adaptive scheme.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7351, Mobile Multimedia/Image Processing, Security, and Applications 2009, 73510N (4 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.817922
Show Author Affiliations
Ali J. Abboud, Univ. of Buckingham (United Kingdom)
Harin Sellahewa, Univ. of Buckingham (United Kingdom)
Sabah A. Jassim, Univ. of Buckingham (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7351:
Mobile Multimedia/Image Processing, Security, and Applications 2009
Sos S. Agaian; Sabah A. Jassim, Editor(s)

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