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Objective measures for quality assessment of automatic skin enhancement algorithms
Author(s): Mihai Ciuc; Adrian Capata; Corneliu Florea
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Paper Abstract

Automatic portrait enhancement by attenuating skin flaws (pimples, blemishes, wrinkles, etc.) has received considerable attention from digital camera manufacturers thanks to its impact on the public. Subsequently, a number of algorithms have been developed to meet this need. One central aspect to developing such an algorithm is quality assessment: having a few numbers that precisely indicate the amount of beautification brought by an algorithm (as perceived by human observers) is of great help, as it works on circumvent time-costly human evaluation. In this paper, we propose a method to numerically evaluate the quality of a skin beautification algorithm. The most important aspects we take into account and quantize to numbers are the quality of the skin detector, the amount of smoothing performed by the method, the preservation of intrinsic skin texture, and the preservation of facial features. We combine these measures into two numbers that assess the quality of skin detection and beautification. The derived measures are highly correlated with human perception, therefore they constitute a helpful tool for tuning and comparing algorithms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 January 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7529, Image Quality and System Performance VII, 75290N (18 January 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.838688
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Mihai Ciuc, Tessera Romania (Romania)
Univ. Politehnica Bucuresti (Romania)
Adrian Capata, Tessera Romania (Romania)
Corneliu Florea, Tessera Romania (Romania)
Univ. Politehnica Bucuresti (Romania)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7529:
Image Quality and System Performance VII
Susan P. Farnand; Frans Gaykema, Editor(s)

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