Expression robust 3D face recognition via mesh-based histograms of multiple order surface differential quantities

H. Li, D. Huang, P. Lemaire, J.M. Morvan, L. Chen
ICIP, 3053-3056, (2011)

Expression robust 3D face recognition via mesh-based histograms of multiple order surface differential quantities

Keywords

Mesh-based  3D  face  recognition,  Histograms of multiple order surface differential quantities, 3D shape descriptor   

Abstract

​This paper presents a mesh-based approach for 3D face recognition using a novel local shape descriptor and a SIFT-like matching process. Both maximum and minimum curvatures estimated in the 3D Gaussian scale space are employed to detect salient points. To comprehensively characterize 3D facial surfaces and their variations, we calculate weighted statistical distributions of multiple order surface differential quantities, including histogram of mesh gradient (HoG), histogram of shape index (HoS) and histogram of gradient of shape index (HoGS) within a local neighborhood of each salient point. The subsequent matching step then robustly associates corresponding points of two facial surfaces, leading to much more matched points between different scans of a same person than the ones of different persons. Experimental results on the Bosphorus dataset highlight the effectiveness of the proposed method and its robustness to facial expression variations.

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DOI: 10.1109/ICIP.2011.6116308

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