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Face Recognition Based on Frontal Views Generated from Non-Frontal Images



V Blanz, Patrick Grother, P. Jonathon Phillips, T Vetter


This paper presents a method for face recognition across large changes in viewpoint. Our method is based on a Morphable Model of 3D faces that represents face-specific information extracted from a dataset of 3D scans. For non-frontal face recognition in 2D still images, the Morphable Model can be incorporated in two different approaches: In the first, it serves as a preprocessing step by estimating the 3D shape of novel faces from the non-frontal input images, and generating frontal views of the reconstructed faces at a standard illumination using 3D computer graphics. The transformed images are then fed into state of-the-art face recognition systems that are optimized for frontal views. This method was shown to be extremely effective in the Face Recognition Vendor Test FRVT 2002. In the process of estimating the 3D shape of a face from an image, a set of model coefficients are estimated. In the second method, face recognition is performed directly from these coefficients. In this paper we explain the algorithm used to preprocess the images in FRVT 2002, present additional FRVT 2002 results, and compare these results to recognition from the model coefficients.
Proceedings Title
IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
Conference Location


computer graphics, computer vision, face recognition, morphable models


Blanz, V. , Grother, P. , Phillips, P. and Vetter, T. (2005), Face Recognition Based on Frontal Views Generated from Non-Frontal Images, IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Undefined (Accessed May 18, 2024)


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Created September 30, 2005, Updated October 12, 2021