Department of Computer Science
Very low resolution face recognition problem
This paper addresses the very low resolution (VLR) problem in face recognition in which the resolution of face image to be recognized is lower than 16×16. The VLR problem happens in many surveillance camera-based applications and existing face recognition algorithms are not able to give satisfactory performance on VLR face image. While face super-resolution (SR) methods can be employed to enhance the resolution of the images, the existing learning-based face SR methods do not perform well on such a very low resolution face image. To overcome this problem, this paper models the SR problem under VLR case as a regression problem with two constraints. First, a new data constraint is design to perform the error measurement on high resolution image space which provides more detailed and discriminative information. Second, discriminative constraint is proposed and incorporated in the training stage so that the reconstructed HR image has higher discriminability. CMU-PIE, FRGC and surveillant camera face (SCface) databases are selected for experiments. Experimental results show that the proposed method outperforms the existing methods, in terms of image quality and recognition accuracy. © 2010 IEEE.
Source Publication Title
IEEE Transactions on Image Processing
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Link to Publisher's Edition
Zou, Wilman W. W., and Pong C. Yuen. "Very low resolution face recognition problem." IEEE Transactions on Image Processing 21.1 (2012): 327-340.