Simple and Robust Facial Portraits Recognition under Variable Lighting Conditions Based on Two-Dimensional Orthogonal Transformations

  • Paweł Forczmański
  • Georgy Kukharev
  • Nadezdha Shchegoleva
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8156)


The paper addresses the problem of face recognition for images registered in variable lighting, which is common for real-world conditions. Presented algorithm is based on orthogonal transformation preceded by simple transformations comprising of equalization of brightness gradients, removal of spatial low frequency spectral components and fusion of spectral features depending on average pixels intensity. Two types of transformations: 2DDCT (two-dimensional Discrete Cosine Transform) and 2DKLT (two-dimensional Karhunen-Loeve Transform) were investigated in order to find the most optimal algorithm setup. The results of experiments conducted on Yale B and Yale B+ datasets show that a quite simple algorithm is capable of successful recognition without high computing power demand, as opposite to several more sophisticated methods presented recently.


face recognition illumination compensation dimensionality reduction DCT PCA 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paweł Forczmański
    • 1
  • Georgy Kukharev
    • 1
  • Nadezdha Shchegoleva
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Computer Science and Information SystemsWest Pomeranian University of TechnologySzczecinPoland
  2. 2.Saint Petersburg State Electrotechnical University (LETI)Russia

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