Attentive Face Detection and Recognition

  • Volker Krüger
  • Udo Mahlmeister
  • Gerald Sommer
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In this paper we will present an approach for the attentive detection and recognition of faces in gray-value images. The approach is biologically motivated. The attentive face system, as we call it, shows great robustness with respect to scale, rotation, viewing orientation, changes in illumination, facial expressions, partial occlusions and other distortions caused, e.g., by glasses or a beard. The system has knowledge of several templates of different persons as well as of their exact relative positions. In a first low-level step the system detects relevant image features by evaluating a similarity measurement between local image features and known facial templates. In a second high-level step the system verified the consistency of these features by using the knowledge of the exact relative positions of the templates and reports whether a face was recognized, detected or whether no face was present.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Volker Krüger
    • 1
  • Udo Mahlmeister
    • 1
  • Gerald Sommer
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Kiel, GermanyKielGermany

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