Near Infrared Face Recognition: A Comparison of Moment-Based Approaches

  • Sajad FarokhiEmail author
  • Siti Mariyam Shamsuddin
  • U. U. Sheikh
  • Jan Flusser
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 291)


Moment based methods have evolved into a powerful tool for face recognition applications. In this paper, a comparative study on moments based feature extraction methods in terms of their capability to recognize facial images with different challenges is done to evaluate the performance of different type of moments. The moments include Geometric moments (GM’s), Zernike moments (ZM’s), Pseudo-Zernike moments (PZM’s) and Wavelet moments (WM’s). Experiments conducted on CASIA NIR database showed that Zernike moments outperformed other moment-based methods for facial images with different challenges such as facial expressions, head pose and noise.


Moments Near infrared Comparative study Face recognition 



The authors would like to thank Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) for the support in Research and Development, and Soft Computing Research Group (SCRG) for the inspiration in making this study a success, the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASIA) for providing CASIA NIR database to carry out this experiment and Institute of Information Theory and Automation (UTIA) for providing MATLAB codes. This work is supported by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) under Long Term Research Grant Scheme (LRGS/TD/2011/UTM/ICT/03- 4L805) and the Research Grant No (Q.J130000.2623.08J89). It is also partially supported by the Czech Science Foundation under the grant No. P103/11/1552.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sajad Farokhi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Siti Mariyam Shamsuddin
    • 1
  • U. U. Sheikh
    • 2
  • Jan Flusser
    • 3
  1. 1.Soft Computing Research Group, Faculty of ComputingUniversiti Teknologi MalaysiaJohor BahruMalaysia
  2. 2.Faculty of Electrical EngineeringUniversiti Teknologi MalaysiaJohor BahruMalaysia
  3. 3.Institute of Information Theory and Automation of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech RepublicPragueCzech Republic

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