Age classification from facial images: Is frontalization necessary? Chapter in Scopus uri icon

Abstract

  • © Springer International Publishing AG 2016.In the majority of the methods proposed for age classification from facial images, the preprocessing steps consist of alignment and illumination correction followed by the extraction of features, which are forwarded to a classifier to estimate the age group of the person in the image. In this work, we argue that face frontalization, which is the correction of the pitch, yaw, and roll angles of the headpose in the 3D space, should be an integral part of any such algorithm as it unveils more discriminative features. Specifically, we propose a method for age classification which integrates a frontalization algorithm before feature extraction. Numerical experiments on the widely used FGnet Aging Database confirmed the importance of face frontalization achieving an average increment in accuracy of 4.43%.

Publication date

  • January 1, 2016