International Journal of Computer Vision

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 99–111 | Cite as

Feature extraction from faces using deformable templates

  • Alan L. Yuille
  • Peter W. Hallinan
  • David S. Cohen
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Abstract

We propose a method for detecting and describing features of faces using deformable templates. The feature of interest, an eye for example, is described by a parameterized template. An energy function is defined which links edges, peaks, and valleys in the image intensity to corresponding properties of the template. The template then interacts dynamically with the image by altering its parameter values to minimize the energy function, thereby deforming itself to find the best fit. The final parametr values can be used as descriptors for the feature. We illustrate this method by showing deformable templates detecting eyes and mouths in real images. We demonstrate their ability for tracking features.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan L. Yuille
    • 1
  • Peter W. Hallinan
    • 1
  • David S. Cohen
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Applied SciencesHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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