Pattern Analysis and Applications

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 197–211

The architecture and performance of the face and eyes detection system based on the Haar cascade classifiers



The precise face and eyes detection is essential in many human–machine interface systems. Therefore, it is necessary to develop a reliable and efficient object detection method. In this paper we present the architecture of a hierarchical face and eyes detection system using the Haar cascade classifiers (HCC) augmented with some simple knowledge-based rules. The influence of the training procedure on the performance of the particular HCCs has been investigated. Additionally, we compared the efficiency of other authors’ face and eyes HCCs with the efficiency of those trained by us. By applying the proposed system to the set of 10,000 test images we were able to properly detect and precisely localize 94% of the eyes.


Face detection Eyes detection Haar cascade classifiers 

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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Control and Information EngineeringPoznan University of TechnologyPoznanPoland

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