Optical Review

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 517–528 | Cite as

Principal component analysis for surface reflection components and structure in facial images and synthesis of facial images for various ages

  • Misa Hirose
  • Saori Toyota
  • Nobutoshi Ojima
  • Keiko Ogawa-Ochiai
  • Norimichi Tsumura
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In this paper, principal component analysis is applied to the distribution of pigmentation, surface reflectance, and landmarks in whole facial images to obtain feature values. The relationship between the obtained feature vectors and the age of the face is then estimated by multiple regression analysis so that facial images can be modulated for woman aged 10–70. In a previous study, we analyzed only the distribution of pigmentation, and the reproduced images appeared to be younger than the apparent age of the initial images. We believe that this happened because we did not modulate the facial structures and detailed surfaces, such as wrinkles. By considering landmarks and surface reflectance over the entire face, we were able to analyze the variation in the distributions of facial structures and fine asperity, and pigmentation. As a result, our method is able to appropriately modulate the appearance of a face so that it appears to be the correct age.


Principal component analysis Surface reflectance Wrinkle Facial structure Facial appearance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Advanced Integration ScienceChiba UniversityChibaJapan
  2. 2.Global R&D Beauty CreationKao CorporationTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Clinic of Japanese-Oriental (Kampo) Medicine, Department of Otorhinolaryngology & Head and Neck SurgeryKanazawa University HospitalKanazawaJapan

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