Improved Face Shape Recovery and Re-illumination Using Convexity Constraints

  • Mario Castelán
  • Edwin R. Hancock
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3617)


This paper describes work aimed at developing a practical scheme for face analysis using shape-from-shading. Existing methods have a tendency to recover surfaces in which convex features such as the nose are imploded. This is a result of the fact that subtle changes in the elements of the field of surface normals can cause significant changes in the corresponding integrated surface. To overcome this problem, in this paper we describe a local-shape based method for imposing convexity constraints. We show how to modifying the orientations in the surface gradient field using critical points on the surface and local shape indicators. The method is applied to both surface height recovery and face re-illumination, resulting in a clear improvement.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Castelán
    • 1
  • Edwin R. Hancock
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Computer ScienceUniversity of YorkYorkUnited Kingdom

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