Automated Face Identification Using Volume-Based Facial Models

  • Jeffrey Huang
  • Neha Maheshwari
  • Shiaofen Fang
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4035)


Face represents complex, multi dimensional, meaningful visual stimuli. Computational models for face recognition represent the problem as a high dimensional pattern recognition problem. This paper introduces an innovative facial identification method using eigenface approach on volume-based graphics rather than 2D photo-images. We propose to convert polygon mesh surface to a volumetric representation by regular sampling in a volumetric space. Our motivation is to extend existing 2D facial analysis techniques to a 3D image space by taking advantage of use of the volumetric representation. We apply principle component analysis (PCA) for dimensionality reduction. Face feature patterns are projected onto a lower dimensional PCA sub-space that spans the known facial patterns. 3D eigenface feature space is constructed for face identification.


Face Recognition Face Image Principle Component Analysis Cosine Distance Symmetry Curve 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey Huang
    • 1
  • Neha Maheshwari
    • 1
  • Shiaofen Fang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer and Information ScienceIndiana University Purdue UniversityIndianapolisUSA

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