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MoFaNeRF: Morphable Facial Neural Radiance Field

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We propose a parametric model that maps free-view images into a vector space of coded facial shape, expression and appearance with a neural radiance field, namely Morphable Facial NeRF. Specifically, MoFaNeRF takes the coded facial shape, expression and appearance along with space coordinate and view direction as input to an MLP, and outputs the radiance of the space point for photo-realistic image synthesis. Compared with conventional 3D morphable models (3DMM), MoFaNeRF shows superiority in directly synthesizing photo-realistic facial details even for eyes, mouths, and beards. Also, continuous face morphing can be easily achieved by interpolating the input shape, expression and appearance codes. By introducing identity-specific modulation and texture encoder, our model synthesizes accurate photometric details and shows strong representation ability. Our model shows strong ability on multiple applications including image-based fitting, random generation, face rigging, face editing, and novel view synthesis. Experiments show that our method achieves higher representation ability than previous parametric models, and achieves competitive performance in several applications. To the best of our knowledge, our work is the first facial parametric model built upon a neural radiance field that can be used in fitting, generation and manipulation. The code and data is available at

Y. Zhuang and H. Zhu—These authors contributed equally to this work.

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This work was supported by the NSFC grant 62025108, 62001213, and Tencent Rhino-Bird Joint Research Program. We thank Dr. Yao Yao for his valuable suggestions and Dr. Yuanxun Lu for proofreading the paper.

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Zhuang, Y., Zhu, H., Sun, X., Cao, X. (2022). MoFaNeRF: Morphable Facial Neural Radiance Field. In: Avidan, S., Brostow, G., Cissé, M., Farinella, G.M., Hassner, T. (eds) Computer Vision – ECCV 2022. ECCV 2022. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 13663. Springer, Cham.

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