Eigen-Aging Reference Coding for Cross-Age Face Verification and Retrieval

  • Kaihua TangEmail author
  • Sei-ichiro Kamata
  • Xiaonan Hou
  • Shouhong Ding
  • Lizhuang Ma
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10113)


Recent works have achieved near or over human performance in traditional face recognition under PIE (pose, illumination and expression) variation. However, few works focus on the cross-age face recognition task, which means identifying the faces from same person at different ages. Taking human-aging into consideration broadens the application area of face recognition. It comes at the cost of making existing algorithms hard to maintain effectiveness. This paper presents a new reference based approach to address cross-age problem, called Eigen-Aging Reference Coding (EARC). Different from other existing reference based methods, our reference traces eigen faces instead of specific individuals. The proposed reference has smaller size and contains more useful information. To the best of our knowledge, we achieve state-of-the-art performance and speed on CACD dataset, the largest public face dataset containing significant aging information.


Face Recognition Query Image Sparse Code Mean Average Precision Training Individual 
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We thank Xuchao Lu for his inspiring ideas and patient help on paper modification. This work was partially supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 15K00248, NSFC Grant Number 61133009 and fund of Shanghai Science and Technology Commission Grant Number 16511101300.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kaihua Tang
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Sei-ichiro Kamata
    • 1
  • Xiaonan Hou
    • 2
  • Shouhong Ding
    • 2
  • Lizhuang Ma
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of Information, Production and SystemsWaseda UniversityShinjukuJapan
  2. 2.Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiChina

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