Face Recognition in Uncontrolled Environments, Experiments in an Airport

  • Cristina Conde
  • Isaac Martin de Diego
  • Enrique Cabello
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 314)


This paper presents and an evaluation of results obtained from a face recognition system in a real uncontrolled localization. The involved infrastructure is Barajas Airport (the international airport in Madrid, Spain). The use of this infrastructure during normal operation hours has imposed some constrains. It was not allowed to change or to add new cameras and passengers should not be disturbed by any means. Passengers should not be aware of the presence of the system, so no request should be done to change their normal behavior. To fulfill these requirements, three video surveillance cameras were selected: two in the corridor areas and one in a control point. Images were acquired and processed with illumination changes, several quality levels, collaborative and non-collaborative subjects and during three weeks. The influence of data compression method and classificator has been detailed in the paper. Three scenarios were simulated: first one is a normal operational mode, second one is a high security mode and last one is a friendly or soft-recognition mode. Four data compression methods were considered in the paper: 1dpca (1d principal components analysis), 2dpca (2d principal components analysis), 2dlda (2d linear discriminant analysis) and csa (coupled subspace analysis). Csa has obtained the best performance. For classificatory purpoises, svm (support vector machines) were selected with excellent results. The overall analysis shows that the approach taken will lead to excellent results given the hard conditions of a real scenario such an airport.


Face recognition Uncontrolled environment airport 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristina Conde
    • 1
  • Isaac Martin de Diego
    • 1
  • Enrique Cabello
    • 1
  1. 1.Universidad Rey Juan CarlosMostolesSpain

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