Encyclopedia of Biometrics

2009 Edition
| Editors: Stan Z. Li, Anil Jain

Face Pose Analysis

  • Ioannis Patras
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-73003-5_191


Face pose estimation; Face pose recognition; Head pose analysis


Face pose analysis is the process of determining the location and the orientation of a face (Yaw/Pitch/Roll) with respect to the camera/sensor’s coordination system, and the subsequent facial analysis based on that information. A typical face pose analysis system determines the head pose by analyzing the information that is contained in the facial area (typically determined by a face detection system) using models of face geometry (i.e., models of the relative location of facial landmarks such as the nose tip and the eye corners) and/or models of face appearance (i.e., models of the intensity/color variation across a face image).


A wide variety of systems requires the reliable analysis of facial information based on the analysis of images or image sequences. The purpose of such systems is to analyze and interpret the information that is conveyed in the facial images, such as identity...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ioannis Patras
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  1. 1.Queen Mary, University of LondonLondonUK