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Robust Eye Center Localization through Face Alignment and Invariant Isocentric Patterns.

Pang Z, Wei C, Teng D, Chen D, Tan H - PLoS ONE (2015)

Bottom Line: In addition, we apply our method to non-frontal faces to test its robustness and accuracy, which are essential in gaze estimation but have seldom been mentioned in previous works.Through extensive experimentation, we show that the proposed method can achieve a significant improvement in accuracy and robustness over state-of-the-art techniques, with our method ranking second in terms of accuracy.According to our implementation on a PC with a Xeon 2.5Ghz CPU, the frame rate of the eye tracking process can achieve 38 Hz.

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Affiliation: School of Physics and Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China.

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The localization of eye centers is a very useful cue for numerous applications like face recognition, facial expression recognition, and the early screening of neurological pathologies. Several methods relying on available light for accurate eye-center localization have been exploited. However, despite the considerable improvements that eye-center localization systems have undergone in recent years, only few of these developments deal with the challenges posed by the profile (non-frontal face). In this paper, we first use the explicit shape regression method to obtain the rough location of the eye centers. Because this method extracts global information from the human face, it is robust against any changes in the eye region. We exploit this robustness and utilize it as a constraint. To locate the eye centers accurately, we employ isophote curvature features, the accuracy of which has been demonstrated in a previous study. By applying these features, we obtain a series of eye-center locations which are candidates for the actual position of the eye-center. Among these locations, the estimated locations which minimize the reconstruction error between the two methods mentioned above are taken as the closest approximation for the eye centers locations. Therefore, we combine explicit shape regression and isophote curvature feature analysis to achieve robustness and accuracy, respectively. In practical experiments, we use BioID and FERET datasets to test our approach to obtaining an accurate eye-center location while retaining robustness against changes in scale and pose. In addition, we apply our method to non-frontal faces to test its robustness and accuracy, which are essential in gaze estimation but have seldom been mentioned in previous works. Through extensive experimentation, we show that the proposed method can achieve a significant improvement in accuracy and robustness over state-of-the-art techniques, with our method ranking second in terms of accuracy. According to our implementation on a PC with a Xeon 2.5Ghz CPU, the frame rate of the eye tracking process can achieve 38 Hz.

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Facial alignment using random ferns.Explicit shape regression facial alignment approach applied to challenging eye detection cases. Occlusion due to various features and expression variations are examined. Reasonable detection results are obtained in some partially occluded cases (e.g., (a) and (c)), while accurate results are obtained for completely occluded cases, e.g., (b).
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pone.0139098.g004: Facial alignment using random ferns.Explicit shape regression facial alignment approach applied to challenging eye detection cases. Occlusion due to various features and expression variations are examined. Reasonable detection results are obtained in some partially occluded cases (e.g., (a) and (c)), while accurate results are obtained for completely occluded cases, e.g., (b).

Mentions: Fig 4 shows several challenging eye-detection cases, with examples of our eye detection results using the explicit shape regression face alignment approach. All these images contain expression variations and/or occlusions caused by hair, glasses, or pose. For some partially occluded components [such as the glasses in Fig 4A and 4C], our algorithm can give reasonable detection results. For those completely occluded components [such as the closed eyelids in Fig 4B], the results are accurate.


Robust Eye Center Localization through Face Alignment and Invariant Isocentric Patterns.

Pang Z, Wei C, Teng D, Chen D, Tan H - PLoS ONE (2015)

Facial alignment using random ferns.Explicit shape regression facial alignment approach applied to challenging eye detection cases. Occlusion due to various features and expression variations are examined. Reasonable detection results are obtained in some partially occluded cases (e.g., (a) and (c)), while accurate results are obtained for completely occluded cases, e.g., (b).
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pone.0139098.g004: Facial alignment using random ferns.Explicit shape regression facial alignment approach applied to challenging eye detection cases. Occlusion due to various features and expression variations are examined. Reasonable detection results are obtained in some partially occluded cases (e.g., (a) and (c)), while accurate results are obtained for completely occluded cases, e.g., (b).
Mentions: Fig 4 shows several challenging eye-detection cases, with examples of our eye detection results using the explicit shape regression face alignment approach. All these images contain expression variations and/or occlusions caused by hair, glasses, or pose. For some partially occluded components [such as the glasses in Fig 4A and 4C], our algorithm can give reasonable detection results. For those completely occluded components [such as the closed eyelids in Fig 4B], the results are accurate.

Bottom Line: In addition, we apply our method to non-frontal faces to test its robustness and accuracy, which are essential in gaze estimation but have seldom been mentioned in previous works.Through extensive experimentation, we show that the proposed method can achieve a significant improvement in accuracy and robustness over state-of-the-art techniques, with our method ranking second in terms of accuracy.According to our implementation on a PC with a Xeon 2.5Ghz CPU, the frame rate of the eye tracking process can achieve 38 Hz.

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Affiliation: School of Physics and Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China.

ABSTRACT
The localization of eye centers is a very useful cue for numerous applications like face recognition, facial expression recognition, and the early screening of neurological pathologies. Several methods relying on available light for accurate eye-center localization have been exploited. However, despite the considerable improvements that eye-center localization systems have undergone in recent years, only few of these developments deal with the challenges posed by the profile (non-frontal face). In this paper, we first use the explicit shape regression method to obtain the rough location of the eye centers. Because this method extracts global information from the human face, it is robust against any changes in the eye region. We exploit this robustness and utilize it as a constraint. To locate the eye centers accurately, we employ isophote curvature features, the accuracy of which has been demonstrated in a previous study. By applying these features, we obtain a series of eye-center locations which are candidates for the actual position of the eye-center. Among these locations, the estimated locations which minimize the reconstruction error between the two methods mentioned above are taken as the closest approximation for the eye centers locations. Therefore, we combine explicit shape regression and isophote curvature feature analysis to achieve robustness and accuracy, respectively. In practical experiments, we use BioID and FERET datasets to test our approach to obtaining an accurate eye-center location while retaining robustness against changes in scale and pose. In addition, we apply our method to non-frontal faces to test its robustness and accuracy, which are essential in gaze estimation but have seldom been mentioned in previous works. Through extensive experimentation, we show that the proposed method can achieve a significant improvement in accuracy and robustness over state-of-the-art techniques, with our method ranking second in terms of accuracy. According to our implementation on a PC with a Xeon 2.5Ghz CPU, the frame rate of the eye tracking process can achieve 38 Hz.

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