A 3D Head Pose Estimation for Face Recognition

H. Song, U. Yang, J. Kim, and K. Sohn (Korea)


3D Head pose estimation, EC-SVD, 3D face recognition


This paper presents a three-dimensional (3D) head pose estimation algorithm for robust face recognition. Given a 3D input image, we automatically extract several important 3D facial feature points based on the facial geometry. To estimate 3D head pose accurately, we propose an Error Compensated-SVD (EC-SVD) algorithm. We estimate the initial 3D head pose of an input image using Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) method, and then perform a pose refinement procedure in the normalized face space to compensate for the error for each axis. Experimental results show that the proposed method is capable of estimating pose accurately, therefore suitable for 3D face recognition.

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