The Impact of Image Quality on the Performance of Face Recognition

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Abstract

The performance of a face recognition system depends on the quality of both test and reference images participating in the face comparison process. In a forensic evaluation case involving face recognition, we do not have any control over the quality of the trace (image captured by a CCTV at a crime scene) and it is usually of very low quality. However, forensic investigators have some control over the quality of suspects reference images. In this paper, we investigate if it is useful to modify the quality of the reference (usually, good quality mug shot) images in order to achieve better recognition performance using a view based face recognition system. We found that approximately matching non-frontal pose between test and reference images can greatly improve recognition performance. Moreover, it is the relative difference in pose between the test and reference image that determines the extent of influence that other quality parameters like illumination, noise, motion blur, and resolution have on the face recognition performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication33rd Symposium on Information Theory in the Benelux and the 2nd Joint WIC/IEEE Symposium on Information Theory and Signal Processing in the Benelux
Place of PublicationEnschede, the Netherlands
PublisherWerkgemeenschap voor Informatie- en Communicatietheorie (WIC)
Pages141-148
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-90-365-3383-6
Publication statusPublished - May 2012
Event33rd WIC Symposium on Information Theory in the Benelux and the 2nd Joint WIC/IEEE Symposium on Information Theory and Signal Processing in the Benelux 2012 - Boekelo, Netherlands
Duration: 24 May 201225 May 2012
Conference number: 33

Conference

Conference33rd WIC Symposium on Information Theory in the Benelux and the 2nd Joint WIC/IEEE Symposium on Information Theory and Signal Processing in the Benelux 2012
CountryNetherlands
CityBoekelo
Period24/05/1225/05/12

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Face recognition
Image quality
Closed circuit television systems
Crime
Lighting

Keywords

  • METIS-286374
  • IR-80521
  • Face Recognition
  • SCS-Safety
  • EWI-21891
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Image quality

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Dutta, A., Veldhuis, R., & Spreeuwers, L. (2012). The Impact of Image Quality on the Performance of Face Recognition. In 33rd Symposium on Information Theory in the Benelux and the 2nd Joint WIC/IEEE Symposium on Information Theory and Signal Processing in the Benelux (pp. 141-148). Enschede, the Netherlands: Werkgemeenschap voor Informatie- en Communicatietheorie (WIC).
Dutta, Abhishek ; Veldhuis, Raymond ; Spreeuwers, Luuk. / The Impact of Image Quality on the Performance of Face Recognition. 33rd Symposium on Information Theory in the Benelux and the 2nd Joint WIC/IEEE Symposium on Information Theory and Signal Processing in the Benelux. Enschede, the Netherlands : Werkgemeenschap voor Informatie- en Communicatietheorie (WIC), 2012. pp. 141-148
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Dutta, A, Veldhuis, R & Spreeuwers, L 2012, The Impact of Image Quality on the Performance of Face Recognition. in 33rd Symposium on Information Theory in the Benelux and the 2nd Joint WIC/IEEE Symposium on Information Theory and Signal Processing in the Benelux. Werkgemeenschap voor Informatie- en Communicatietheorie (WIC), Enschede, the Netherlands, pp. 141-148, 33rd WIC Symposium on Information Theory in the Benelux and the 2nd Joint WIC/IEEE Symposium on Information Theory and Signal Processing in the Benelux 2012, Boekelo, Netherlands, 24/05/12.

The Impact of Image Quality on the Performance of Face Recognition. / Dutta, Abhishek; Veldhuis, Raymond; Spreeuwers, Luuk.

33rd Symposium on Information Theory in the Benelux and the 2nd Joint WIC/IEEE Symposium on Information Theory and Signal Processing in the Benelux. Enschede, the Netherlands : Werkgemeenschap voor Informatie- en Communicatietheorie (WIC), 2012. p. 141-148.

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Dutta A, Veldhuis R, Spreeuwers L. The Impact of Image Quality on the Performance of Face Recognition. In 33rd Symposium on Information Theory in the Benelux and the 2nd Joint WIC/IEEE Symposium on Information Theory and Signal Processing in the Benelux. Enschede, the Netherlands: Werkgemeenschap voor Informatie- en Communicatietheorie (WIC). 2012. p. 141-148