Carnegie Mellon University
Hallucinating Faces

Simon Baker and Takeo Kanade
Fourth International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition, March, 2000.

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Faces often appear very small in surveillance imagery because of the wide fields of view that are typically used and the relatively large distance between the cameras and the scene. For tasks such as face recognition, resolution enhancement techniques are therefore generally needed. Although numerous resolution enhancement algorithms have been proposed in the literature, most of them are limited by the fact that they make weak, if any, assumptions about the scene. We propose an algorithm to learn a prior on the spatial distribution of the image gradient for frontal images of faces. We proceed to show how such a prior can be incorporated into a resolution enhancement algorithm to yield 4-8 fold improvements in resolution (i.e. 16--64 times as many pixels). The additional pixels are, in effect, hallucinated.

Resolution Enhancement, Faces

Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Vision and Autonomous Systems Center
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Face Group
Associated Project(s): Image Enhancement for Faces and Hallucinating Faces

Text Reference
Simon Baker and Takeo Kanade, "Hallucinating Faces," Fourth International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition, March, 2000.

BibTeX Reference
   author = "Simon Baker and Takeo Kanade",
   title = "Hallucinating Faces",
   booktitle = "Fourth International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition",
   month = "March",
   year = "2000",