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Generic Active Appearance Models
Head: Simon Lucey
Contact: Simon Lucey
Mailing address:
Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Associated center(s) / consortia:
 Vision and Autonomous Systems Center (VASC)
Associated lab(s) / group(s):
 Face Group
Active Appearance Models (AAMs) have been used with great success for subject specific non-rigid face alignment/tracking. Unfortunately, AAMs suffer inherent drawbacks when being applied to faces that have not been seen previously. We refer to this as the "Generic AAM" problem.

At present we are pursuing techniques for non-rigid face alignment based on Constrained Local Models (CLMs) that exhibit superior generic performance over conventional AAMs. Specifically, we have been investigating two flavors of CLMs we refer to as Exhaustive Local Search (ELS) and Robust Convex Quadratic Fitting (RCQF).