Faces from sketches: A subspace synthesis approach

Yung Hui Li, Marios Savvides

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In real life scenario, we may be interested in face recognition for identification purpose when we only got sketch of the face images, for example, when police tries to identify criminals based on sketches of suspect, which is drawn by artists according to description of witnesses, what they have in hand is a sketch of suspects, and many real face image acquired from video surveillance. So far the state-of-the-art approach toward this problem tries to transform all real face images into sketches and perform recognition on sketch domain. In our approach we propose the opposite which is a better approach; we propose to generate a realistic face image from the composite sketch using a Hybrid subspace method and then build an illumination tolerant correlation filter which can recognize the person under different illumination variations. We show experimental results on our approach on the CMU PIE (Pose Illumination and Expression) database on the effectiveness of our novel approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiometric Technology for Human Identification III
StatePublished - 2006
EventBiometric Technology for Human Identification III - Kissimmee, FL, United States
Duration: 17 Apr 200618 Apr 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceBiometric Technology for Human Identification III
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityKissimmee, FL


  • Computer vision
  • Correlation filter
  • Face recognition
  • Face-sketch hybrid subspace
  • Pattern recognition
  • Security


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