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Facial Image Analysis using Directional Statistics and Shape-from Shading

Facial Image Analysis using Directional Statistics and Shape-from Shading

This video was recorded at Workshop on Applications of Pattern Analysis (WAPA), Cumberland Lodge 2010. Although the recovery of facial shape using shape-from-shading is an appealing idea, it is frustrated by problems such as concave-convex ambiguities, variable albedo, self shadowing and non-Lambertian reflectance. As such the devil resides in the detail. In this talk I will show how these problems can be overcome by incorporating a statistical model for surface normal direction within the shape-from-shading process. The main contribution of the talk is to develop a representation of the distribution of surface normals using the equidistant azimuthal projection from cartography, which transforms a distribution of surface normal direction on a unit sphere to a distribution of points on a... Show More

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