Real-time Memory Efficient Large-pose Face Alignment via Deep Evolutionary Network [article]

Bin Sun, Ming Shao, Siyu Xia, Yun Fu
2019 arXiv   pre-print
There is an urgent need to apply face alignment in a memory-efficient and real-time manner due to the recent explosion of face recognition applications. However, impact factors such as large pose variation and computational inefficiency, still hinder its broad implementation. To this end, we propose a computationally efficient deep evolutionary model integrated with 3D Diffusion Heap Maps (DHM). First, we introduce a sparse 3D DHM to assist the initial modeling process under extreme pose
more » ... ons. Afterward, a simple and effective CNN feature is extracted and fed to Recurrent Neural Network (RNN) for evolutionary learning. To accelerate the model, we propose an efficient network structure to accelerate the evolutionary learning process through a factorization strategy. Extensive experiments on three popular alignment databases demonstrate the advantage of the proposed models over the state-of-the-art, especially under large-pose conditions. Notably, the computational speed of our model is 6 times faster than the state-of-the-art on CPU and 14 times on GPU. We also discuss and analyze the limitations of our models and future research work.
arXiv:1910.11818v2 fatcat:vs4nz7vvfrezpcu2gjjvykwjry