Robust Head-Pose Estimation Based on Partially-Latent Mixture of Linear Regressions

Vincent Drouard, Radu Horaud, Antoine Deleforge, Sileye Ba, Georgios Evangelidis
2017 IEEE Transactions on Image Processing  
Head-pose estimation has many applications, such as social event analysis, human-robot and human-computer interaction, driving assistance, and so forth. Head-pose estimation is challenging because it must cope with changing illumination conditions, variabilities in face orientation and in appearance, partial occlusions of facial landmarks, as well as bounding-box-to-face alignment errors. We propose tu use a mixture of linear regressions with partially-latent output. This regression method
more » ... s to map high-dimensional feature vectors (extracted from bounding boxes of faces) onto the joint space of head-pose angles and bounding-box shifts, such that they are robustly predicted in the presence of unobservable phenomena. We describe in detail the mapping method that combines the merits of unsupervised manifold learning techniques and of mixtures of regressions. We validate our method with three publicly available datasets and we thoroughly benchmark four variants of the proposed algorithm with several state-of-the-art head-pose estimation methods.
doi:10.1109/tip.2017.2654165 pmid:28103555 fatcat:twvsmmro5jbsvaefhg2oepltcm