Clustering facial attributes: Narrowing the path from soft to hard biometrics


Despite the success obtained in face detection and recognition over the last ten years of research, the analysis of facial attributes still represents a trend topic. Keeping the full face recognition aside, exploring the potentials of soft biometric traits, i.e. singular facial traits like the nose, the mouth, the hair and so on, is yet considered a fruitful field of investigation. Being able to infer the identity of an occluded face, e.g. voluntary occluded by sunglasses or accidentally due to environmental factors, can be useful in a wide range of operative fields where user collaboration cannot be considered as an assumption. This especially happens when dealing with forensic scenarios in which is not unusual to have partial face photos or partial fingerprints. In this paper, an unsupervised clustering approach is described. It consists in a neural network model for face attributes recognition based on transfer learning whose goal is grouping faces according to common facial features. Moreover, we use the features collected in each cluster to provide a compact and comprehensive description of the faces belonging to each cluster and deep learning as a mean for task prediction in partially visible faces.

IEEE Access Volume 8, 2020, Article number 8941010, Pages 9037-9045
Silvio Barra
Silvio Barra
Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor @ University of Naples