Occlusion Robust Face Recognition Based on Mask Learning with PairwiseDifferential Siamese Network

17 Aug 2019  ·  Lingxue Song, Dihong Gong, Zhifeng Li, Changsong Liu, Wei Liu ·

Deep Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) have been pushing the frontier of the face recognition research in the past years. However, existing general CNN face models generalize poorly to the scenario of occlusions on variable facial areas. Inspired by the fact that a human visual system explicitly ignores occlusions and only focuses on non-occluded facial areas, we propose a mask learning strategy to find and discard the corrupted feature elements for face recognition. A mask dictionary is firstly established by exploiting the differences between the top convoluted features of occluded and occlusion-free face pairs using an innovatively designed Pairwise Differential Siamese Network (PDSN). Each item of this dictionary captures the correspondence between occluded facial areas and corrupted feature elements, which is named Feature Discarding Mask (FDM). When dealing with a face image with random partial occlusions, we generate its FDM by combining relevant dictionary items and then multiply it with the original features to eliminate those corrupted feature elements. Comprehensive experiments on both synthesized and realistic occluded face datasets show that the proposed approach significantly outperforms the state-of-the-arts.

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