Recognizing Facial Expressions: A Comparison of Computational Approaches

A. Shenoy, T.M. Gale, N. Davey, B. Christianson, R. Frank

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    Recognizing facial expressions are a key part of human social interaction,and processing of facial expression information is largely automatic, but it is a non-trivial task for a computational system. The purpose of this work is to develop computational models capable of differentiating between a range of human facial expressions. Raw face images are examples of high dimensional data, so here we use some dimensionality reduction techniques: Linear Discriminant Analysis, Principal Component Analysis and Curvilinear Component Analysis. We also preprocess the images with a bank of Gabor filters, so that important features in the face images are identified. Subsequently the faces are classified using a Support Vector Machine. We show that it is possible to differentiate faces with a neutral expression from those with a smiling expression with high accuracy. Moreover we can achieve this with data that has been massively reduced in size: in the best case the original images are reduced to just 11 dimensions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1001-1010
    JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


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