Analyzing and Reducing the Damage of Dataset Bias to Face Recognition With Synthetic Data

Adam Kortylewski, Bernhard Egger, Andreas Schneider, Thomas Gerig, Andreas Morel-Forster, Thomas Vetter; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) Workshops, 2019, pp. 0-0

Abstract


It is well known that deep learning approaches to face recognition suffer from various biases in the available training data. In this work, we demonstrate the large potential of synthetic data for analyzing and reducing the negative effects of dataset bias on deep face recognition systems. In particular we explore two complementary application areas for synthetic face images: 1) Using fully annotated synthetic face images we can study the face recognition rate as a function of interpretable parameters such as face pose. This enables us to systematically analyze the effect of different types of dataset biases on the generalization ability of neural network architectures. Our analysis reveals that deeper neural network architectures can generalize better to unseen face poses. Furthermore, our study shows that current neural network architectures cannot disentangle face pose and facial identity, which limits their generalization ability. 2) We pre-train neural networks with large-scale synthetic data that is highly variable in face pose and the number of facial identities. After a subsequent fine-tuning with real-world data, we observe that the damage of dataset bias in the real-world data is largely reduced. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the size of real-world datasets can be reduced by 75% while maintaining competitive face recognition performance. The data and software used in this work are publicly available.

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@InProceedings{Kortylewski_2019_CVPR_Workshops,
author = {Kortylewski, Adam and Egger, Bernhard and Schneider, Andreas and Gerig, Thomas and Morel-Forster, Andreas and Vetter, Thomas},
title = {Analyzing and Reducing the Damage of Dataset Bias to Face Recognition With Synthetic Data},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) Workshops},
month = {June},
year = {2019}
}