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EQFace: A Simple Explicit Quality Network for Face Recognition
As the deep learning makes big progresses in still-image face recognition, unconstrained video face recognition is still a challenging task due to low quality face images caused by pose, blur, occlusion, illumination etc. In this paper we propose a network for face recognition which gives an explicit and quantitative quality score at the same time when a feature vector is extracted. To our knowledge this is the first network that implements these two functions in one network online. This network is very simple by adding a quality network branch to the baseline network of face recognition. It does not require training datasets with annotated face quality labels. We evaluate this network on both still-image face datasets and video face datasets and achieve the state-of-the-art performance in many cases. We demonstrate three applications of the explicit face quality, one of which is a progressive feature aggregation scheme in online video face recognition. We design an experiment to prove the benefits of using the face quality in this application.