Masked Face Recognition Datasets and Validation

Baojin Huang, Zhongyuan Wang, Guangcheng Wang, Kui Jiang, Zheng He, Hua Zou, Qin Zou; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) Workshops, 2021, pp. 1487-1491


In order to effectively prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus, almost everyone wears a mask during coronavirus epidemic. This nearly makes conventional facial recognition technology ineffective in many scenarios, such as face authentication, security check, community visit check-in, etc. Therefore, it is very urgent to boost performance of existing face recognition systems on masked faces. Most current advanced face recognition approaches are based on deep learning, which heavily depend on a large number of training samples. However, there are presently no publicly available masked face recognition datasets. To this end, this work proposes three types of masked face datasets, including Masked Face Detection Dataset (MFDD), Real-world Masked Face Recognition Dataset (RMFRD) and Synthetic Masked Face Recognition Dataset (SMFRD). As far as we know, we are the first to publicly release large-scale masked face recognition datasets that can be downloaded for free at

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@InProceedings{Huang_2021_ICCV, author = {Huang, Baojin and Wang, Zhongyuan and Wang, Guangcheng and Jiang, Kui and He, Zheng and Zou, Hua and Zou, Qin}, title = {Masked Face Recognition Datasets and Validation}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) Workshops}, month = {October}, year = {2021}, pages = {1487-1491} }