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Real-Time Gait-Based Age Estimation and Gender Classification From a Single Image
In this paper, we propose a unified real-time framework for gait-based age estimation and gender classification that uses just a single image, which reduces the latency in video capturing compared with the existing methods based on a gait cycle. To cope with the problem of lacking motion information in the input single image, we first reconstruct a gait cycle of a silhouette sequence from the input image via a gait cycle reconstruction network. The reconstructed gait cycle is then fed into a state-of-the-art gait recognition network for feature representation learning, which is further used to obtain the class of the gender and the estimated probability distribution of integer age labels. Unlike the existing methods focusing on the gait sequences captured from the side view, the proposed method is applicable to the gait images from an arbitrary view with a single trained model, which is more suitable for real-world application scenarios (e.g., automatic access control). Stand-alone and client-server online systems were implemented based on the proposed method, which validates the real-time/online property in actual scenes. The experiments on the world's largest multi-view gait dataset demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method, which achieves performance improvement compared with the benchmark algorithms.