Realistic Full-Body Anonymization With Surface-Guided GANs

Håkon Hukkelås, Morten Smebye, Rudolf Mester, Frank Lindseth; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), 2023, pp. 1430-1440


Recent work on image anonymization has shown that generative adversarial networks (GANs) can generate near-photorealistic faces to anonymize individuals. However, scaling up these networks to the entire human body has remained a challenging and yet unsolved task. We propose a new anonymization method that generates realistic humans for in-the-wild images. A key part of our design is to guide adversarial nets by dense pixel-to-surface correspondences between an image and a canonical 3D surface. We introduce Variational Surface-Adaptive Modulation (V-SAM) that embeds surface information throughout the generator. Combining this with our novel discriminator surface supervision loss, the generator can synthesize high quality humans with diverse appearances in complex and varying scenes. We demonstrate that surface guidance significantly improves image quality and diversity of samples, yielding a highly practical generator. Finally, we show that our method preserves data usability without infringing privacy when collecting image datasets for training computer vision models.

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@InProceedings{Hukkelas_2023_WACV, author = {Hukkel\r{a}s, H\r{a}kon and Smebye, Morten and Mester, Rudolf and Lindseth, Frank}, title = {Realistic Full-Body Anonymization With Surface-Guided GANs}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV)}, month = {January}, year = {2023}, pages = {1430-1440} }