Boosting Deep Face Recognition via Disentangling Appearance and Geometry

Ali Dabouei, Fariborz Taherkhani, Sobhan Soleymani, Jeremy Dawson, Nasser Nasrabadi; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), 2020, pp. 320-329

Abstract


In this paper, we propose a framework for disentangling the appearance and geometry representations in the face recognition task. To provide supervision for this aim, we generate geometrically identical faces by incorporating spatial transformations. We demonstrate that the proposed approach enhances the performance of deep face recognition models by assisting the training process in two ways. First, it enforces the early and intermediate convolutional layers to learn more representative features that satisfy the properties of disentangled embeddings. Second, it augments the training set by altering faces geometrically. Through extensive experiments, we demonstrate that integrating the proposed approach into state-of-the-art face recognition methods effectively improves their performance on challenging datasets, such as LFW, YTF, and MegaFace. Both theoretical and practical aspects of the method are analyzed rigorously by concerning ablation studies and knowledge transfer tasks. Furthermore, we show that the knowledge leaned by the proposed method can favor other face-related tasks, such as attribute prediction.

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@InProceedings{Dabouei_2020_WACV,
author = {Dabouei, Ali and Taherkhani, Fariborz and Soleymani, Sobhan and Dawson, Jeremy and Nasrabadi, Nasser},
title = {Boosting Deep Face Recognition via Disentangling Appearance and Geometry},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV)},
month = {March},
year = {2020}
}