Journal of Computer Science

Thermal Face Authentication with Convolutional Neural Network

Mohamed Sayed and Faris Baker

DOI : 10.3844/jcssp.2018.1627.1637

Journal of Computer Science

Volume 14, Issue 12

Pages 1627-1637


Matching thermal face images as a method of biometric authentication has gained increasing interest because of its advantage of tracking a target object at night and in total darkness. Therefore, for security purposes, it has become highly favourable and has extensive applications, for instance, in video surveillance at night. The aim of this study is to present a simple and efficient deep learning model, which accurately predicts person identification. A pre-trained Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) is employed to extract the features of the multiple convolution layers of the low resolutions’ thermal infrared images. To run the program and evaluate the performance, we use a sample of 1500 resized thermal images, each with resolution 181×161 pixels. The sample comprises of images that were captured within different time-lapse and with diverse emotions, poses and lighting conditions. The proposed approach is effective compared to the state-of-the-art thermal face recognition algorithms and achieves impressive accuracy of 99.6% with less processing and training times.


© 2018 Mohamed Sayed and Faris Baker. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.