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Facial Features for Template Matching Based Face Recognition

Chai Tong Yuen, M. Rizon, Woo San San and Tan Ching Seong


Problem statement: Template matching had been a conventional method for object detection especially facial features detection at the early stage of face recognition research. The appearance of moustache and beard had affected the performance of features detection and face recognition system since ages ago. Approach: The proposed algorithm aimed to reduce the effect of beard and moustache for facial features detection and introduce facial features based template matching as the classification method. An automated algorithm for face recognition system based on detected facial features, iris and mouth had been developed. First, the face region was located using skin color information. Next, the algorithm computed the costs for each pair of iris candidates from intensity valleys as references for iris selection. As for mouth detection, color space method was used to allocate lips region, image processing methods to eliminate unwanted noises and corner detection technique to refine the exact location of mouth. Finally, template matching was used to classify faces based on the extracted features. Results: The proposed method had shown a better features detection rate (iris = 93.06%, mouth = 95.83%) than conventional method. Template matching had achieved a recognition rate of 86.11% with acceptable processing time (0.36 sec). Conclusion: The results indicate that the elimination of moustache and beard has not affected the performance of facial features detection. The proposed features based template matching has significantly improved the processing time of this method in face recognition research.

American Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume 6 No. 11, 2009, 1897-1901


Submitted On: 26 October 2009 Published On: 30 November 2009

How to Cite: Yuen, C. T., Rizon, M., San, W. S. & Seong, T. C. (2009). Facial Features for Template Matching Based Face Recognition. American Journal of Applied Sciences, 6(11), 1897-1901.

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  • Facial features
  • face detection
  • iris detection
  • mouth detection
  • face recognition