Face Attribute Estimation Using Multi-Task Convolutional Neural Network

Hiroya Kawai, Koichi Ito, Takafumi Aoki

研究成果: ジャーナルへの寄稿学術論文査読


Face attribute estimation can be used for improving the accuracy of face recognition, customer analysis in marketing, image retrieval, video surveillance, and criminal investigation. The major methods for face attribute estimation are based on Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) that solve face attribute estimation as a multiple two-class classification problem. Although one feature extractor should be used for each attribute to explore the accuracy of attribute estimation, in most cases, one feature extractor is shared to estimate all face attributes for the parameter effi-ciency. This paper proposes a face attribute estimation method using Merged Multi-CNN (MM-CNN) to automatically optimize CNN structures for solving multiple binary classification problems to improve parameter efficiency and accuracy in face attribute estimation. We also propose a parameter reduction method called Convolutionalization for Parameter Reduction (CPR), which removes all fully connected layers from MM-CNNs. Through a set of experiments using the CelebA and LFW-a datasets, we demonstrate that MM-CNN with CPR exhibits higher efficiency of face attribute estimation in terms of estimation accuracy and the number of weight parameters than conventional methods.

ジャーナルJournal of Imaging
出版ステータス出版済み - 2022 4月


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