Orthogonal Deep Features Decomposition for Age-Invariant Face Recognition

Yitong Wang, Dihong Gong, Zheng Zhou, Xing Ji, Hao Wang, Zhifeng Li, Wei Liu, Tong Zhang; The European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2018, pp. 738-753


As facial appearance is subject to significant intra-class variations caused by the aging process over time, age-invariant face recognition (AIFR) remains a major challenge in face recognition community. To reduce the intra-class discrepancy caused by aging, in this paper we propose a novel approach (namely, Orthogonal Embedding CNNs, or OE-CNNs) to learn the age-invariant deep face features. Specifically, we decompose deep face features into two orthogonal components to represent age-related and identity-related features. As a result, identity-related features that are robust to aging are then used for AIFR. Besides, for complementing the existing cross-age datasets and advancing the research in this field, we construct a brand-new large-scale Cross-Age Face dataset (CAF). Extensive experiments conducted on the three public domain face aging datasets (MORPH Album 2, CACD-VS and FG-NET have shown the effectiveness of the proposed approach and the value of the constructed CAF dataset on AIFR. Benchmarking our algorithm on one of the most popular general face recognition (GFR) dataset LFW additionally demonstrates the comparable generalization performance on GFR.

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author = {Wang, Yitong and Gong, Dihong and Zhou, Zheng and Ji, Xing and Wang, Hao and Li, Zhifeng and Liu, Wei and Zhang, Tong},
title = {Orthogonal Deep Features Decomposition for Age-Invariant Face Recognition},
booktitle = {The European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV)},
month = {September},
year = {2018}