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An Active Model for Facial Feature Tracking

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We present a system for finding and tracking a face and extract global and local animation parameters from a video sequence. The system uses an initial colour processing step for finding a rough estimate of the position, size, and inplane rotation of the face, followed by a refinement step drived by an active model. The latter step refines the pre­vious estimate, and also extracts local animation parame­ters. The system is able to track the face and some facial features in near real-time, and can compress the result to a bitstream compliant to MPEG-4 face and body animation.

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Correspondence to Jörgen Ahlberg.

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Ahlberg, J. An Active Model for Facial Feature Tracking. EURASIP J. Adv. Signal Process. 2002, 569028 (2002). https://doi.org/10.1155/S1110865702203078

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Keywords

  • active appearance models
  • free tracking
  • facial feature tracking
  • model-based coding
  • MPEG-4 face and body animation