Head Tracking via Robust Registration in Texture Map Images
La Cascia, Marco
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CitationLa Cascia, Marco; Isidoro, John; Sclaroff, Stan. "Head Tracking via Robust Registration in Texture Map Images", Technical Report BUCS-1997-020, Computer Science Department, Boston University, November 24, 1997. [Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/2144/1620]
A novel method for 3D head tracking in the presence of large head rotations and facial expression changes is described. Tracking is formulated in terms of color image registration in the texture map of a 3D surface model. Model appearance is recursively updated via image mosaicking in the texture map as the head orientation varies. The resulting dynamic texture map provides a stabilized view of the face that can be used as input to many existing 2D techniques for face recognition, facial expressions analysis, lip reading, and eye tracking. Parameters are estimated via a robust minimization procedure; this provides robustness to occlusions, wrinkles, shadows, and specular highlights. The system was tested on a variety of sequences taken with low quality, uncalibrated video cameras. Experimental results are reported.