Age and gender estimation of unfiltered faces

Eran Eidinger, Roee Enbar, Tal Hassner

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This paper concerns the estimation of facial attributes - namely, age and gender - from images of faces acquired in challenging, in the wild conditions. This problem has received far less attention than the related problem of face recognition, and in particular, has not enjoyed the same dramatic improvement in capabilities demonstrated by contemporary face recognition systems. Here, we address this problem by making the following contributions. First, in answer to one of the key problems of age estimation research - absence of data - we offer a unique data set of face images, labeled for age and gender, acquired by smart-phones and other mobile devices, and uploaded without manual filtering to online image repositories. We show the images in our collection to be more challenging than those offered by other face-photo benchmarks. Second, we describe the dropout-support vector machine approach used by our system for face attribute estimation, in order to avoid over-fitting. This method, inspired by the dropout learning techniques now popular with deep belief networks, is applied here for training support vector machines, to the best of our knowledge, for the first time. Finally, we present a robust face alignment technique, which explicitly considers the uncertainties of facial feature detectors. We report extensive tests analyzing both the difficulty levels of contemporary benchmarks as well as the capabilities of our own system. These show our method to outperform state-of-the-art by a wide margin.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6906255
Pages (from-to)2170-2179
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2014

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  • Face recognition
  • identification of persons
  • neural networks
  • support vector machines


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