Human age estimation using bio-inspired features

Guodong Guo, Guowang Mu, Yun Fu, Thomas S. Huang

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We investigate the biologically inspired features (BIF) for human age estimation from faces. As in previous bioinspired models, a pyramid of Gabor filters are used at all positions of the input image for the S1 units. But unlike previous models, we find that the pre-learned prototypes for the S2 layer and then progressing to C2 cannot work well for age estimation. We also propose to use Gabor filters with smaller sizes and suggest to determine the number of bands and orientations in a problem-specific manner, rather than using a predefined number. More importantly, we propose a new operator "STD" to encode the aging subtlety on faces. Evaluated on the large database YGA with 8, 000 face images and the public available FG-NET database, our approach achieves significant improvements in age estimation accuracy over the state-of-the-artmethods. By applying our system to some Internet face images, we show the robustness of our method and the potential of cross-race age estimation, which has not been explored by any studies before

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops, CVPR Workshops 2009
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781424439935
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event2009 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2009 - Miami, FL, United States
Duration: Jun 20 2009Jun 25 2009

Publication series

Name2009 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2009


Other2009 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMiami, FL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Biomedical Engineering


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