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

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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 the 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputer Vision – ECCV 2018 - 15th European Conference, 2018, Proceedings
EditorsYair Weiss, Vittorio Ferrari, Cristian Sminchisescu, Martial Hebert
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783030012663
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event15th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2018 - Munich, Germany
Duration: Sep 8 2018Sep 14 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11219 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other15th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2018


  • Age-invariant face recognition
  • Convolutional neural networks
  • Cross-age face dataset

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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