AnchorFace: An Anchor-based Facial Landmark Detector Across Large Poses


  • Zixuan Xu School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science, Peking University
  • Banghuai Li Megvii Research
  • Ye Yuan Megvii Research
  • Miao Geng Beihang University


Biometrics, Face, Gesture & Pose


Facial landmark localization aims to detect the predefined points of human faces, and the topic has been rapidly improved with the recent development of neural network based methods. However, it remains a challenging task when dealing with faces in unconstrained scenarios, especially with large pose variations. In this paper, we target the problem of facial landmark localization across large poses and address this task based on a split-and-aggregate strategy. To split the search space, we propose a set of anchor templates as references for regression, which well addresses the large variations of face poses. Based on the prediction of each anchor template, we propose to aggregate the results, which can reduce the landmark uncertainty due to the large poses. Overall, our proposed approach, named AnchorFace, obtains state-of-the-art results with extremely efficient inference speed on four challenging benchmarks, i.e. AFLW, 300W, Menpo, and WFLW dataset. Code will be available soon.




How to Cite

Xu, Z., Li, B., Yuan, Y., & Geng, M. (2021). AnchorFace: An Anchor-based Facial Landmark Detector Across Large Poses. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 35(4), 3092-3100. Retrieved from



AAAI Technical Track on Computer Vision III