On Hair Recognition in the Wild by Machine


  • Joseph Roth Michigan State University
  • Xiaoming Liu Michigan State University




Hair, Face Recognition


We present an algorithm for identity verification using only information from the hair. Face recognition in the wild (i.e., unconstrained settings) is highly useful in a variety of applications, but performance suffers due to many factors, e.g., obscured face, lighting variation, extreme pose angle, and expression. It is well known that humans utilize hair for identification under many of these scenarios due to either the consistent hair appearance of the same subject or obvious hair discrepancy of different subjects, but little work exists to replicate this intelligence artificially. We propose a learned hair matcher using shape, color, and texture features derived from localized patches through an AdaBoost technique with abstaining weak classifiers when features are not present in the given location. The proposed hair matcher achieves 71.53% accuracy on the LFW View 2 dataset. Hair also reduces the error of a Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) face matcher through simple score-level fusion by 5.7%.




How to Cite

Roth, J., & Liu, X. (2014). On Hair Recognition in the Wild by Machine. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 28(1). https://doi.org/10.1609/aaai.v28i1.9145