Expression-Invariant Age Estimation

Fares Alnajar, Zhongyu Lou, Jose Alvarez and Theo Gevers

In Proceedings British Machine Vision Conference 2014


In this paper, we investigate and exploit the influence of facial expressions on automatic age estimation. Different from existing approaches, our method jointly learns the age and expression by introducing a new graphical model with a latent layer between the age/expression labels and the features. This layer aims to learn the relationship between the age and expression and captures the face changes which induce the aging and expression appearance, and thus obtaining expression-invariant age estimation. Conducted on two age-expression datasets (FACES and Lifespan), our experiments illustrate the improvement in performance when the age is jointly learnt with expression in comparison to expression-independent age estimation. The age estimation error is reduced by 14.43% and 37.75% for the FACES and Lifespan datasets respectively. Furthermore, the results obtained by our graphical model, without prior-knowledge of the expressions of the tested faces, are better that the best reported ones for both datasets.




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Fares Alnajar, Zhongyu Lou, Jose Alvarez, and Theo Gevers. Expression-Invariant Age Estimation. Proceedings of the British Machine Vision Conference. BMVA Press, September 2014.


	title = {Expression-Invariant Age Estimation},
	author = {Alnajar, Fares and Lou, Zhongyu and Alvarez, Jose and Gevers, Theo},
	year = {2014},
	booktitle = {Proceedings of the British Machine Vision Conference},
	publisher = {BMVA Press},
	editors = {Valstar, Michel and French, Andrew and Pridmore, Tony}
	doi = { }