Human face aging with guided prediction and detail synthesis

Ming Han Tsai, Yen Kai Liao, I-Chen Lin*

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In this paper, we present an example-based method to estimate the aging process of a human face. To tackle the difficulty of collecting considerable chronological photos of individuals, we utilize a two-layer strategy. Based on a sparse aging database, an EM-PCAbased algorithm with the personal guidance vector is first applied to conjecture the temporal variations of a target face. Since the subspace-based prediction may not preserve detailed creases, we propose synthesizing facial details with a separate texture dataset. Besides automatic simulation, the proposed framework can also include further guidance, e.g., parents impact vector or users indication of wrinkles. Our estimated results can improve feature point positions and user evaluation demonstrates that the two-layer approach provides more reasonable aging prediction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)801-824
Number of pages24
JournalMultimedia Tools and Applications
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Face aging
  • Image generation
  • Pattern analysis


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