3D Face Processing: Modeling, Analysis and Synthesis introduces the frontiers of 3D face processing techniques. It reviews existing 3D face processing techniques, including techniques for 3D face geometry modeling; 3D face motion modeling; and 3D face motion tracking and animation. Then it discusses a unified framework for face modeling, analysis and synthesis. In this framework, the authors present new methods for modeling complex natural facial motion, as well as face appearance variations due to illumination and subtle motion. Then the authors apply the framework to face tracking, expression recognition and face avatar for HCI interface. They conclude this book with comments on future work in the 3D face processing framework.
3D Face Processing: Modeling, Analysis and Synthesis will interest those working in face processing for intelligent human computer interaction and video surveillance. It contains a comprehensive survey on existing face processing techniques, which can serve as a reference for students and researchers. It also covers in-depth discussion on face motion analysis and synthesis algorithms, which will benefit more advanced graduate students and researchers.
The advances in new information technology and media encourage deployment of multi-modal information systems with increasing ubiquity. These systems demand techniques for processing information beyond text, such as visual and audio information. Among the visual information, human faces provide important cues of human activities. Thus they are useful for human-human communication, human-computer interaction (HCI) and intelligent video surveillance. 3D face processing techniques would enable (1) extracting information about the person’ s identity, motions and states from images of face in arbitrary poses; and (2) visualizing information using synthetic face animation for more natural human computer interaction. These aspects will help an intelligent information system interpret and deliver facial visual information, which is useful for effective interaction and automatic video surveillance.