Selecting stable keypoints and local descriptors for person identification using 3D face scans

Stefano Berretti, Naoufel Werghi, Alberto del Bimbo, Pietro Pala

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3D face identification based on the detection and comparison of keypoints of the face is a promising solution to extend face recognition approaches to the case of 3D scans with occlusions and missing parts. In fact, approaches that perform sparse keypoints matching can naturally allow for partial face comparison. However, such methods typically use a large number of keypoints, locally described by high-dimensional feature vectors: This, combined with the combinatorial number of keypoint comparisons required to match two face scans, results in a high computational cost that does not scale well with large datasets. Motivated by these considerations, in this paper, we present a 3D face recognition approach based on the meshDOG keypoints detector and local GH descriptor, and propose original solutions to improve keypoints stability and select the most effective features from the local descriptors. Experiments have been performed to assess the validity of the proposed optimizations for stable keypoints detection and feature selection. Recognition accuracy has been evaluated on the Bosphorus database, showing competitive results with respect to existing 3D face identification solutions based on 3D keypoints.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)1275-1292
Number of pages18
JournalVisual Computer
Issue number11
StatePublished - 21 Oct 2014


  • 3D face recognition
  • 3D Keypoints detection
  • Feature selection
  • Stable scale space selection


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