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Collaborative Face Recognition for Improved Face Annotation in Personal Photo Collections Shared on Online Social Networks

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4 Author(s)
Jae Young Choi ; Image and Video Systems Lab, Department of Electrical Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Republic of Korea ; Wesley De Neve ; Konstantinos N. Plataniotis ; Yong Man Ro

Using face annotation for effective management of personal photos in online social networks (OSNs) is currently of considerable practical interest. In this paper, we propose a novel collaborative face recognition (FR) framework, improving the accuracy of face annotation by effectively making use of multiple FR engines available in an OSN. Our collaborative FR framework consists of two major parts: selection of FR engines and merging (or fusion) of multiple FR results. The selection of FR engines aims at determining a set of personalized FR engines that are suitable for recognizing query face images belonging to a particular member of the OSN. For this purpose, we exploit both social network context in an OSN and social context in personal photo collections. In addition, to take advantage of the availability of multiple FR results retrieved from the selected FR engines, we devise two effective solutions for merging FR results, adopting traditional techniques for combining multiple classifier results. Experiments were conducted using 547 991 personal photos collected from an existing OSN. Our results demonstrate that the proposed collaborative FR method is able to significantly improve the accuracy of face annotation, compared to conventional FR approaches that only make use of a single FR engine. Further, we demonstrate that our collaborative FR framework has a low computational cost and comes with a design that is suited for deployment in a decentralized OSN.

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IEEE Transactions on Multimedia  (Volume:13 ,  Issue: 1 )
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