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Selective facial feature enhancement in head-and-shoulder image sequences

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3 Author(s)
S. Sengupta ; Dept. of Electron. & Electr. Eng., Edinburgh Univ., UK ; J. M. Hannah ; P. M. Grant

A novel approach to selectively enhancing important facial features in head and shoulders video sequences is described. The selected facial features (eyes, nose and mouth) are tracked from frame to frame and their positions are used to rank image blocks according to their perceptual importance. This ranked list of blocks is used to generate an independent bit stream which can be used to enhance regions of interest in the reconstructed image, depending on the available transmission bit rate. The technique is demonstrated as an add-on to an available JPEG-2000 encoder and decoder. Results are presented which show the effectiveness of the method for common image sequences. The applicability of this technique to inter-frame encoded motion compensated video is noted

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Multimedia Signal Processing, 2001 IEEE Fourth Workshop on

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