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Synergy between face alignment and tracking via Discriminative Global Consensus Optimization

Khan, Muhammad Haris; McDonagh, John; Tzimiropoulos, Georgios


Muhammad Haris Khan

John McDonagh

Georgios Tzimiropoulos


An open question in facial landmark localization in video is whether one should perform tracking or tracking-by-detection (i.e. face alignment). Tracking produces fittings of high accuracy but is prone to drifting. Tracking-by-detection is drift-free but results in low accuracy fittings. To provide a solution to this problem, we describe the very first, to the best of our knowledge, synergistic approach between detection (face alignment) and tracking which completely eliminates drifting from face tracking, and does not merely perform tracking-by-detection. Our first main contribution is to show that one can achieve this synergy between detection and tracking using a principled optimization framework based on the theory of Global Variable Consensus Optimization using ADMM; Our second contribution is to show how the proposed analytic framework can be integrated within state-of-the-art discriminative methods for face alignment and tracking based on cascaded regression and deeply learned features. Overall, we call our method Discriminative Global Consensus Model (DGCM). Our third contribution is to show that DGCM achieves large performance improvement over the currently best performing face tracking methods on the most challenging category of the 300-VW dataset.


Khan, M. H., McDonagh, J., & Tzimiropoulos, G. (2017). Synergy between face alignment and tracking via Discriminative Global Consensus Optimization.

Conference Name International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV17)
End Date Oct 29, 2017
Acceptance Date Jul 17, 2017
Publication Date Oct 26, 2017
Deposit Date Aug 9, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 26, 2017
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