Statistical Models of Human Faces

TNT members involved in this project:
Hanno Ackermann, Ph.D.
Stella Graßhof, M.Sc.
Felix Kuhnke, M.Sc.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörn Ostermann

Human faces and facial expressions differ greatly between individuals. All parts of faces vary between individuals, especially between expressions of the same person. Separating inter-person changes from inter-expression changes thus poses a challenging problem for computers. On the other hand, human observers can easily distinguish both changes without any apparent problem. For generating human faces, it is essential not to vary the wrong component. For instance, if we want the 3d-model of a person to smile, we need to change model parameters, such that mouth and eyes change in a way that human observers consider as smile. State-of-the-art models, including Neural Networks, have great difficulties doing so without changing the person properties at the same time. In other words, when current algorithms are used to perform an inter-expression change, the person also varies as observed by a human.

  • Face Parameter Estimation
  • 3D Approximation
  • 3D Reconstruction from Sparse 2D Landmarks
  • Analysis and Synthesis of Faces
  • Person and Expression Transfer
  • Expression Classification





Reconstructed 3D face with Candide3 face model


Reconstructed 3D face with tensor face model


For code of this project please contact Stella Grasshof.

If you are interested in a thesis within this project, please contact Stella Graßhof or Felix Kuhnke.

  • Conference Contributions
    • Stella Graßhof, Hanno Ackermann, Felix Kuhnke, Jörn Ostermann, Sami Brandt
      Projective Structure from Facial Motion
      15th IAPR International Conference on Machine Vision Applications (MVA) (accepted), Nagoya (Japan), May 2017
    • Stella Graßhof, Hanno Ackermann, Sami Brandt, Jörn Ostermann
      Apathy is the Root of all Expressions
      12th IEEE Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition (FG2017), Washington D.C., USA, 2017
    • Stella Graßhof, Hanno Ackermann, Jörn Ostermann
      Estimation of Face Parameters using Correlation Analysis and a Topology Preserving Prior
      14th IAPR International Conference on Machine Vision Applications (MVA), Tokyo, May 2015