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It’s Written All Over Your Face: Full-Face Appearance-Based Gaze Estimation

Xucong Zhang, Yusuke Sugano, Mario Fritz, Andreas Bulling

Proc. IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops (CVPRW), pp. 2299-2308, 2017.


Abstract

Eye gaze is an important non-verbal cue for human affect analysis. Recent gaze estimation work indicated that information from the full face region can benefit performance. Pushing this idea further, we propose an appearance-based method that, in contrast to a long-standing line of work in computer vision, only takes the full face image as input. Our method encodes the face image using a convolutional neural network with spatial weights applied on the feature maps to flexibly suppress or enhance information in different facial regions. Through extensive evaluation, we show that our full-face method significantly outperforms the state of the art for both 2D and 3D gaze estimation, achieving improvements of up to 14.3% on MPIIGaze and 27.7% on EYEDIAP for person-independent 3D gaze estimation. We further show that this improvement is consistent across different illumination conditions and gaze directions and par- ticularly pronounced for the most challenging extreme head poses.

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@inproceedings{zhang17_cvprw, title = {It's Written All Over Your Face: Full-Face Appearance-Based Gaze Estimation}, author = {Zhang, Xucong and Sugano, Yusuke and Fritz, Mario and Bulling, Andreas}, booktitle = {Proc. IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops (CVPRW)}, year = {2017}, doi = {10.1109/CVPRW.2017.284}, pages = {2299-2308} }