D. Lin, Y. Cheng, Y. Li, S. Prasad and A. Guo, Masked Face Recognition via Self-Attention Based Local Consistency Regularization. 2022 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), 2022, pp. 436-440, doi: 10.1109/ICIP46576.2022.9898076.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, one critical measure against infection is wearing masks. This measure poses a huge challenge to the existing face recognition systems by introducing heavy occlusions. In this paper, we propose an effective masked face recognition system. To alleviate the challenge of mask occlusion, we first exploit RetinaFace to achieve robust masked face detection and alignment. Secondly, we propose a deep CNN network for masked face recognition trained by minimizing ArcFace loss together with a local consistency regularization (LCR) loss. This facilitates the network to simultaneously learn globally discriminative face representations of different identities together with locally consistent representations between the non-occluded faces and their counterparts wearing synthesized facial masks. The experiments on the masked LFW dataset demonstrate that the proposed system can produce superior masked face recognition performance over multiple state-of-the-art methods. The proposed method is implemented in a portable Jetson Nano device which can achieve real-time masked face recognition.
There was no specific funding for the research done