Conference Paper


G. Azzopardi, A. Greco, M. Vento: “Gender recognition from face images with trainable COSFIRE filters”, 13th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal Based Surveillance (AVSS), Colorado Springs, CO, USA, 2016, pp. 235-241.
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Gender recognition from face images is an important application in the fields of security, retail advertising and marketing. We propose a novel descriptor based on COSFIRE filters for gender recognition. A COSFIRE filter is trainable, in that its selectivity is determined in an automatic configuration process that analyses a given prototype pattern of interest. We demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach on a new dataset called GENDER-FERET with 474 training and 472 test samples and achieve an accuracy rate of 93.7%. It also outperforms an approach that relies on handcrafted features and an ensemble of classifiers. Furthermore, we perform another experiment by using the images of the Labeled Faces in the Wild (LFW) dataset to train our classifier and the test images of the GENDER-FERET dataset for evaluation. This experiment demonstrates the generalization ability of the proposed approach and it also outperforms two commercial libraries, namely Face++ and Luxand.

Johann Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Groningen, the Netherlands