Facial Events Discovery

Selected video frames of unposed facial behavior from three participants.

Different colors and shapes represent dynamic events discovered by unsupervised learning: smile (green circle) and lip compressor (blue hexagons). Dashed lines indicate correspondences between persons.



Automatic facial image analysis has been a long standing research problem in computer vision. A key component in facial image analysis, largely conditioning the success of subsequent algorithms (e.g., facial expression recognition), is to define a vocabulary of possible dynamic facial events. To date, that vocabulary has come from the anatomically-based Facial Action Coding System (FACS) or more subjective approaches (i.e. emotion-specified expressions). The aim of this paper is to discover facial events directly from video of naturally occurring facial behavior, without recourse to FACS or other labeling schemes. To discover facial events, we propose a novel temporal clustering algorithm, Aligned Cluster Analysis (ACA)[2] [3], and a multi-subject correspondence algorithm for matching expressions. We use a variety of video sources: posed facial behavior (Cohn-Kanade database), unscripted facial behavior (RU-FACS database) and some video in infants. ACA achieved moderate intersystem agreement with manual FACS coding and proved informative as a visualization/summarization tool.