Représentation invariante des expressions faciales. : Application en analyse multimodale des émotions.

Abstract : More and more applications aim at automating the analysis of human behavior to assist or replace the experts who are conducting these analyzes. This thesis deals with the analysis of facial expressions, which provide key information on these behaviors.Our work proposes an innovative solution to effectively define a facial expression, regardless of the morphology of the subject. The approach is based on the organization of expressions.We show that the organization of expressions, such as defined, is universal and can be effectively used to uniquely define an expression. One expression is given by its intensity and its relative position to the other expressions. The solution is compared with the conventional methods based on appearance data and shows a significant increase in recognition results of 14 non-basic expressions. The method has been extended to unknown subjects. The main idea is to create a plausible appearance space dedicated to the unknown person by synthesizing its basic expressions from deformations learned on other subjects and applied to the neutral face of the unknown subject. The solution is tested in a more comprehensive multimodal environment, whose aim is the recognition of emotions in spontaneous conversations. Our method has been implemented in the international challenge AVEC 2012 (Audio / Visual Emotion Challenge) where we finished 2nd, with recognition rates very close to the winners’ ones. Comparison of both methods (ours and the winners’ one) seems to show that the extraction of relevant features is the key to such systems.
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Catherine Soladié. Représentation invariante des expressions faciales. : Application en analyse multimodale des émotions.. Autre. Supélec, 2013. Français. ⟨NNT : 2013SUPL0032⟩. ⟨tel-00988118⟩

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