International Journal of Pattern Recognition
and Artificial Intelligence

Special Issue on

Facial Image Processing and Analysis

International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence is seeking original and unpublished manuscripts for a Special Issue on Facial Image Processing and Analysis, scheduled for publication in 1st Quarter 2009.

Face recognition systems are progressively becoming popular as means of extracting biometric information. Face recognition has a critical role in biometric systems and is attractive for numerous applications including visual surveillance and security. Because of the general public acceptance of face images on various documents, face recognition has a great potential to become the next generation biometric technology of choice. Face images are also the only biometric information available in some legacy databases and international terrorist watch-lists and can be acquired even without subjects' cooperation.

Though there has been a great deal of progress in face detection and recognition in the last few years, many problems remain unsolved. Research on face detection must confront with many challenging problems, especially when dealing with outdoor illumination, pose variation with large rotation angles, low image quality, low resolution, occlusion, and background changes in complex real-life scenes. The design of face recognition algorithms that are effective over a wide range of viewpoints, complex outdoor lighting, occlusions, facial expressions, and aging of subjects, is still a major area of research. Before one claims that the facial image processing / analysis system is reliable, rigorous testing and verification on real-world datasets must be performed, including databases for face analysis and tracking in digital video. 3D head model assisted recognition is another research area where new solutions are urgently needed to enhance robustness of today's recognition systems and enable real-time, face-oriented processing and analysis of visual data. Thus, vigorous research is needed to solve such outstanding challenging problems and propose advanced solutions and systems for emerging applications of facial image processing and analysis.

This special issue is particularly interested in recent progress in face detection and recognition that explores emerging themes such as digital video, 3D, near infrared, occlusion and disguise, long-term aging, and/or the lack of sufficient training data. Submitted articles must not have been previously published and must not be currently submitted for publication elsewhere. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

New sensors or data sources
  3D-based face recognition
Near infrared imaging for face recognition
Video-based face recognition
  Image preprocessing for face detection / recognition
Color-based facial image processing and analysis
De-blurring and super-resolution for robust face detection / recognition
Face and feature detection
  Face detection for best-shot selection
Facial feature detection and extraction
3D head modeling and face tracking

Subspace / kernel methods for face recognition
Non-linear methods for face modeling
Bionic face representation
Ensemble learning for face classification

Key problems

Outdoor illumination
Large pose variations
Mid-term and long-term aging
Occlusion and disguise
Low quality and low resolution
Generalization problem due to lack of enough training examples

Dataset and evaluation

Challenging datasets
Video-based datasets
Statistical performance evaluation

Applications and other topics

Facial gesture recognition
Real-time processing solutions and systems
Face-based surveillance, biometrics, and multimedia applications
Face recognition in compressed domain

Submission procedure:

Manuscript should conform to the standard guidelines of the International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence (IJPRAI). Instructions for formatting papers can be found in the Guidelines for Contributors. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript via IJPRAI online submission system by December 1, 2007. "Facial Image Processing and Analysis" special issue should be indicated in the corresponding cover letter. All submitted papers will be reviewed by at least three independent reviewers.

Important Dates:
Manuscript submission deadline:
First notification:
Revised manuscript submission:
Notification of final decision:
Final manuscript due:
Publication of special issue:
December 1, 2007
March 15, 2008 (postponed: March 31, 2008)
June 30, 2008
September 15, 2008
November 1, 2008
1st Quarter 2009
Guest Editors:

Mislav Grgic
University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia

Shiguang Shan
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Beijing, China
Rastislav Lukac
Epson Canada Ltd.
Toronto, ON, Canada
  Harry Wechsler
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA, USA
  Marian Stewart Bartlett
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA, USA


Please download IJPRAI Special Issue Call for Papers: