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Understanding Deep Face Recognition

Understanding Deep Face Recognition

Objective

Face recognition is a fascinating domain: no other domain seems to present as much value when analysing casual photos; it is one of the few domains in machine learning in which millions of classes are routinely learned; and the trade-off between subtle inter-identity variations and pronounced intra-identity variations forms a unique challenge.

The advent of deep learning has brought machines to what is considered a human level of performance. However, there are many research questions that are left open. At the top most level, we ask two questions: what is unique about faces in comparison to other recognition tasks that also employ deep networks and how can we make the next leap in performance of automatic face recognition?

We consider three domains of research. The first is the study of methods that promote effective transfer learning. This is crucial since all state of the art face recognition methods rely on transfer learning. The second domain is the study of the tradeoffs that govern the optimal utilization of the training data and how the properties of the training data affect the optimal network design. The third domain is the post transfer utilization of the learned deep networks, where given the representations of a pair of face images, we seek to compare them in the most accurate way.

Throughout this proposal, we put an emphasis on theoretical reasoning. I aim to support the developed methods by a theoretical framework that would both justify their usage as well as provide concrete guidelines for using them. My goal of achieving a leap forward in performance through a level of theoretical analysis that is unparalleled in object recognition, makes our research agenda truly high-risk/ high-gains. I have been in the forefront of face recognition for the last 8 years and my lab's recent achievements in deep learning suggest that we will be able to carry out this research. To further support its feasibility, we present very promising initial results.
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Host institution

TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY

Address

Ramat Aviv
69978 Tel Aviv

Israel

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 696 888

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TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 1 696 888

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 725974

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2017

  • End date

    30 April 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 696 888

  • EU contribution

    € 1 696 888

Hosted by:

TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY

Israel