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DEX: Deep EXpectation of apparent age from a single image

Rasmus Rothe and Radu Timofte and Luc Van Gool
ChaLearn Looking at People workshop, International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)
December 2015

Abstract

In this paper we tackle the estimation of apparent age in still face images with deep learning. Our convolutional neural networks (CNNs) use the VGG-16 architecture and are pretrained on ImageNet for image classification. In addition, due to the limited number of apparent age annotated images, we explore the benefit of finetuning over crawled Internet face images with available age. We crawled 0.5 million images of celebrities from IMDB and Wikipedia that we make public. This is the largest public dataset for age prediction to date. We pose the age regression problem as a deep classification problem followed by a softmax expected value refinement and show improvements over direct regression training of CNNs. Our proposed method, Deep EXpectation (DEX) of apparent age, first detects the face in the test image and then extracts the CNN predictions from an ensemble of 20 networks on the cropped face. The CNNs of DEX were finetuned on the crawled images and then on the provided images with apparent age annotations. DEX does not use explicit facial landmarks. Our DEX is the winner (1st place) of the ChaLearn LAP 2015 challenge on apparent age estimation with 115 registered teams, significantly outperforming the human reference.


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@InProceedings{eth_biwi_01229,
  author = {Rasmus Rothe and Radu Timofte and Luc Van Gool},
  title = {DEX: Deep EXpectation of apparent age from a single image},
  booktitle = {ChaLearn Looking at People workshop, International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) },
  year = {2015},
  month = {December},
  keywords = {}
}