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Face liveness detection using shearlet-based feature descriptors

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Litong Feng, Lai-Man Po, Yuming Li, Fang Yuan

City University of Hong Kong, Department of Electronic Engineering, 83 Tat Chee Avenue, Hong Kong, China

J. Electron. Imaging. 25(4), 043014 (Jul 21, 2016). doi:10.1117/1.JEI.25.4.043014
History: Received July 20, 2015; Accepted July 5, 2016
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Abstract.  Face recognition is a widely used biometric technology due to its convenience but it is vulnerable to spoofing attacks made by nonreal faces such as photographs or videos of valid users. The antispoof problem must be well resolved before widely applying face recognition in our daily life. Face liveness detection is a core technology to make sure that the input face is a live person. However, this is still very challenging using conventional liveness detection approaches of texture analysis and motion detection. The aim of this paper is to propose a feature descriptor and an efficient framework that can be used to effectively deal with the face liveness detection problem. In this framework, new feature descriptors are defined using a multiscale directional transform (shearlet transform). Then, stacked autoencoders and a softmax classifier are concatenated to detect face liveness. We evaluated this approach using the CASIA Face antispoofing database and replay-attack database. The experimental results show that our approach performs better than the state-of-the-art techniques following the provided protocols of these databases, and it is possible to significantly enhance the security of the face recognition biometric system. In addition, the experimental results also demonstrate that this framework can be easily extended to classify different spoofing attacks.

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Litong Feng ; Lai-Man Po ; Yuming Li and Fang Yuan
"Face liveness detection using shearlet-based feature descriptors", J. Electron. Imaging. 25(4), 043014 (Jul 21, 2016). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JEI.25.4.043014


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