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Call for Papers: IJPRAI Special Issue on Facial Image Processing and Analysis


International Journal of Pattern Recognition
and Artificial Intelligence

Special Issue on

Facial Image Processing and Analysis



International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial
Intelligence (IJPRAI) is seeking original and unpublished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'

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:
o 3D-based face recognition
o Near infrared imaging for face recognition
o Video-based face recognition

o Image preprocessing for face detection / recognition
o Color-based facial image processing and analysis
o De-blurring and super-resolution for robust face
  detection / recognition

Face and feature detection:
o Face detection for best-shot selection
o Facial feature detection and extraction
o 3D head modeling and face tracking

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

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

Dataset and evaluation:
o Challenging datasets
o Video-based datasets
o Statistical performance evaluation

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

Submission procedure:

Manuscript should conform to the standard guidelines of the
International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial
Intelligence. Instructions for formatting papers can be found
in the Guidelines for Contributors at
Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their
complete manuscript via IJPRAI online submission system
(http://www.editorialmanager.com/ijprai/) 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

Important dates:

Manuscript submission deadline: December 1, 2007
First notification: March 15, 2008
Revised manuscript submission: June 30, 2008
Notification of final decision: September 15, 2008
Final manuscript due: November 1, 2008
Publication of the special issue: 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