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Modified GrabCut for Human Face Segmentation


Khattab,  Dina
Computer Graphics, MPI for Informatics, Max Planck Society;

Theobalt,  Christian
Computer Graphics, MPI for Informatics, Max Planck Society;


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Khattab, D., Theobalt, C., Hussein, A. S., & Tolba, M. F. (2014). Modified GrabCut for Human Face Segmentation. Ain Shams Engineering Journal, 5(4), 1083-1091. doi:10.1016/j.asej.2014.04.012.

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Abstract GrabCut is a segmentation technique for 2D still color images, which is mainly based on an iterative energy minimization. The energy function of the GrabCut optimization algorithm is based mainly on a probabilistic model for pixel color distribution. Therefore, GrabCut may introduce unacceptable results in the cases of low contrast between foreground and background colors. In this manner, this paper presents a modified GrabCut technique for the segmentation of human faces from images of full humans. The modified technique introduces a new face location model for the energy minimization function of the GrabCut, in addition to the existing color one. This location model considers the distance distribution of the pixels from the silhouette boundary of a fitted head, of a 3D morphable model, to the image. The experimental results of the modified GrabCut have demonstrated better segmentation robustness and accuracy compared to the original GrabCut for human face segmentation.