Markerless 3D Face Tracking
C. Walder, M. Breidt, H.H. Bülthoff, B. Schölkopf and C. Curio
In: Pattern Recognition: 31st DAGM Symposium(2009).
We present a novel algorithm for the markerless tracking of
deforming surfaces such as faces. We acquire a sequence of 3D scans along with color images at 40Hz. The data is then represented by implicit surface and color functions, using a novel partition-of-unity type method of efficiently combining local regressors using nearest neighbor searches. Both these functions act on the 4D space of 3D plus time, and use temporal information to handle the noise in individual scans. After interactive registration of a template mesh to the first frame, it is then automatically deformed to track the scanned surface, using the variation of both shape and color as features in a dynamic energy minimization problem. Our prototype system yields high-quality animated 3D models
in correspondence, at a rate of approximately twenty seconds per timestep. Tracking results for faces and other objects are presented.