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16 August 2011
For the past few weeks, I have been carrying out some forensic face recognition experiments based on the CMU MultiPIE dataset. The objective of these experiments is to test a new framework for forensic face recognition. Therefore, in these experiments, I use a commercial face recognition system as a "black box". In other words, in these experiments, I am not concerned with how this commercial face recognition system works but I aim to present a framework for applying automatic face recognition systems to forensic cases.
Today, I finished the last part of the experiment and I feel so frustrated from the results that I have decided to express my frustrations in this blog post. To be honest, I had never been so frustrated in the past few years. I have the following appeal to all the researchers (including myself) involved in face recognition:
It is not difficult to understand why the professionals involved in forensic face recognition cases prefer to use trained human experts for face matching. Today's frustration has a bright side as well. I now feel happy to be exploring a dilapidated research avenue. Not only more reasons to be frustrated but also more reasons to try out new ideas and challenge the conventional wisdom.