Monogenic Riesz wavelet representation for micro-expression recognition

Yee Hui Oh, Anh Cat Le Ngo, John See, Sze Teng Liong, Raphael C.W. Phan, Huo Chong Ling

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A monogenic signal is a two-dimensional analytical signal that provides the local information of magnitude, phase, and orientation. While it has been applied on the field of face and expression recognition [1], [2], [3], there are no known usages for subtle facial micro-expressions. In this paper, we propose a feature representation method which succinctly captures these three low-level components at multiple scales. Riesz wavelet transform is employed to obtain multi-scale monogenic wavelets, which are formulated by quaternion representation. Instead of summing up the multi-scale monogenic representations, we consider all monogenic representations across multiple scales as individual features. For classification, two schemes were applied to integrate these multiple feature representations: a fusion-based method which combines the features efficiently and discriminately using the ultra-fast, optimized Multiple Kernel Learning (UFO-MKL) algorithm; and concatenation-based method where the features are combined into a single feature vector and classified by a linear SVM. Experiments carried out on a recent spontaneous micro-expression database demonstrated the capability of the proposed method in outperforming the state-of-the-art monogenic signal approach to solving the micro-expression recognition problem.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 IEEE International Conference on Digital Signal Processing, DSP 2015
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781479980581, 9781479980581
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Digital Signal Processing (DSP) 2015 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 21 Jul 201524 Jul 2015
Conference number: 20th (Proceedings)

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NameInternational Conference on Digital Signal Processing, DSP


ConferenceInternational Conference on Digital Signal Processing (DSP) 2015
Abbreviated titleDSP 2015
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  • facial micro-expressions
  • Monogenic signal
  • quaternion representation
  • Riesz wavelet transform

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