Validation of the automatic tracking for facial landmarks in 3D motion captured images

Al-Anezi, Thamer Z. (2011) Validation of the automatic tracking for facial landmarks in 3D motion captured images. MSc(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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The aim of this study was to validate the automatic tracking of facial landmarks in 3D image sequences captured using the Di4D system (Dimensional Imaging Ltd., Glasgow, UK).
32 subjects (16 males; 16 females) range 18-35 years were recruited. 23 facial landmarks were marked on the face of each subject with a 0.5 mm non-permanent ink. The subjects were asked to perform three facial animations from the rest position (maximal smile, lip purse and cheek puff). Each animation was captured by a 3D stereophotogrammetry video system (Di4D). A single operator digitized landmarks on captured 3D models and the manual digitised landmarks were compared with the automatic tracked landmarks. To investigate the accuracy of manual digitisation, the same operator re-digitized 2 subjects (1 male and 1 female).
The discrepancies in x, y and z coordinates between the manual digitised landmarks and the automatic tracked facial landmarks were within 0.5 mm and the mean distance between the manual digitisation and the automatic tracking of corresponding landmarks using tracking software was within 0.7 mm which reflects the accuracy of the method( p value was very small). The majority of these distances were within 1 mm. The correlation coefficient between the manual and the automatic tracking of facial landmarks was 0.999 in all x, y, and z coordinates.

In conclusion, Automatic tracking of facial landmarks with satisfactory accuracy, would facilitate the analysis of the dynamic motion during facial animations.

Item Type: Thesis (MSc(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Keywords: 3D stereophotogrammetry, automatic tracked ,dynamic motion
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Colleges/Schools: College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Dental School
Supervisor's Name: Ayoub, Prof. Ashraf
Date of Award: 2011
Depositing User: Mr thamer alanezi
Unique ID: glathesis:2011-3056
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 03 May 2012
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 14:03

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