Using Wavelet-Based Contourlet Transform Illumination Normalization for Face Recognition

Evidently, the results of a face recognition system can be influenced by image illumination conditions. Regarding this, the authors proposed a system using wavelet-based contourlet transform normalization as an efficient method to enhance the lighting conditions of a face image. Particularly, this method can sharpen a face image and enhance its contrast simultaneously in the frequency domain to facilitate the recognition. The achieved results in face recognition tasks experimentally performed on Yale face database B have demonstrated that face recognition system with wavelet-based contourlet transform can perform better than any other systems using histogram equalization for its efficiency under varying illumination conditions.

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