De-identifying facial images using singular value decomposition and projections

P. Chriskos, Olga Zoidi, Anastasios Tefas, Ioannis Pitas

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In this paper, two methods are presented that manipulate images to hinder automatic face identification. They partly degrade image quality, so that humans can identify the persons in a scene, while face identification algorithms fail to do so. The approaches used involve: a) singular value decomposition (SVD) and b) image projections on hyperspheres. Simulation experiments verify that these methods reduce the percentage of correct face identification rate by over 90 %. Additionally, the final image is not degraded beyond recognition by humans, in contrast with the majority of other de-identification methods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3435–3468
Number of pages34
JournalMultimedia Tools and Applications
Issue number3
Early online date5 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017


  • Face de-idenification
  • Privacy protection
  • Singular value decomposition
  • Projections on hyperspheres

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