Advancements in Face Research: A Conversation Between Humans and Machines

Venue: MMU Business School
Thursday 23rd June 2016

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We would like to thank everyone who attended the Workshop for allowing this to happen. We would also like to thank our keynote speakers for the talks they gave.

Student Travel Grant

To help cover travel expenses, the organising committee are offering student attendees the chance to claim back the cost of travelling to the workshop. To apply, please send a short summary (max 250 words) outlining the reasons why you should be considered for this grant to Adrian Davison at A.Davison(at) Please ensure to include your name, email and institution when applying.
Eligibility: All registered student attendees are able to apply. Only travel expenses are covered and all receipts must be submitted as proof. The closing date for applications will be 15th June with notification of acceptance shortly after.

Keynote Speakers:

Mr. Cliff Lansley
Emotional Intelligence Academy

Dr. Tomos Williams
Image Metrics

Dr. Stefanos Zafeiriou
Imperial College London

Professor Peter Hancock
University of Stirling

Dr. William Smith
University of York

Mini-workshop Topics:

In addition to the keynote speakers, the programme will feature three mini-workshop with topics that will be discussed in small groups providing the opportunity for attendees to have in-depth discussions and move research forward.

The focus of the first mini-workshop is on the social impact of face appearance on human behaviour. We are interested in comparing the effectiveness of human and machine vision assessment of the impact of human behaviour change for smokers. The discussion will address the following questions: "Do smokers look older?" and "Are there any correlations between human and machine vision assessments of the impact of smoking?" Research suggests that the demonstration of the impact of smoking by facial morphing is likely to be effective in helping people to quit smoking. The question for computer scientists is "How can you contribute to the development of relevant software?"

The second mini-workshop will focus on "What does human vision tell us about face-analysis and recognition?" The goal is to bring together psychology, biology and computer vision in the context of face analysis and biometrics. How are expressions, emotions or variety in facial appearance experienced and explained by biology and psychology, and how can computer vision benefit from the understanding of human face perception? Are current computer vision and biometrics algorithms well in line with that knowledge, or should we explore different research directions?

A third mini-workshop will focus on technological challenges. It will focus on important questions of our current research that are rarely discussed amongst different research groups or even different people: Are current face databases for facial analysis sufficient? What about existing software, labelling schemes (e.g. landmarking) and data collection? Are we focusing on relevant research problems, using the right methodologies, and what do we need to move forward?

Tentative programme:

Time Event
08:45 - 09:30 Welcome - Tea and coffee
09:30 - 09:45 Opening
09:45 - 10:15 Mr. Cliff Lansley, Emotional Intelligence Academy
10:20 - 10:50 Professor Peter Hancock
10:50 - 11:05 Coffee, tea and light refreshments
11:05 - 11:35 Dr. Stefanos Zafeiriou
11:40 - 12:10 Dr. Tomos Williams, Image Metrics
12:15 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 13:45 Dr. William Smith
13:50 - 15:45 Mini-workshops - 3 tracks
15:45 - 16:00 Coffee, tea and refreshments
16:00 - 17:00 Closing and a plenum discussion

Register for Event:

To register for the Face workshop click here, all booking goes through the Eventbrite service.

Advisory Panel:

Professor Josef Kittler
University of Surrey

Professor Timothy Cootes
University of Manchester


Dr. Moi Hoon Yap
Manchester Metropolitan University

Mr. Patrik Huber
University of Surrey

Organising Committee:

Dr. Moi Hoon Yap
Manchester Metropolitan University

Mr. Patrik Huber
University of Surrey

Professor Gee-Sern (Jison) Hsu
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

Dr. Adrian K. Davison
Manchester Metropolitan University

Mr. Connah Kendrick
Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr. Kevin Tan
Manchester Metropolitan University




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