Why DFW workshop ?

With recent advancements in deep learning, the capabilities of automatic face recognition have been significantly increased. However, face recognition in an unconstrained environment with non-cooperative users is still a research challenge, pertinent for users such as law enforcement agencies. While several covariates such as pose, expression, illumination, aging, and low resolution have received significant attention, “disguise” is still considered an arduous covariate of face recognition.

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As shown in the figure below, disguise as a covariate involves both intentional and unintentional changes on a face through which one can either obfuscate his/her identity or impersonate someone else’s identity. The problem can be further exacerbated due to an unconstrained environment or “in the wild” scenarios. However, disguise in the wild has not been studied in a comprehensive way, primarily due to unavailability of such a database.


As part of this workshop, we will conduct a competition in which participants will be asked to show their results on the proposed disguised faces in the wild (DFW) database. Top performing algorithms will be invited to submit their papers in the workshop and selected papers will be invited for presentation. Authors who have not participated in the competition can also submit the paper.


Methods for impersonating identities using disguise

Face recognition with disguise variations

Methods for detecting disguise variations

Face recognition with makeup variations

Recognizing partially occluded faces

Important Dates

Jan 20, 2018

Team Enrollment

Jan 21, 2018

Data Sharing with Protocols

Feb 20, 2018

Results Submission to Organizers

Mar 10, 2018

Paper submission

Apr 01, 2018

Notification to authors

Apr 07, 2018

Camera ready deadline

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We invite researchers to participate in the “Disguised faces in the wild” competition and submit their research papers in the workshop.

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