Chris McCool

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This paper presents a novel fully automatic bi-modal, face and speaker, recognition system which runs in real-time on a mobile phone. The implemented system runs in real-time on a Nokia N900 and demonstrates the feasibility of performing both automatic face and speaker recognition on a mobile phone. We evaluate this recognition system on a novel(More)
Bob is a free signal processing and machine learning toolbox originally developed by the Biometrics group at Idiap Research Institute, Switzerland. The toolbox is designed to meet the needs of researchers by reducing development time and efficiently processing data. Firstly, Bob provides a researcher-friendly Python environment for rapid development.(More)
This paper applies inter-session variability modelling and joint factor analysis to face authentication using Gaussian mixture models. These techniques, originally developed for speaker authentication, aim to explicitly model and remove detrimental within-client (inter-session) variation from client models. We apply the techniques to face authentication on(More)
In this paper, we use a hill-climbing attack algorithm based on Bayesian adaption to test the vulnerability of two face recognition systems to indirect attacks. The attacking technique uses the scores provided by the matcher to adapt a global distribution computed from an independent set of users, to the local specificities of the client being attacked. The(More)
In this paper, we present a scalable and exact solution for probabilistic linear discriminant analysis (PLDA). PLDA is a probabilistic model that has been shown to provide state-of-the-art performance for both face and speaker recognition. However, it has one major drawback: At training time estimating the latent variables requires the inversion and storage(More)
Person recognition using facial features, e.g., mug-shot images, has long been used in identity documents. However, due to the widespread use of web-cams and mobile devices embedded with a camera, it is now possible to realize facial video recognition, rather than resorting to just still images. In fact, facial video recognition offers many advantages over(More)
Fine-grained leaf classification has concentrated on the use of traditional shape and statistical features to classify ideal images. In this paper we evaluate the effectiveness of traditional hand-crafted features and propose the use of deep convolutional neural network (Conv Net) features. We introduce a range of condition variations to explore the(More)
This paper shows that Hidden Markov Models (HMMs) can be effectively applied to 3D face data. The examined HMM techniques are shown to be superior to a previously examined Gaussian Mixture Model (GMM) technique. Experiments conducted on the Face Recognition Grand Challenge database show that the Equal Error Rate can be reduced from 0.88% for the GMM(More)
This paper details the results of a Face Authentication Test (FAT2004) [2] held in conjunction with the 17th International Conference on Pattern Recognition. The contest was held on the publicly available BANCA database [1] according to a defined protocol [7]. The competition also had a sequestered part in which institutions had to submit their algorithms(More)
This paper examines session variability modelling for face authentication using Gaussian mixture models. Session variability modelling aims to explicitly model and suppress detrimental within-class (inter-session) variation. We examine two techniques to do this, inter-session variability modelling (ISV) and joint factor analysis (JFA), which were initially(More)