ICface: Interpretable and controllable face reenactment using GANs

Soumya Tripathy, Juho Kannala, Esa Rahtu

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This paper presents a generic face animator that is able to control the pose and expressions of a given face image. The animation is driven by human interpretable control signals consisting of head pose angles and the Action Unit (AU) values. The control information can be obtained from multiple sources including external driving videos and manual controls. Due to the interpretable nature of the driving signal, one can easily mix the information between multiple sources (e.g. pose from one image and expression from another) and apply selective postproduction editing. The proposed face animator is implemented as a two stage neural network model that is learned in self-supervised manner using a large video collection. The proposed Interpretable and Controllable face reenactment network (ICface) is compared to the state-of-the-art neural network based face animation techniques in multiple tasks. The results indicate that ICface produces better visual quality, while being more versatile than most of the comparison methods. The introduced model could provide a lightweight and easy to use tool for multitude of advanced image and video editing tasks. The program code will be publicly available upon the acceptance of the paper.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2020 IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision, WACV 2020
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781728165530
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventIEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision - Snowmass Village, United States
Duration: 1 Mar 20205 Mar 2020

Publication series

NameIEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision
ISSN (Print)1550-5790
ISSN (Electronic)2642-9381


ConferenceIEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision
Abbreviated titleWACV
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySnowmass Village


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