THE FUTURE
OF SHAVING

Computer graphics  | Computer vision  |  Automatic texture generation

THE FUTURE
OF SHAVING

Computer graphics  | Computer vision  |  Automatic texture generation

THE FUTURE
OF SHAVING

Computer graphics  | Computer vision  |  Automatic texture generation

Are you a master’s student in computer science looking for a project for your thesis?

At INDG, we are looking to demonstrate the capabilities of products such as shavers and trimmers using the latest technology.

Proposal: Virtual Substitution of Facial Hair

PROBLEM DESCRIPTION

To demonstrate the capabilities of razors and electrical shavers, manufacturers would like to promote their products by showing what is possible using their products. In the past this was done through advertisements and photographs but in recent years it has become possible to directly include the customer in this process. Similar to allowing customers try on virtual clothes, this type of advertising aims to show the result of their products directly on the customer. However, in contrast to virtual fitting of clothing where an image can simply be rendered on top of an image of the customer, showing the result of hairstyling products requires modification of said image.

RESEARCH QUESTION

This research proposal aims to find a method or algorithm that when given an input image of a person, is able to detect and visually remove facial hair as a first step and then render new facial hair in its place. This new facial hair should look believable or at least give a good impression of what a person would look like with that hairstyle.

In the last year research has been done on automatically generating textures that include detailed biological features such as hairs and wrinkles. It might be possible to use these algorithms to (partially) generate facial hairs in the second step.

For the removal of facial hair and extracting the correct biological parameters required for rendering we propose to use an algorithm similar to the one used in Chou[1] or Tsumura[2].

CONCLUSION

In order for manufacturers to promote their hairstyling products we wish to research the possiblity to be able to virtually remove the facial hair from a photograph and supplant it with a synthetically generated set of facial hair as specifi ed for the user.

REFERENCES

[1] Jia-Kai Chou and Chuan-Kai Yang. Simulation of face/hairstyle swapping in photographs with skin texture synthesis. Multimedia Tools and Applications, 63(3):729{756, 2011.

[2] Norimichi Tsumura, Nobutoshi Ojima, Kayoko Sato, Mitsuhiro Shiraishi, Hideto Shimizu, Hirohide Nabeshima, Syuuichi Akazaki, Kimihiko Hori, and Yoichi Miyake. Image-based skin color and texture analysis/synthesis by extracting hemoglobin and melanin information in the skin. ACM Trans. Graph., 22(3):770{779, July 2003.